It might be a bit presumptuous of the White House and Democrats to think that they have much of a mandate following the election last week. The popular vote was fairly close, despite what the electoral college might tell us. (Amazing how suddenly Democrats aren’t complaining about the EC, isn’t it?) Here’s a few reasons why:
1) People are buying guns like crazy. That’s not because they are scared Obama’s going to come take them…it’s because they think they will need them. Between the Operation Gunrunner, the green energy that have cost trillions, and Benghazi scandals, the administration is either grossly negligent and incompetent — if you are being kind — or openly and systemically corrupt and felonious, if you are not. The viewed threats to go after gun rights in the second term, coupled with the kneejerk response to the election by Diane Feinstein to attempt a new weapons ban gives gun owners every right to believe that the autocratic tendencies of the president and his backers have an assault on their Second Amendment rights in the works.
There are plenty that think gun owners will roll over, as the British did in the 1920s. They are disastrously wrong. I would point out that the American colonists put up with every manner of regulatory and taxation offense the Crown could throw at them. It was when they came to disarm the people at Lexington that things kicked off. Smug armchair tyrants, save on the coasts, believe that civilians could not stand against the might of the American military and the new FEMA civilian corps. Once again — wrong. Admiral Yamamoto made a good point about no wanting to invade the United States because there was a gun behind every blade of grass; look at the lack of success in taming a native insurgency in Afghanistan…we vastly outgun the Taliban and al-Qaida there, yet we are on every metric, losing. How did Vietnam go? Similarly, heavily armed population sympathetic to the Vietcong. How about Northern Ireland?
2) Here’s another factor to consider — American history. Go down South and you find that the War Between the States is not fully dead and buried; states rights idealism remains potent in the South and the Western mountain states. Worse, most of the volunteer military are white, middle-class, Southern kids. Where are most of the big military bases? It’s not California or Massachusetts.
While it can still be seen as a fringe group of citizens, here’s a prime example of what I’m talking about…there are petitions to the White House from twenty states asking the president to consider the peaceful secession of states. A joke? Right now, yes. Are we looking at the beginning of the next Civil War? No… But talk of secession preceded the Civil War for over a decade over the issue of slavery and states’ rights — the second is a potent point of contention for many conservatives and libertarians. Today, the issue is whether or not the federal government has the right to dictate to the states, but also whether they can mandate what food, drink, medical, and sexual choices you make; and whether it can tread on your First Amendment rights to speech and religious freedom; or arrest and detain you without due process under the NDAA, or take a person’s guns under whatever pretense; or their property under asset forfeiture or eminent domain laws.
No matter what the secularists and technocrats in the nation think, these are very, very core beliefs you are attacking through the contraception mandate in Obamacare, through talk of gun bans, with a continued, violent Drug and Terror War that is used as an excuse to militarize the police and steal from “suspects”…even ones found not guilty of a crime. You push this too hard, and sooner or later the demographic you are attempting to “nudge, as Cass Sunstein would say, and they are going to push back.
We always hear talk of bipartisanship after a big drubbing in an election. The victors take this to mean “the vanquished do what we want.” (It’s also the line that Speaker Boehner seems to be taking these days.) But here’s the thing to remember — your electoral choices and the actions taken by your representatives have direct affect on people that disagree with you. When you hit them on their core beliefs, call them evil or greedy or racist, and then expect cooperation, you are sadly ignorant of how people work. Try this: turn the tables and ask yourself how you would want your belief systems and freedoms respected. Instead of guns, lets say it’s contraception…how would you feel? How hard would you fight?
Now remember…these are the people with the guns.
…according to Reason magazine:
Here’s the skinny Republicans: If you actually did the fiscal conservative stuff you claim to believe, and added to it the social liberal policies the Democrats say they love, then legislate against, you might have a chance.
It’s not the Mitt was too moderate, like Bill O’Reilly claimed the other night; it’s that he stank of GOP establishment corruption — from the ham-handed manipulation of primary returns (Mitt won! Oh, wait, it was actually Santorum or Paul…), to the rules changes made over the objections of a sizable portion of the rank and file at the convention to the continuous lawsuit nonsense to keep Gary Johnson off the ballot in various states; it wasn’t just the shitty Senate candidates with the tim ears (Hey, did you know that women who were rape-raped [as Whoopie Goldberg called it] have a super-secret self-abortion ejection system for the fetus. It’s science, people!); it wasn’t just the idiotic stance on immigration…
Romney was an obvious puppet that aped old social policies that have been rejected time and again. Their economic message also doesn’t fly: From Reagan on, Republican government regularly outgrows government, compared to Democrats (until this administration). They expanded costly entitlements with Medicare Part D, increased regulations on education to the point that even a PhD in a subject has to go back to school for two years for a useless certification in pedagogy to teach. They got us into two wars — traditionally, war is the worst thing you can do for your economic health. And they rammed through the TARP bailout schemes for their corporate buddies.
