First of all, let me congratulate President Obama on his successful reelection. I did not vote for him and I am not happy with the results, but he did win the election. As unhappy as I am, that is how America rolls. We have successful transitions of power, instead of the kind of violence we see in Libya, Syria, Egypt, etc. As sour as these grapes may be, I’ll still take America over any country in the world.
Having said that, let me get to some of my personal feelings. I am still in shock that the majority of Americans want another four years of Barack Obama. We have had four years of dismal economic growth, even though he promised we would see an economic boom because of the money he was spending. That did not materialize, yet he wants to do it again. Again, the shock that the majority of Americans believe that is the path we need to take. Even though the exit polls showed a majority of voters believed we are on the wrong track, they gave Obama another four years with which to continue that track. That is a major contradiction that I can not reconcile, at least this close to the election. Other trends that worry me is how the turnout looked in some states, but that will also have to come later. I just don’t have it in me to look at it and give a proper analysis.
Please forgive me for grumbling about what is taking place. I do not consider myself a poor loser, but I am extremely disturbed by what is transpiring in our country. The number of those who are on government dependency has continued to grow in the past four years and I see nothing to suggest that trend will reverse. Is this what Americans really want, a country where the government provides for so many people? Apparently so and that troubles me greatly. Where has the America gone, the country where everyone had opportunity and took it, instead of waiting on the government to give them what they need?
What will happen in the next four years is fairly clear. Here is a short paragraph from President Obama’s acceptance speech.
You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. And in the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together. Reducing our deficit. Reforming our tax code. Fixing our immigration system. Freeing ourselves from foreign oil. We’ve got more work to do.
Does that sound familiar? It should, as it is the same refrain he was using in 2008, except for the part of having more work to do. I find it disconcerting to see him falling back on the same mantra of wanting to work across the aisle, when he has made it abundantly clear that he has no desire to do so. This is one time when actions truly do speak louder than words. No matter what he says, Obama has shown no inclination that he wants to work with Republicans. His idea of compromise is simple. They give him everything he wants and they get nothing in return. Unless he grants them a few obligatory spending cuts, ten years down the road. I see nothing good coming from another four years of the same song and dance.
President Obama has already stated it would be easier to work without Congress. He has done so, via Executive Order, numerous times. Now that he has no reelection worries, how far will he be willing to go to enact his agenda? And make no mistake, he has an agenda that will harm America. Some may believe he will be a normal lame duck President and work to produce a legacy worthy of the Office of the President, but I think not. He now has the flexibility he desired and I am afraid he will make full use of it.
What will a second Obama term look like? Examine his first term and then double down on that. He has nothing to hold him back, except for the Republicans in the House of Representatives, and I am not at all convinced they have what it takes to stand in the gap. Without new and bold leadership, I am afraid they will fold and capitulate, making it almost impossible to stop the agenda Obama will certainly put forward.
A regulatory nightmare is on its way and there seems little we can do to stop it. Obamacare will be fully implemented and forever entrenched in our country. Taxes are almost certain to go up and spending is almost certain to increase. The only thing I can see that can convince Americans real change is needed is a complete and total economic collapse. Until that happens, we seem to be willing to stay in a deep sleep, oblivious to what is transpiring in America.
When Barack Obama was campaigning in 2008, he promised to bring our country together, to mend the divisions that already existed. He has accomplished nothing in that regard, except to make it worse. America is more divided than it has ever been and much of that is due to his “us against them” rhetoric. He may be an American by birth, but he is not an American by spirit. A real American would not use such rhetoric.
I am truly concerned for America. I realize God is in full control and nothing happens without his knowledge. I also know that God sometimes gives us the desires of our heart, even if those desires are not good for us. I am afraid that is what is happening. We are getting the government we deserve.