Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The End of the U.S.

I had great faith the U.S. was perfectly fine with an African American president. Despite many claims to the contrary, I don't believe we're a racist nation. I'm gratified to see that belief validated this morning.

What I didn't anticipate was that we were prepared to give up our uniqueness; the principles of governance that gave us such great freedom, and unmatched prosperity fueled. In recent months we've seen what prolonged government interference in the economy can do, yet we've opted to elect a man who promises to use cap and trade of carbon dioxide to bankrupt our coal power industry and cause energy prices to skyrocket.

One of my friends claims Barack Obama will govern as a centrist. I hope that's true, but what voting record exists wouldn't seem to support the idea. I anticipate significantly higher taxes that may be the knockout punch for our economy, banning of firearms on a scale that would make Bill and Hillary Clinton drool, and when many of us lose our jobs as our employers make cuts to retain profitability in the face of the new taxes, French-style welfare that will sap our wills to go back to work (assuming there are jobs to apply for).

I could absolutely be wrong, and I hope I am. I sincerely fear I'm not. In the coming weeks, I'll post some excerpts from The 5,000 Year Leap, which I hope you'll read to see what we've given up and what I hope we'll eventually get back to. I believe George Bush drove what I'm hearing called Paleoconservatism out of the Republican Party, leading to this defeat.

Perhaps one party socialism in the U.S. will be a reasonable thing as it seems to be in Scandinavian countries, but the possibility of the more sinister forms we see in Venezuela and China can not be overlooked.


Big Jay said...

You know how in GOP circles, the politicans have to go around and kiss the rings of the various powers that be. If you've ever, in your life, said anything on the record that can be interpreted as a moderate, or agnostic opinion on abortion, you might as well be a leper. You know what I'm talking about right? The same things apply on the left. Obama has figuratively pledged allegiance to the left for his whole career, although he doesn't really strike me as someone who can't be reasoned with. I'm really hoping to see a more centrist Obama than his voting record would indicate that we can expect. I think he's had to walk a fine line. I'm cautiously optimistic. But we'll see what happens. There isn't a lot I can do about it.

Big Jay said...

And I didn't mean to single out abortion. There are lots of GOP issues that have the same kind of pull.

Why can't we get a strong libertarian party going in this country?