The president-elect faces daunting problems. The nation is about to fall off a fiscal cliff. The national debt is over $16 trillion. The budget deficit is over $1 trillion and counting. The highest it’s been as a share of GDP since 1947. Unemployment is mired at almost 8%. Contrary to the CPI, which does not measure what Americans really buy, Inflation is real and rising. The threat of another recession looms large. America is perceived by other nations as weak and vacillating and an unreliable ally. The sacking of the consulate in Benghazi and the murder of four Americans is a scandal involving the highest level of government.
But fear not, the newly elected president can do what he does best: Blame the guy who held the office during the last four years.
Seriously, as Martin wrote, there was not much to smile about this morning. It seems incredible that the man who wreaked such havoc on the economy and on America’s position in the world could have been re-elected or that the contest would even have been close.
But there is this: according to the WSJ, the popular vote went to Romney 50% to 49% for the president. That says that half the nation voted to repudiate the president’s policies and that the work of this web page and all the bloggers like us has only just begun.
It’s about recapturing the national culture from the progressives to whom we consigned it by default decades ago. It’s about working at the state level to take back the education system through choice measures that allow parents to find better alternatives. It’s about holding those we elected accountable because as Clint Eastwood said: “They work for us.”
This is not Atlas Shrugged. There is no place to run and John Galt isn’t awaiting our arrival. There really are only two alternatives: surrender and watch our freedoms eroded one by one, or do battle where and how we can. The only guarantee is that if we do the former, losing is a certainty.