Well at least the GOP kept the house.
“Well at least the GOP kept the house.”
The same House that caved on the budget the last two years and will continue to do so under Speaker Boehner’s leadership. In the upcoming fiscal cliff negotiations expect Boehner to compromise for the sake of the nation. He’ll sign off on tax increases and will not extract any meaningful spending reductions. He won’t even make an attempt to defund Obamacare even though the House controls appropriations. Expect 4 more years of continuing resolutions and trillion dollar deficits. Bernanke will run the presses to fund the deficit, the dollar will collapse and we will have hyperinflation. When the collapse comes the people who voted for Obama tonight will blame Wall Street and the rich.
My only question. No doubt there will be a move to repeal the 22nd Amendment so Obama can run for a third term. Will the House pass it in the spirit of compromise?
Well, that’s it. The country decided to vote for the status quo.
This is just my two cents, but it seems to me that we have a couple of things that we need to contend with.
1. There are a lot of wishy-washy people who don’t appear to believe in anything. It’s my opinion that people like that tend to stay that way until they experience some sort of jarring epiphany of a negative sort. If we haven’t yet nudged them in that direction (to hijack a leftie term), we have a duty to do so.
2. 95%, give or take, of the black population will vote for a black Dem NO MATTER WHAT. Of course, those of us who have to live next to hellholes like Philly have known that for decades (when Wilson Goode got 99% of the black vote even after running the city into the ground that pretty much proved it). It’s right and proper to try to reach out to those among them who are still religious (and not in a “false prophet” Reverend Wright sort of way), but understand that there is a large segment who will never see reason. They’ve been brainwashed over generations by racial animosity and it’s become self-reinforcing. They are literally at “war” in their minds.
3. There is no small amount of people in this country who want “free stuff”, no matter who has to pay for it. You could say that they’re susceptible to silver-tongued people preaching the “virtue of envy”.
4. There is a segment of the white population, on the coasts but also along the Great Lakes, whose primary belief system is in feeling good about themselves and not in any abstract principles of what government is for and what it is not for.
5. We have a real problem with insular groups—ethnic, gender, whatever, that demand to have their asses kissed. What Sandra Fluke taught me is it’s not that women can’t pay for contraception, it’s that they want the rest of the country to kneel and kiss the proverbial ring. The same goes for every other “bloc”—everyone seems to want to have their “special identity” acknowledged so they can feel that they are being respected. Is it a sick twist of “respect”? Of course, but it is what it is.
6. And lastly, there are a lot of really ignorant (read: uneducated) people in this country who believe whatever mushy pablum they see on the tube. They love what they’re told to love and hate what they’re told to hate.
I don’t claim to have answers to all of these issues, but here are my thoughts:
I’m generally a tightwad, but I’ve gotten somewhat lax in going as Galt as I should be. It’s time to redouble my efforts with a newfound intensity. Before I buy something, I’m first going to see if I can do without it or craft it myself. I will especially ask myself, “is this going toward a service as opposed to a physical item?” If the answer is “yes”, then I will find a way to do without it.
I’ve been saying privately that I don’t have a problem with people having and using birth control, because the people who seem to need them the most tend to vote for socialism and tend to produce offspring like them. My opinion is that we should ship birth control into the cities by the truckload. If the 95% I mentioned above are determined to be at war with me, then anything that they do that limits their population growth is just fine with me. If I am forced into a war of attrition, then I intend to win it. As General Patton said, “no poor bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won a war by making the other poor bastard die for his.”
In 1980 the suffering became so bad that people had a momentary epiphany, but it was not one of principle—it was utilitarian. The people in this country are capable of principled governance, they are just too uneducated or unwilling to do so. I’m willing to accept that and its conclusion—they will only respond to such a painful epiphany, and only momentarily, but that is better than nothing.
I don’t feel depressed, nor do I feel angry. I feel determined, in a very cold, hard way.