The long, long election season is at an end. Pundits, analysts, and the half-gleeful, half-mournful electorate will have their say. As will I.
The vision and policies of Obama will continue, with essentially the same federal structure established in 2010 – Republican House, Democrat Senate, dangerously puerile and incompetent Executive, schizophrenic SCOTUS. Left unchecked, here’s what we can look forward to:
- continued extra-Constitutional rule by fiat from the Oval Office
- catastrophic damage to our military–thus our security–due to sequestration
- virtually total isolation of Israel and an Iran armed with nuclear weapons, greater erosion of our relationships with historical allies
- completion of the government takeover of 1/6th of the US economy and the collapse of Medicare with the scheduled implementation of the components of Obamacare
- greater dependence on foreign energy sources, continued rising petroleum costs, more expensive domestic energy (and greater stress on an already overburdened power grid)
- borders that remain porous and unchecked illegal immigration
- more people out of work, more people added to the dependent class, fewer people able (or willing, if they are) to support those dependants
- Joe Biden a heartbeat away from the Presidency, presiding over a Senate that continues to fail at meeting the simple legal duty to provide a budget
- two, perhaps three new leftist justices to the Supreme Court
- staggering tax increases both by raising the current rates and funding obligations under Obamacare; continued misguided money management by the Federal Reserve
- more “stimulus” spending, higher deficits, ever-increasing national debt
And the list goes on.
I would be the first to admit that I am not a natural optimist. But I have never been without hope. Indulge me, please, while I quote myself from a recent correspondence:
” … what I have learned from history is that all civilizations–empires, if you will–rise and fall. The rise is (relatively) meteoric, the decline usually painfully long and drawn out. The devastation is ruinous whether delivered immediately or over time, nevertheless.
I have no reason to believe that the American experiment will prove an exception. We share the same human condition, are subject to the same faults–to the inevitable fate of all great civilizations.
While in the grand scheme of things ‘all is vanity and grasping for the wind,’ I believe that we humans possess the seed of divinely created dignity, a natural yearning for freedom and liberty. And that it is America that has provided the most fertile soil for that seed to sprout and grow. I see the events in my lifetime and from the half-century prior as weeds entering the garden, and that the willingness to tend that garden is gradually dissipating, squandered in the distractions of comfort and laziness characteristic of what history has shown exists in all civilizations as they declined.
Yes, the culture has assimilated the last 100 years of (what I view as) the fundamental shift from the precepts and philosophies that gave birth to this nation, its innovations, its accomplishments. Its wonderful, imperfect greatness. But at what price? The shift has occurred elsewhere before, in many of the same ways, and those cultures ultimately succumbed to the unavoidable collapse.
So. If we’re not an exception, and it’s inevitable, why do I bother about it? I suppose it’s also a part of human nature–certainly my nature–to want better for my progeny, for those around me, for those who don’t enjoy the blessings of this country.”
God, bless America.