The most productive people, the small business owners, the entrepreneurs and the honest wage earners of America are so demoralized right now I am not sure we will recover as a country. We have lost the most important election of our lifetime and did so after giving our best effort, spent the most money ever and working the hardest we have ever worked. The very people that America needs the most to generate a real recovery now have the least motivation to do so and worse, lack the confidence necessary to even justify the effort.PASTORIUS COMMENT:
We opposed a foe who was so obviously incompetent, corrupt and inept in leadership we really expected a landslide victory and a redeeming mandate to return the nation to conservative values. Instead what we got was a harsh slap in the face by an American public telling us it is not like us and it no longer believes in what we believe in.
As a country we are hopelessly divided by a malignant polarization approaching that which divided us prior to the Civil War. Our side will not march in the streets, but the rebellion, protests and resistance will be just as determined -- though more subtle. The American can-do spirit, our optimism, our traditional dependence on our own ingenuity is now mere kindling on the advancing flame of an insidious yet steadily advancing socialism.
Those of us who create real jobs, invest our capital, our fortunes and take the risks to build America, feel betrayed. The fundamentals of honest effort and hard work rendering the rewards associated with capitalism seem now like a cruel joke. We are now a targeted enemy not to be governed but coerced into submission by a lazy, corrupt, vindictive, arrogant government that is out for revenge, redistribution -- and to add a final insult -- one we believe is too morally bankrupt to lead.
The usual safeguards for a democracy found in a vibrant, independent press have lost any semblance of objectivity and instead have joined a side. What used to be principled, independent reporters have morphed into dishonest pundits spewing a disgustingly relentless partisan bile that neither informs nor educates. They are shallowly manipulated by the political marketers to the point that their words lack meaning. The "fourth branch" of government has become nothing more than an empty cathode ray irradiating a mind-numbed audience like a repetitive Beavis and Butthead rerun.
We have elected a President who not only feels we did not work for what we have, but feels we do not deserve it either.
The people who voted for Barack Obama did so knowing full well that his policies have plunged us further into a recession, devalued our currency, and destroyed the entrepreneurial spirit of our nation. They voted for him knowing that he essentially passed the Dream Act by Executive fiat, that he is attempting to force the Catholic Church to provide abortions, that he is using the EPA to shut down the coal industry, and that he is attempting to drive up the price of oil through the denial of the right to expand the oil production that our nation desperately needs.
The people who voted for Barack Obama do not believe in America, the Constitution, or the rights of We the People. They do not believe in property rights, the Free Market, or the freedom of speech or religion. They do not believe in Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
They do not believe in Freedom,
or at least not in the sense we believe in Freedom.
If you ask them, "Do you believe in Freedom?" they will tell you they do indeed.
But here is what Freedom means to these people:
Freedom means Free Stuff; free healthcare, free phones and free food stamps. Yes, that's right; a chicken in every pot, a government-arbitrated timeline on every life, and a free tracking device in every pocket.
Freedom, it seems, is pretty cheap, after all.
There's a lot of talk these days about asking ourselves what we did wrong, about how we could have communicated better, about how to win over hearts and minds in the future. I certainly do not believe Mitt Romney was the perfect candidate, or that we ran a perfect race. But never before has there every been such a clear choice between Freedom and Oppression. Americans have had Freedom and they willingly traded it in for baubles, bangles, and bullshit.
I see no way to help such people. I see no way to compromise with such people. I see no way to call such people my fellows.
They are not.
They are the engine of our oppression, they are the ear behind the door, they are our enemies.
A human being who is so low as to trade in his Freedom for chains is not to be trusted. If he can not be trusted with his own life, how can we trust him to be involved with ours?
I will no longer amuse myself with the idea that "Americans" are my brothers. If I were to do so, I'd be like the rat in the cage, endlessly pushing the lever that once gave him food.
I will not live my life in such illusions.