Wednesday, November 5, 2008
- Hail Ants
"I for one welcome our new Democrat overlords, and want to point out that as an influential blogger I can be useful in rounding up the others to work as labor in their new 'fairness' camps."
Well that’s that. For better or worse Barak Obama will be our next president. We are replacing an unpopular President who had good ideas but horrible execution with a popular President elect who has brilliant execution but horrible ideas. Obama ran a stunningly effective campaign which portrayed his far left roots as middle of the road centrism, and while John McCain foundered, he managed to fool some of the people some of the time. His animating principle is far left radicalism, but with the help of a complicit media, he managed to portray himself as a thoughtfully moderate centrist. OK … so be it… that’s politics. But it’s a fair question to ask what comes now? How will America react when they discover that the Obama they voted for isn’t the Obama they got?
To say that there will be some buyer’s remorse come 2009 is probably one of the greatest political understatements of all time. The level of deception in this election was absolutely unprecedented, but you can’t fool people forever. And even worse, those members of the far left who would still be comfortable with the new Obama when the curtain is pulled away will be just as disappointed as everyone else. He’s promised everything to everyone, and he can’t possible deliver for them all. The first time he tries to walk on water and sinks to his knees they’ll turn on him like wolves.
This is natural I suppose. The inevitable shattering of liberal ideals as they collide with the inescapable facts of reality is never pretty. But it’s a lesson I suppose we need to learn every generation or so. Obama was elected by the young; the most naïve portion of our electorate. And it’s in the disappointment of liberal children that conservatives are usually born. Carter’s malaise speech brought the Reagan conservatives to the fore, and Obama’s future version of it will no doubt do the same. Eventually everyone gets tired of making the same mistakes over and over. And when Obama starts raising taxes on those who would otherwise create jobs, driving businesses overseas, and massively increasing the cost of energy, the young will begin to get the point.
With that said though, it’s not like there aren’t good things about an Obama presidency, at least compared to a condescending John Kerry or sanctimonious Al Gore. It’s a good thing that America has elected its first black man, and the fact that he is so gifted an orator can’t hurt either. The Arab world will have a harder time portraying us as unequivocally evil, and even the French might give us a break for a few weeks at least. And since there’s no doubt that I’m one of the people who will be bearing the burdens of the Obama administration, there is no reason I can’t take some comfort from the good things as well.
In fact, my life and the life of my friends probably aren’t going to change much. Most of us live in the deep blue parts of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, so we’re already being ruled by a an elected class that believes we exist to serve it, and that doesn’t care a whit what we think about it. Our government is already composed of people who believe they are our public masters not our public servants, so for us it’s just a question of the feds getting in line as well. One more layer who thinks I'm the problem with America isn't going to phase me. It’s my friends and family in Texas, and the folks in the other 'free' parts of America that can expect to see lots of “change”. And as I'm sure you can imagine, they aren’t going to like it.
But if they want to complain about president Obama, come February they’re going to have to get in line. He doesn’t walk on water. He can’t cure the sick with the laying on of hands, and he will not bring on the perfect world that his most liberal supporters are counting on him for. He’s just a politician, and a fairly inexperienced one at that. And just as his buildup in the media was hyperbolic, so too will be his fall from their protective grace. Barak the messiah says 'yes we can'... but it's going to be a rough day when his followers find out that most of the time, "no, they actually can't" after all.