For better or for worse, the majority has spoken. Barrack Obama was re-elected for four more years, Congress remains virtually unchanged with a Republican majority in the House and a Democrat majority in the Senate.
A good friend and co-worker of mine considers this a tragedy and that America is doomed. He is a good conservative and I respect his views, but let’s hope it is not that dour.
I suppose the one saving grace, the one ray of hope, is that my italicized words and phrases still ring loud and true: witching hour and Hobson’s choice. At one of the debates, Obama attempted to tell Mitt Romney that the math did not add up. If Obama is the mathematical prognosticator he claims to be, on or about the mid-term of his final term in office, he just may see the math that calculates the debt bomb exploding and that limited government is the only way to ward off national bankruptcy. Although I pray something is done before it is do or die, perhaps someone among five-hundred-thirty-seven (Congress + President + Veep), will have the sense to make it happen; to either get a bill passed with the support of two-thirds of Congress so a veto would be overridden or for the president to submit—remember, he is constitutionally prohibited from running for a third term so he has nothing to lose at this point. And John Boehner, if he was holding back so Obama could not get credit for anything good as the liberal media would like you to believe, has nothing to worry about now. A failed second term will mean a Republican president in 2016; I just hope we survive financially until 2016.
While it was popular belief among conservatives like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, George Will, Fox News, Billy Cunningham and the like that the polls could not be right being that close, they were right on target and Obama winning in Ohio and a few key battleground states made only a little close in the Electoral College. Two big factors were the usage of social media; Facebook, Twitter, and some of the alternatives on the market. I know you can’t stop progress, but the operative word in social media is social and the result is everything disseminated becomes absorbed into pop culture—including things too important. While blogging as I do allows me to use as many words as I deem necessary to make my point, Twitter is limited to one-hundred-forty-eight characters resulting in some incomplete messages. The second factor is Mitt Romney’s failure to extend an olive branch to non-white voters. Before this century is half-over, the white race will no longer be the majority race in this country and no matter who runs for president, that person will need votes from all races, creeds, and religions. George Will pointed out on ABC’s coverage of the election results, by 2024, more than half of the McCain voters of 2008 will be voting Democrat in the 2024 presidential election the way the demographics is rapidly shifting resulting from this tanning of America. And there are a lot more African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and the like who are just as much on the side of limited government as I am. Hey—nobody from any foreign land immigrates to America, be it legally or illegally, with a dream to be a welfare recipient. They take the risks associated with immigration to achieve their own version of the American Dream—something we must now work very hard to preserve.
Now that the election is over, The 7 Train will be focusing on the American Dream and what needs to be done to preserve it and make it happen.
One question I have that I will never know the answer: could Rick Santorum have beaten Barrack Obama? Someday I will have a vision for 2016.