I have heard a number of folks today expressing astonishment and dismay about the outcome of Tuesday’s presidential election. Astonishment because we have, over the last 4 years, experienced the least effective and most destructive presidential term since the Jimmy Carter days of gas rationing and American hostages in Iran. Dismay because there is no reason to expect that the next 4 years will alter course; we continue to have a Democrat-controlled Senate, a Republican-controlled Congress, and a President with no regard for either of them, or for the Constitution, or for the rule of law.
Looking back on the event, and the circumstances that brought it about, I guess we really shouldn’t be surprised. Here are some of the reasons:
The bottom line here is that America has reached, and now pushed over, a historical tipping point. It is no longer the nation where capitalists reign, building empires that amass great wealth and employ millions – both at home and abroad, but especially at home. While some of that remains, every passing year sees the decline of capitalism in America, and in a direct correlation, the decline in average household income among the middle class. The percent of our population in poverty, and the number of our population depending on food stamps continues to break new records day by day, as the policies of the Obama Administration taker deeper root.
The liberal and myopic policies of the Obama Administration, ranging from ObamaCare, to the auto industry bailout, to the “redistribution” of millions of dollars to now-insolvent “green energy” companies (most of which were owned by Obama campaign contributors from 2008) have driven us past $16 trillion in debt, with a trillion or so added every year. Literally half of the United States now receives some kind of US Government financial benefit. More people are now receivers than contributors. Everyone capable of doing simple arithmatic knows that this cannot continue indefinitely. Yet we witnessed, this very week, evidence that the majority (though a slight majority, it is a growing one) are willing to continue to spend beyond our means – as long as they “get theirs” right now. They care not at all whether their children or grandchildren will have anything left. We have already saddled each of them with nearly a quarter of a million dollars in debt as of today. The end of this road is now plainly visible in Greece, but almost no one is heeding this warning.
As is so often demonstrated in YouTube videos, “you just can’t fix stupid”. In America, we have managed to combine this with similar axioms: “you just can’t fix selfish”, (those who continue to borrow and spend at the cost of our childrens’ future) and “you just can’t fix lazy”. No one wants to deny Government benefits to anyone who is truly in need; certainly I would never advocate doing that. But it is unfathomable that literally half of the US population truly requires Government financial support. Yet here we are, and a growing percentage of the population just keeps demanding more. God help the United States of America; I am now praying that He will save us from ourselves.