I wrote this this morning, but I hesitated to post it. I realize I’ve been very negative lately…but I can’t escape the fact that this is what I really believe. So here goes:
I haven’t been talking much about politics lately because I see it as so pointless and it’s so depressing for me.
I do still read a lot of political blogs and keep up with the “news”, and I just don’t understand what’s going on. Maybe I’m just getting old with all these things I don’t understand lately.
Anyway…why does everyone seem to think that the Future of Our Nation (and possibly the world) hinges on this November?
Do they REALLY expect anything substantial to change? Our choices are an establishment, big government leftist and an establishment, big government, slightly less leftist.
Are they expecting Romney to come into office and somehow un-set the precedent of the President legislating by executive order that Obama (and, to be sure, the presidents before him) has set?
Other than, perhaps, George Washington, can someone name a single, solitary President who has voluntarily given up power once the precedent has been set?
Do they really think that Romney is going to come in to office, repeal Obamacare, get the government out of our lives, get the deficit under control and start paying off the national debt?
A Romney administration may make some sort of symbolic effort to decrease the annual increases in government spending (that will be portrayed by the media as horrifically slashing budgets that will cause poor people to starve, old people to die, young people to grow up stupid, the ice caps to melt, the oceans to rise, tornadoes, earthquakes, swine flu outbreaks, poor box office returns, low credit scores and bad breath), but real reform? In your dreams. The kinds of cuts that would be necessary to do that would be political suicide.
Romney may even sign into law a repeal of Obamacare, but I can hear the cries already: “But what will we replace it with?”. It won’t be a week before we start hearing about Obamacare lite…repackaged as Romneycare, and only encompassing 2,405 pages, rather than the 2,409 of the “Affordable Care Act” that is anything but.
And what is going to change? 4 years from now we’ll be going through all this over again. Do you think the perpetual victims are going to change their spots under Romney? Do you think the leftists are going to magically come to understand and accept the principles of a free market, capitalist economy in the interim? That the nanny-staters will suddenly realize that their attempts to dictate how everyone else must live their lives were misguided?
The odds are, the economy isn’t going to get significantly better over the next four years no matter what Romney does. If they have the political fortitude to make the real, difficult reforms that are needed to turn things around, the public and media outcry would be incessant and deafening. The reforms necessary would be painful and would actually cause the economy to get worse before it could possibly get better.
If they don’t (as is inevitable) have the fortitude to do more than rearrange the deck chairs, we may see some small improvements as a result of people having a better outlook and more confidence…businesses may hire a few more people and invest in growth if they’re a little more confident about what the short therm future may hold in terms of taxes and regulations, but the root causes of our problems will remain unaddressed and, as a result, nothing real will change.
So we’ll be going through this again in four years, hearing the same promises and arguments and character assassinations…and edging ever closer to the inevitable collapse when the proverbial house of cards comes tumbling down.
If, of course, that doesn’t happen in the next four years…which is a distinct possibility.
The survival of our nation doesn’t hinge on this election. It hinged on the past ten or twenty elections, and we weren’t up to the task. We’ve already failed and our nation is nothing like the land of the free and home of the brave that our founders envisioned. The cancers of socialism and cronyism have metastasized. We aren’t willing to endure the painful side effects of any potential cure, so it’s just a matter of time before the life support machines just can’t keep up any more and we simply succumb to the inevitable.
Everything that has a beginning, has an end.