So here we are, a week after the election of 2012. President Obama is the leader we’ve got, as the country teeters on the edge of a fiscal tax cliff. The second most powerful man in the free world seems to be House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). What will happen? Before we celebrate the new year, these guys will negotiate an unsatisfactory, temporary non-solution. Life will go on, but some Americans will not like the huge new taxes (ObamaCare), the 15-member health care rationing panel (that already includes Dr. Death Emanuel), or the surprises to follow the Benghazi cover-up, the Al Qaeda attack on a U.S. drone, 12% unemployment and huge corporate lay-offs, $7 per gallon gas, or delayed news of the sex scandal that brought down our generation’s military hero, David Petreus. We can take comfort that we do not live in the state of bankruptcy; but wait, some of us will be paying the 67% income tax increase in Illinois and the property tax hikes when the Illinois teachers union pension debt is transferred to the suburbs. Anyway, Occupy America will get free ObamaPhones as well as a lot of other free stuff.
What to do. Blame can be therapeutic, so let’s start with Mitt Romney. He talked “conservative,” but it wasn’t his native language. He didn’t defend the attacks on his Bain resume or release his income tax forms or let Paul Ryan explain how free enterprise works for rural Ohio voters. It was his turn, and he was the “most electable” candidate out of a weak GOP primary field (guess not). He was too Wall Street, too rich. His get-out-the-vote computer program crashed on Nov. 6th. He was a subscriber to the Book of Mormon.
Then there’s the establishment Republican Party: too old, too white, too male, too moderate. Too Tea Party, not Tea Party enough. Too unwilling to define women by their right to snuff out their own babies. Anything left out? Did we mention the media and movie culture that is now reinforced in its addiction to the cult of identity politics and to a messianic dictator-like leader who is tuned in to social justice and equal outcomes via redistribution?
Four long years loom on our horizon, full of bad news and changes to the American Constitutional republic we used to know and love – a system with which fewer and fewer citizens have even a passing acquaintance, thanks mainly to the deplorable public education system that is entering its third generation. (But that is a story for another day.)
Our hope lies with the new reform-minded leadership of the Republican Party: Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Kelly Ayotte, Ted Cruz, Trey Goudy – and like-minded Republican governors such as Mike Pence (IN), Susana Martinez (NM) and Scott Walker (WI). We are in their hands as they come of age politically. At least until 2014-16, we baby boomers and generation-whatevers have to take good care of our families and finances, do what we can to save our religions, make sure as many kids as possible are safely home-schooled or in public school rehab. We can join the ranks of the new media citizen journalists who are courageously striking a bold path into the wilderness. Be engaged with our political system. Buy a gun.
“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken, struck down, but not destroyed. “
2 Corinthians 4, 8-9