Random thoughts in response to the election.
1. Politics is a disgusting dirty business and minus war, will always result in the lowest common denominator winning. People don't vote for what is right or ideas, they vote for 'things.' They vote for 'free education' without a thought or concern about what that actually means, They vote for 'free' healthcare with as much thought. They vote for what they perceive as their short term interests and those interests are shaped by the political culture and the culture at large.
2. Every individual has a right to his or her life. No individual has a right to anyone else's life. Everyone would agree with this until they step into the polling booth and all that dissolves as the voter is awash in a sea of Marxist Mush, cultural pressure, their own moral character or lack of it and the (insert naughty word here) fed to them by the press and the candidates. We sanctify the one man one vote principle which is a good principle, but the reality is that the majority of people pulling that lever are actively seeking someone who will tell them which way to pull it. What does that do for the 'one man, one vote' mythology. If you're an empty headed bubble brain who can be persuaded by what a politician says, do you really deserve to vote?
3. Romney and Ryan lost. That's the least of it. Freedom and Fiscal Sanity lost. And that is the heart of it. The politicians are simply symptomatic of what people believe. Ideas have consequences, regardless of what one might wish. The party of ignoring consequences is in ascendancy and that is really symptomatic of the ideas of the time. Within every human being there are contradictory needs and impulses. There is a need to weave them together into a coherent whole that allows the organism to survive. Follow the impulse for safety too much and you don't crawl out of the cave. Take too many risks and you end up dead. Morality is the code we hammer out that helps us guide our ship of life between Scylla and Charybdis. It's the story of the ant and the grasshopper. The grasshopper's appeal to the crowd is winning. But winter is coming (in the form of complete fiscal/monetary collapse) and all these grasshopper fans are going to come face to face with the reality of thinking they can live off of the energy and talent of other people, that the collective has some special ability to overcome reality. Of course, they won't learn anything but they will shut up, and do what they are told when the heirs of the Progressive movement rise up and tell them those damn ants are being selfish and they need to be taught a lesson. Obama has just the moral and psychological character to be a dictator.
4. The 'American' experiment in self-governance has come to an end with the 2nd election of Barack Obama. Not because of him, for sure. And not because of Progressivism and the rot it brings with it, but because human beings are more susceptible to being conned by false promises than anyone cares to admit. For centuries the world was an ugly place: life was short, often unspeakably brutal with flashes of what could be here and there always swamped by the struggle for power between the brute and the mystic. Individuals were objects on a chess board to be used by the power elites in any way they desired. The enlightenment gave rise to a set of ideas that caught hold and found their ultimate expression in the US Constitution. Hardly perfect but the best that humanity had been able to conceive of to date. What gave those ideals currency is people believing them. People no longer believe them like the last two hacks appointed to the Supreme Court by Lord Obama. Without a belief in those principles the way is open for the cold dead hand of Power to once again be centralized and this time there will be no United States of America to stop the process of centralization. The US was the last obstacle to the planet imploding on a feast of power hungry rat (insert naughty word here) carving out pieces of the human population for control.
I hold these things to be self-evident.
1. People in the collective are mobs and mobs are (insert naughty word here) that always act in ways that cause destruction, death and misery.
2. We have lost our moral compass that allowed us to harness the mob and decentralize power towards the individual where sane, rational thought has a chance.
3. The world is a dangerous place and moral vacuums won't stay vacuums for long.
4. The virulent policies of Islam, the UN and the EU will find the vacuum and take full advantage of it for growing a pestilence that will march across this planet leaving death and destruction in its wake like nothing we have seen before.
5. Those of us who thought we could take freedom for granted are soon to find out just how wrong we were.