So my good friend Danny is just waiting to pounce, adding on to his epic fish slap the fact that my predicted Romney landslide did not take place. There was no landslide. There wasn’t even a Romney. The post was: Romney in a Landslide, if the election is fair. I stated my reasoning in that article, but it is worth addressing some points again with the benefit of hindsight.
In 2010, the Dems were routed. In liberal WI, the Dems were not only routed, but routed again when the Republican Supreme Court Justice David Prosser won, and again when Walker and most of the recalled senators kept their spots. In the meantime, in the days leading up to the election, polls had Americans firmly wishing for the repeal of Obamacare by 15 points. In this election, the GOP not only held the house, but held it in commanding fashion, yet Obama somehow wins the White House. I’m having trouble wrapping myself around the idea that there are millions of Americans who voted for a GOP candidate and simultaneously voted for Obama, but if indeed the election is fair, that is what happened. That the election was not fair is a plausible explanation. More plausible then millions voting for GOP candidates and voting for Obama, in my mind.
Something that came onto my radar over the last couple of weeks were the existence of more people voting protest or not voting at all than I realized. I myself was severely disappointed that Romney was my alternative to Obama. I surprised myself somewhat by voting for Romney. I saw it as a protest vote, and could not bring myself to campaign for Romney. There may end up being a lot more people feeling the same way as I do, except they didn’t even cast the vote for Romney. I’m not blaming them, mind you. I’m fully sympathetic. But it would be another plausible explanation.
As more data emerges, we may find some answers to this. I believe it needs answers, if the phenomenon is genuine, and I hate giving Danny more fodder to thwack me with for being wrong (again), but I hate worse being right.
As soon as the phenomenon became apparent last night, I remembered that I had spoken to this two years ago after the Tea Party routed Liberals throughout the country. The post was: The election should make me happy, but it doesn’t. In that post, I address the phenomena of a landslide route of the Dems in 2010 following a landslide route of the GOP in 2008.
It was only two years ago that the great mass of swing voters, so called independents and moderates, scurried over like lemmings to vote for Obama and the Democrats. That any of them might have been surprised at what Obama and the Democrat congress actually did hints at a serious problem. No doubt many of these people voted against Obama this year- but did they do it because they have more carefully deliberated on their principles and the lessons of history?
I think it is clear that many of them did. Nonetheless, I am certain that a lot didn’t, and the fact that millions and millions still happily cast their lot with Obama and his socialist-by-another-name agenda shows that many people didn’t really move at all.
For a populace to swing wildly back and forth every two years is a madness that indicates there our mass of citizenry that is rocked back and forth on the waves of change, without anchor, without direction, without guiding principles grounded in fact and the realities of the universe.
The only difference between a dog and a human is that when a dog returns to its vomit, the dog knows what it is eating. The human puts salt and pepper and garnish on it and imagines its new and thanks the chef- until he gets sick and dies, at which point he is at a loss wondering how he came to be in that predicament.
As it seems to me, the American people still haven’t figured it out. The repudiation is not emphatic enough and the reasons and rationale of the American people at large are ambiguous. Americans will never figure it out given what is arrayed against them. The only hope for long lasting return to the Constitution and the principles that made America special is for the American people to suffer in darkness and despair for twenty to thirty years, wondering if ever they can emerge from it, and increasingly certain about how they got into the situation in the first place.
Thus, a GOP victory only delays the Great Loss that will bring about the only kind of victory that can last- that one that is based on knowledge of principle, understanding of the past, and the witness of experience. We need a citizenry that understands that when you play with fire, you’ll get burned. If the fireman keeps rushing in before you get scorched, the message doesn’t get through.
In short, people haven’t yet put 2 and 2 together, and my view is that our only hope is that we endure “the Great Loss” because otherwise no lessons will be learned.
The reason for my pessimism then and now has much to do with the fact that no matter who we elect at the ‘top’ the bottom layers are saturated with people who work to undermine the conservative worldview left and right.
In order to truly change the tide… well, a lot of things have to happen. Churches need to get on board. I mean, they really have to begin transmitting the faith in an effective way, instead of churning out future secular humanists. They need to act on the faith that they express with their lips. Our school system, public and otherwise, needs to be infused with the sort of education that actually exposes students to something other than the progressive worldview. Our victory is temporary indeed when the progressives still control the education of our children. In sum, we need to go further than just putting ‘our people’ in positions of government authority. (Half the time, ‘our people’ are indistinguishable from liberals… another big problem). We’ve actually got to persuade people of the wisdom and rightness of our view and lay brick after brick in the foundation of a person’s mental framework that leads them to be ‘conservative.’
That will be a tough task, given that that foundation has been dismantled brick by brick for more than a hundred years right underneath our noses.
Even so, unless this be done, this victory is temporary, and the next time the wind changes and some charismatic fellow comes along promising the stars, the lemmings will leap… and maybe this time we’ll all fall to our deaths on the rocks below.
I was right: Our victory is temporary indeed when we leave the education of our youth to those who undermine our values and do not stand for truth within our churches. Sorry, Catholic Church, but drawing the line at the HHS mandate is not just too little, too late, but well after the cows have left the barn. In their defense, our defense, my defense, the cows left the barn decades ago, before most of us were even born.
This election was just the symptom of a deeper problem, and the 2010 election was itself a symptom of that problem. The “Great Loss” hasn’t entirely arrived. Miraculously, the GOP held the House. I’m not sure that that is a good thing, because it gives the Democrats and the topsy-turvy population someone else to blame when things go bad. Or, perhaps we’ll prevent the bad from happening, which delays the “Great Lesson” that is necessary. It would almost be better for them to step aside, step down, and hand things over to the Democrats so that there can be no doubt who is to blame as America continues its descent into Greece, Spain, and England. Almost. They are duty bound to fight the good fight. We are duty bound to go down fighting.
But I do not doubt that in fact we are going down.
My recommendation is not to be like Lot’s wife, who looked back.
And, as I urged yesterday (in the case that Romney actually wins),
A change in the law is just one small part of the issue, because laws reflect the activity of representatives, who are elected by people in their local communities, who are led to believe certain things in their churches and schools. Moral of the story: be vigilant, be principled, and be courageous.
May I also suggest for further reading this post, urging an ‘orderly retreat’ in the culture wars, since it is evident we are losing, or have lost in that war.