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Election 2012: What Went Wrong?


So President Barack Obama won Election 2012. What went wrong? Some people will go small and point towards factors such as the Chris Christie and Colin Powell’s backstabbing, a chance hurricane, a weak third debate from Romney, Romney’s unforced Jeep mistake, or the power of the ground game. But I think the what went wrong is something much bigger than this.

In my post Has America Passed the Point of No Return (ie, 50.1%+ Dependency on Government)? I quotes an article by John Hinderaker over at Powerline blog calledWhy Is This Election Close?:

…On paper, given Obama’s record, this election should be a cakewalk for the Republicans. Why isn’t it? I am afraid the answer may be that the country is closer to the point of no return than most of us believed. With over 100 million Americans receiving federal welfare benefits, millions more going on Social Security disability, and many millions on top of that living on entitlement programs–not to mention enormous numbers of public employees–we may have gotten to the point where the government economy is more important, in the short term, than the real economy. My father, the least cynical of men, used to quote a political philosopher to the effect that democracy will work until people figure out they can vote themselves money. I fear that time may have come….

…I am afraid the problem in this year’s race is economic self-interest: we are perilously close to the point where 50% of our population cares more about the money it gets (or expects to get) from government than about the well-being of the nation as a whole. Throw in a few confused students, pro-abortion fanatics, etc., and you have a Democratic majority…

I sensed that this was the case last week.

In my ‘endorsement of Romney post’, I tried to address this issue because I recognized that this might be the case- but notice that at no point did I ever realistically predict on this blog that President Romney would win the election because I have had too many conversations over the past week with people who voted for Obama because they perceived that Obama transferred wealth to them that they did not earn.

Teachers, auto workers, those who refinanced home loans, green companies, union workers, farmers, road workers, government workers, those on social security, those on food stamps, those on unemployment, those on government assistance- these people now make up over 50% of the population and realize that they only get by by using the power of the state to take wealth from those who produce and earn it and transfer it to them. The takers now outnumber the givers, and slowly but surely will ever more thoroughly plunder them.

The problem with passing this point is that there is no turning back- the process actually accelerates, as those who produce wealth realize that it is much easier to take than it is to work hard and produce, and as those producers of wealth drop out of the system it becomes necessary to plunder those who remain even more.

The rich- those millionaires who President Obama has been demanding more from and those businesses who remain productive and successful- are going to be either faced with one of two options- pay an ever increasing share of the wealth that the ever increasing share of takers demands, or join the ruling elite and use the power of the state to protect themselves from the predatory state and as a thank you reward the ruling powers with greater political contributions and support.

So where does this take us? Here is my prediction, from my earlier post Three Possible Futures for America:

…(Second Scenario): America is at a crossroads and that it if President Obama and his Democratic allies (also including any Republican that supports government attack on life, liberty, and protection of property) remain in power it is likely that the damage that they will do- together with the damage they have already done- will be too great to recover from and never again will children live the same prosperous, happy, and secure lives that their parents did before them. An Obama win here will be the end of America- another four years of him remaining in power will solidify the damage already done and he will do further damage- he will ignore Congress and implement his policies of steering wealth and power to his friends, regardless of the wishes of the American people…

The America that we all know and love and grew up with is gone. You now have two options. Option one- work the same amount and steadily become more poor, less free, and have your life be less secure. Or mole your way into the political elite, bow and scrape to your political masters, buy off politicians and corrupt the system as never before to protect yourself, and realize that America is on the path towards being a despotic nation just like every other nation in the world throughout the history of the world.

Personally, this means that at some point, I will need to shut down this blog and go into hiding- a fate that I have been barely avoiding for the past year as my enemies sniff ever closer and grow ever bolder. It’s time to get real small and avoid the coming storm. Or perhaps I will fight, like my patriot forefathers have done before me, putting my family and fortunes at risk of retribution in the vain hope of fighting a futile rearguard action in the name of liberty and freedom. I guess you’ll see which it is over the next several months.

Original Post:  A Conservative Teacher

  • Chris Dominguez

    Holy cow, dude, get over yourself. This was just an election, conducted according to the rules laid out in our country’s revered Constitution. It wasn’t some sort of apocalyptic coup d’etat. And we are all just voters. You, in particular, are not some sort of romantic Resistance fighter in a black turtleneck and beret. As a matter of fact, Mitt Romney himself doesn’t seem to be worried about the country’s basic stability, so maybe you shouldn’t be worried either. If you re looking for some consolation, here’s this: Republicans still control the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court. That’s two out of the three branches of the federal government to protect your political preferences, and — if need be — your basic rights. Enough with the drama. Get hold of yourself, sir. ‘Tis unmanly, this thing you are doing.

    • Thanks for the comment Chris, but I disagree with you- I’ve been in public schools for years and entire generations of socialists are being churned out. Exit polls show more support for socialism than capitalism, especially in the younger generation. Those younger voters may get older and possibly wiser- but I wouldn’t bet on that.

      Democrats won more votes for the House- the only reason the Republicans kept it is that they gerrymandered districts in 2010. And 4 years from now, as 2 conservative judges and 1 moderate judge retire, the Supreme Court will be as liberal and progressive as at any time in history.

  • Your father got it right, they’ve voted for more free stuff. It won’t last but this was the point of no return. You can’t expect to snort crack and not become a crack whore when the money runs out.

    I don’t see any point in fighting it through violence or such because there are simply more takers than makers, you lose in the long run.

    I don’t know if it’s possible, but maybe the red states can break off from the union, cut the parasites loose and strike it out on your own before they take you all down with you.

  • Chris Dominguez

    I appreciate your thoughtful response, CT — and I hope that you caught the wry humor in my comment. I’m not here to indulge in shadenfruede; I’m here to see how my conservative friends are doing and to try to buck up your spirits.

    Look, man, I’ve been where you are. I was out knocking on doors for Michael Dukakis back in 1988, and it hurt to wake up on Wednesday morning after election day. And then I had to deal with watching Gore lose to Bush, and then watching Kerry lose. It definitely hurts to find that your fellow citizens disagree with you about who the best man for the job is. But there is only one country in the world that actually believes in old school socialism — North Korea. Cuba is going to reject socialism as soon as Castro dies. Maybe Chavez can do some socialist voodoo over the long term, maybe not. But there is no support in the U.S. or any of the developed country for socialism as it has been classically defined — public ownership of the means of production and strict limitations on private property. This country is not going to stop being free. Liberty is not in danger. The Constitution is working just as it is supposed to do, ensuring that various interests are represented and that steam is blown out of the system at regular intervals. Have some faith in the Constitution, CT — this country has been around a long time, and this is by no means the most serious crisis we Americans have weathered.

  • Chris Dominguez

    Right Wing Theocrat: I think it’s somewhat inaccurate to assume that 51% of your fellow citizens all voted for more “free stuff.” Is it not the case that just a couple of months ago, all the Republicans were saying that Democrats were elites? Is it not the case that just a few months ago we Democrats were all overeducated, latte-sipping, Volvo-driving members of the overclass? How is it that we are now suddenly all a bunch of welfare-accepting, food-stamp-eating government dependents? I submit for your consideration that Democrats are just as capable of casting votes based on their perception of the country’s long-term interests as Republicans.