Thursday, October 4, 2012

An Obvious Choice

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” - Winston Churchill

As I see poll after poll consistently showing how close the 2012 Presidential Election is, I want to break into a rant about how incredibly irrational the American people have become.  This really isn’t a tough decision, and we shouldn’t try to make it one.  How can anyone chose to vote for a man that had no tangible record before being elected president, and has spent the last four years creating one of nothing but division, incompetence, inconsistency, arrogance, and pandering.  He is the very definition of a demagogue, and yet somehow he is still believed to be a superior selection by many to a man whose life is the very definition of success.  Instead of holding up Romney’s impressive record of achievement as a scarlet letter or badge of shame, perhaps we should appreciate it for the notable resume it creates and tap into it by electing him.  But no, instead close to half of the electorate seems determined to reelect the corrupt Chicago political machine’s favorite son.  A “leader” that has only succeeded in emboldening our enemies, making our allies doubt us, and moving us further away from the beliefs that made us the nation that the rest of the world looks to.  Though we live in an age where information is more readily available than at any other time in history, we have reached a level of oblivion that is unprecedented.  I understand that news is now so influenced by the media’s heavily liberal personal opinions and political ideology that it is closer to propaganda than straight facts, but the truth is still out there for those willing to simply pay attention.  Is it that we have become so apathetic that we no longer demand our leaders to be the best of us, or to even be leaders?  Is it that we have already traveled too far down the descending staircase and are simply no longer a special and discerning people?  Or is that we have become so self-absorbed and obsessed with trivial gadgets and the next big mindless thing that we no longer have the slightest clue as to what is truly important?  Where have our standards gone?  What happened to common sense, logic, and accountability?  Why are so many so gullible? 

“Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.” – George Washington

For those with even a basic level of general awareness, President Obama’s time in office has been filled with contradiction and a total disregard for the duties and constraints of the office he holds.  What good reason could justify giving a man a second term that has wholly proven to be not just a poor president, but also a man that preaches and supports a repressive and dependent America?  Obama is a legend only in the minds of those that refuse to see the effects of his ideology, a legend not born of tangible results, but a fa├žade bordering on the divine.  He was the recipient of an undeserving mandate, and the cult of Obama that was created in 2008 is apparently still alive and well.  He has cultivated an adoring following that heaps underserved devotion upon him.  He seems impervious to having to answer for his violations of the Constitution, his failed foreign policy of appeasement, and his blatant favoritism of political supporters and sympathizers.  Such things mere mortals would be held to task for.  Denial is a powerful thing, but it has been taken to new heights by his devotees that accept and regurgitate the ridiculous spin and fairy tales handed out by the Obama administration and his campaign.  It was naive to elect him the first time; it would be downright pathetic to reelect him.  Whatever the reason for the results of the 2008 election: angry with the Republicans, wanting to be part of something historic, or simply believing we could do no worse than the previous administration; we have been resoundingly shown that Obama was not the answer; he was a mistake.  The only good thing about a mistake is that you learn what not to do.  Only fools repeat mistakes and expect different results, so to repeat this mistake answers in the affirmative that we are we are no longer worthy of the responsibility demanded of the American citizen. 

“Those who stand for nothing, fall for anything.” - Alexander Hamilton

We deserve only what we allow.  President Obama blatantly flaunts his contempt for the rule of law, the responsibilities of the office he holds, and the sanctity of our government’s structure and constraints.  He is completely comfortable choosing to be a guest on an afternoon talk show over meeting with his international counterparts during a time of rising global unrest.  Funny how a sitting president chooses campaigning over doing the job he is attempting to retain.  Wouldn’t being a good president be the best way to campaign for reelection?  Normally it would be, but apparently not for about forty-seven percent of American voters.  That kind of thinking would just be too logical, and that kind of behavior no longer applies.   He has the audacity to make the proclamation that a rapidly increasing $16 trillion debt is not a problem right now and that those that pay nearly half of all taxes are the ones that are not doing their fair share.  He feels no need to conceal his actions because our growing ignorance makes it easy.  When very few are paying attention, why expend the effort to hide the fact you are the most destructive president in the nation’s history.  Why did Obama look so unprepared for Wednesday night’s debate?  He didn’t feel the need to be.  And the fierce defense, some drifting into the area of absurdity, by his still ardent supporters reinforces his strategy.  President Obama and his campaign team understand and embrace the general ignorance of the people; while the Republicans continue to have an unfounded faith in the American people’s logic and common sense.  It is unfortunate, but the odds are always better when you bet on stupid.

“Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.” - George Bernard Shaw

We are selecting the leader of the free world, and yet people are more interested and informed about the new IPhone than we are about the two candidates running. I guess it really isn’t all that surprising we are on the verge of reelecting the disaster of the last four years.  We have become a nation so thoroughly confused about our priorities that we may be beyond the point of salvation.  When we are better versed on the specifications of a smartphone or the statistics of our favorite NFL team than we are on the true records of the two men running to be President of the United States, a positive outcome is not likely.  We are the perfect patsy, ripe to be taken advantage as willing participants forsaking our birthright as the keepers of mankind’s most audacious experiment.  Every great civilization falls, and if we make the wrong decision future generations will point to this time and this election as the pivotal moment where we failed them and our legacy of exceptionalism was lost. 

“It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope and pride. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.” - Patrick Henry

I would rather have a president that is a perceived elitist with a solid record of applicable experience and success, than have a president that claims to be “of the people” all the while never being held accountable and continuing to thrive on unearned affirmation.  We are angrier at someone who calls us out on our poor behavior than the one that takes advantage of it.  Honesty is sometimes hard to hear, but hear it we must.  The current used car salesman occupying the Oval Office tells you what you want to hear and smiles like he is doing what is in your best interests, the whole while he laughs at how easy it is to relieve you of your ambition and distract you from your duty to restrain the expansion of government power.  Regardless of how much he proclaims he understands you and wants to help you, his ideology will not allow it.  He believes government is the ultimate instrument of decision and the dictator of each person’s station in life.  The very ideas we rejected in our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.  Self-determination and responsibility are the antithesis of President Obama’s political beliefs and the socialist society he is attempting to cultivate here.  If people believe they are the most influential force in their own lives and then own the results of their actions and decisions, the influence and perceived need of a government helping hand or safety net is eliminated.  The source of Obama’s appeal is cutoff and he is exposed as the peddler of dependence and mediocrity he truly is.  He is wrecking the magnificent creation that is the United States, and some unexplainably want to reward him for it.  In the past, success was celebrated and sought after; today it is vilified and discouraged.  In the past, we were the essence of exceptional; today we are on the verge of a mighty fall.  Our great nation is descending into the ranks of mediocrity with the exuberant support of many of its citizens.  It is unfortunate we seem to be losing the necessary mix of perseverance and defiance to remain the pinnacle human civilization.

 “My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.” - Abraham Lincoln

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