The election results from last night can single nothing but a rousing endorsement of Obama's policies and a democrat controlled Senate that hasn't passed a budget in 4 years. I'm not being sarcastic in this statement. In 2008, I felt that the nation elected Obama because they didn't know any better. While I want to blame the media, that doesn't excuse, what I feel is a lack of responsibility of the people in understanding what Obama has done over the last 4 years and what he plans on doing over the next 4. The fact that Obama was elected tells me that we have truly and knowingly crossed the tipping point whereby one segment of the population votes themselves a portion of wealth from another segment of the population. This type of government has come around in the past through force and revolution, always to disastrous results. America however, has shown its true sophistication by ushering in the same type of revolution without firing a single shot. I always wanted to vacation in Venezuela or Cuba, but now those two countries are visiting me.
This elections is not without lessons learned. I have now come to
realize that I live in a conservative bubble with very few liberal
influences. In my bubble, liberals are all the folks in the media that
sacrifice truth in reporting for party allegiance. Surely the people see
through such things. But I was wrong. Outside of my bubble, the
people not only believed the media, they wanted to believe it.
I have also learned that the source of information for me only perpetuates
the limitations of my bubble. While I can look to foxnews, the
drugereport, Limbaugh, and Hannity to report stories I will never hear in the
mainstream media, the opinions they offer only reinforce my bubble. The evidence of this is in my results
prediction I offered on Monday. I couldn’t
be any more wrong. But not only am I
wrong, but all of those pundits that criticized the polls and offered
predictions as lofty as mine were wrong.
The polls ended up being right.
What I am taking away from this experience is going to be a process of
change in my life. While none of my
guiding principles is changing, where I choose to expend energy will. I am not going to engage in political
debates. I am not going to use facebook
as a sounding board for my politics and criticisms of Obama. I’m not going to use my blog as a rant
against the left. What I am going to do
is try to be purposeful in filling this void and finding other areas to target
this energy. I would like to offer one
final political statement. What kind of
results do Republicans expect when their candidates campaign headquarters is
located in the most liberal city in one of the most liberal states for which
the candidate was once Governor. My deep sorrow is that we once again did not
have a true contrast between conservative and liberal to vote on.