“…and they will love him for it.” -Senator Gracchus of the mob’s reaction to Commodus’ rule, from the movie Gladiator
Yes, it takes a strong stomach to turn on the TV lately. The media and Hollywood are in the midst of what appears to be a non-stop collective Obama orgy lovefest. I don’t begrudge them their happiness–completely. For many of them, especially African Americans, the election of Obama is a trascendental moment in their history, and I can respect that.
But only to a point. For me, all celebration stops when I think of the dismal human rights policies of President-Elect Barack Obama (henceforth, PEBO), and that the liberals of the Democrat Party that have taken control of two branches of government, and are already eyeing the third. Here we go.
I think we can take heart, though, in the fact that many of the same voters who did cast a ballot for Obama might not necessarily support some of his more radical policies, and were simply caught up in the “making history” part of this election, when it comes right down to it. When the euphoria wears off, and people come to realize that his messianic promises are either empty, not possible, or frightening to individual liberties, basic human rights, and national security, they might have second thoughts. It would at least show that the majority of Americans still retain some common sense and respect for the foundational values of our country.
Of course, at that point, it might be too late.
Ninety-three percent of African Americans voted for PEBO. This is unprecedented. But, I highly doubt 93% of African Americans support a lot of his liberal policies–including abortion and gay marriage. One can only conclude that a good many of them voted for PEBO due to his race. It is said, for instance, that Proposition Eight was passed in CA precisely because of the high African American turnout. (Quite ironic.) [Update: Who supported Prop. 8?]
Of course, due to PEBO’s election, we are now in the “post-racial era.” Thank God for that—I’m going to hold it to them, though, every time someone calls a Republican a racist for disagreeing with PEBO. We’ll see if we’re really in a post-racial era, then. Why do you really think Jesse Jackson was crying during Obama’s victory speech? If there’s no more racism, he’s going to have to get a new day-job.
I already believe that Obama Buyer Remorse (perhaps, Obama Ballot Remorse) is taking place. People wanted to “be a part of history” by voting for him, but I think many are starting to question their decision. Why do I think this?
I can see what people type in a search query when they find my blog. Many are along the lines of Obama’s BAIPA votes, what Obama’s economic policies are, and “what is socialism?” Well, it’s honorable to want to be informed, but it’s a LITTLE LATE for that, now. Others are humorous–in that they’re typing in, “Income redistribution success stories”–and arriving at MY blog! Another, “why BO is good for capitalism.” Hilarious. Well, I hope they’re taking note of what I’ve said about that. I hardly think they’ll find anything they’re looking for relating to Obama being “good” for capitalism.
But many Americans voted for change, and “change” they will most definitely get.
Melanie Phillips has this to say about Obama’s election (entire column may be read, here):
“So now we are promised a change in America’s fundamental values. And they really will be changed. Obama has said in terms that he thinks the US constitution is flawed. America’s belief in itself as defending individual liberty, truth and justice on behalf of the free world will now be expiated instead as its original sin. Those who have for the past eight years worked to bring down the America that defends and protects life and liberty are today ecstatic. They have stormed the very citadel on Pennsylvania Avenue itself.
Millions of Americans remain lion-hearted, decent, rational and sturdy. They find themselves today abandoned, horrified, deeply apprehensive for the future of their country and the free world. No longer the land of the free and the home of the brave; they must now look elsewhere.”
Brace up. It’s going to be a fight, but fight we must.