While it might be tempting to hurl recriminations toward the libertarians for the spoiler role they may have played in many national races, that isn’t something we’re going to indulge in here. Except to say that the libertarians cut off their noses to spite their face and are now walking about noseless.
We could point out all the myriad ways in which the slimy operatives of the Democratic party indulged in heinously dishonest tactics to subvert the electoral process. They shredded Republican registrations, went out of their way to suppress the military vote, let the New Black Panthers go back to their old tricks, ejected Republican election judges, sued states who tried to address voter fraud, indulged in electioneering in voting places, raised the dead, and had their pets vote, among other things. But even these things only go so far in explaining the outcome of this election.
We could focus on the role the press played in actively suppressing any news unfavorable to Obama (60 Minutes), or their intentional ignoring of the aftermath of hurricane Sandy just as they blamed President Bush for the pain caused by Hurricane Katrina, We could point out the complete failure of the press to pick up on the major story of Benghazi and the despicable actions of a president who couldn’t be bothered to save American lives when he had the chance. But even that doesn’t go far enough to explain November 6, 2012.
If America were the country it once was, none of these things would matter, they would make up such a small percentage of the electorate as to be meaningless.
No, this one falls squarely on the shoulders of a populace more interested in being entertained than in being educated. In a way this is the culmination of 50+ years of an education system designed to indoctrinate rather than teach critical thinking. It is the natural outcome of a culture taught that superficiality counts more than character, that marriage is an antiquated institution, and that objective analysis and common sense equate to bigotry and racism. We have our rock star president, who “gets us” and mirrors our values with his hip iPod playlist and juvenile attitudes. We have a president whose attention span is no longer than our own. We have no right to be surprised to find out that he often skips his daily intelligence briefings. Mr. Obama is every bit as unsophisticated as the people who voted for him.
At about the time of our founding John Adams said,
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
We’ve obviously hit the tipping point. I wonder what’s next.