The election results are still being processed but it can safely be said that the Republicans did a bang up job, taking some 65 additional seats in the House, and giving them control. There were some great victories and some annoying losses, but on balance, I suppose I should be happy.
Well, from a near term point of view, I am happy. A lot of terrible policies are not going to be implemented now and we might roll back some of the ridiculous ones that Obama managed to get through. This will stave off certain unpleasantries, no doubt. Perhaps I would feel better if the victories had been more impressive, on the scale of 65-70% versus 25-30%. By and large, the spread was much narrower. Where a million and a half people voted for the GOP a million and a quarter voted against him or her.
This means that there are still an awful lot of people who just don’t get it. A lot of people.
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.
Confronted with the real world consequences of an economy in the tank and rampant government spending and intrusion, it can be rightly said that a great many Americans realized that there is a connection between philosophy and consequence. Nonetheless, many people still think that they can play with dangerous but well-meaning principles and this time not get the logical consequences of those principles.
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.
Now, I said that this is the only hope, but in truth I mean that only if the status quo is maintained. If this GOP victory is seen as the end in itself and sufficient, then it is just the fireman coming in just in time as the fire gets hot. In order to make this victory more than a temporary reprieve, then we simply cannot rest. We cannot be content with winning the House. Not while 45-49% of the electorate is still voting with the Liberals and 10-20% of those voting with the GOP this time around are just being reactionary and could just as easily vote with the Dems next time!
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.