Romney was a pro-(big) business, anti-free market man; not a scion of economic freedom. (But you can see the effect his loss is having worldwide; everyone is bracing for the collapse of the US economy now that Obama has no real restraints.) He was stiff, not overly bright once off message (much like his competition), and his big policy promises suggested more useless spending to the military/police-industrial complex…his competition wants to spend more on big programs that would require regulation and policing of the economy; just as expensive and even more fruitless. And for all Romney’s bluster about repealing Obamacare, there’s no one in Washington that wants to do that. There’s simply too much money involved to stop it.
There was almost no daylight between the two candidates, save in rhetoric. So if you’re just getting Obama with half the black and none of the “cool” (which I don’t see, by the way), why change guys? The GOP does need a moderate, but not a big-spender statist; they need someone who actually believes the idea of real freedom — social and economic. Give me someone like that, and I’ll support him.
At least it looks like Chris Christie shot his presidential aspirations down with his sycophantic embrace of Obama during the hurricane. And no — I doubt that lost the GOP the election.
I could have used that title (and most of this post) if Romney had won, but he didn’t.
So, next four years — more deficit spending, money laundering through green energy, much higher energy and food costs, some kind of half-assed attempt to ban guns, some kind of half-assed attempt to placate the Iranians, more drug raids and asset forfeiture, but add drones — and a lot of them — in our skies, more killing by remote, more regulations and taxes, more unemployment. The legislature will continue to be completely inert, the executive will continue to blatantly break the law, and the judiciary will rubber stamp it all so they can be in the history books.
People will complain endlessly about how bad things are and continue to vote for the same shitsacks that are running things into the ground. We have become a nation of moochers — who demand much, but do little for it; we laud those who ride the coattails of others to success. But hey, so long as they get their (supposedly) free health care and their Obama phones they’ll shut the hell up and do what they’re told. So long as you don’t draw too much attention from the police and the political class, you should be okay.
Welcome to the European version of normal kids — you voted for it, now choke on it.
I’ve already voted, and this has been a particularly heinous election cycle for lying, cheating, and over-all shitbaggery so I’m going dark tomorrow and enjoying my life.
What happens when Obama supporters are asked about Obama’s policies? (Under the guise of being Romney’s policies…) Answer: they don’t like ‘em.
Here’s an idea: If you don’t know what the fuck is going on, or who the people are you’re voting for, stay home – you are the problem.
And for you Obama voters — thanks for stealing my daughter’s child care money for next year. $2500 in new taxes, and I’m middle class. The loss of 2.2% of the medical deductions were nice, too. Your decisions and actions stole from my little girl; please die horribly.
The former philanderer-in-chief was in Ohio today campaigning for the Empty Chair-in-Chief when he dropped this gem: “…honored to be in Pennsylvania for President Obama.”
Understandably, some of these folks get confused when traveling extensively around the nation to beg voters to give them what they consider to be their god-given offices, but you don’t expect Bidenisms from the “Greatest Ex-President of Al Time Ever Ever.”
…and surprise! it doesn’t all seem to be coming from the GOP!
Case, the First: Patrick Moran, son of 11 term Rep. Jim Moan (D) for the 8th district of Virginia and up until a few days ago head of his re-election campaign, instructing folks on how to commit voter fraud. Moran has demanded an investigation into voter fraud perpetrated by a company called Pinpoint, but maybe he should look closer to home.
Case the Second: North Carolina Democrats were using official vehicles to illegally transport students workers from the North Carolina Jobs Corps to the Swain County Board of Education voting location.
The Hatch Act states federal employees “May not engage in political activity while using a government vehicle.”
Case the Third: Perhaps the most egregious example, so far — Republican registered voters in Florida have been receiving letters from a Seattle postmark that question their eligibility to vote in an attempt to keep them from voting. Even a GOP party leader in Florida received one of these.
Case the Fourth: Perhaps one of the more egregious examples…a Colorado group that was stating they were renting vans to move voters to the polls and would be giving a “$20 incentive” to the people to vote Obama. But hey! that was just a joke! No, really, we weren’t going to commit a federal felony! Now the $20 Voter Incentive Militia is scrubbing themselves from the internet as fast as their wee fingers can fly.
Case the Fifth: Colorado, again… Oops! Showing candidate specific material within a certain distance of a polling place is kinda illegal, University of Colorado!
Case the Sixth: The Obama campaign is illegally accepting overseas donations. But I’m sure it’s just a mistake. Honest!