Careful what you wish you may regret it,
Careful what you wish you just might get it!
- Metallica, King Nothing
This is, for all practical purposes, my lone article for the general election (post-Convention, of course). The main reason for that is because writing articles in the final weeks of a presidential contest is like whispering into a vacuum cleaner - it just adds to the noise.
But it's important to bundle some of the election together into one neat ball of understanding: the two most damaging words in American history will be "President Obama" (seemingly conventional wisdom indicates that Wall Street is going to take a belly flop at the news). And why is that?
It mostly stems from the fact that Obama is a polished, nice looking used car salesman. Buy this car and I'll throw in free rust protection and a free car washes for a year. But what's under the hood? Oh, good stuff, my man! If you buy a car from that other guy it won't be as good - he's not offering the same give-aways. Buy my car and I promise that someone will chauffer you around in it. But, um...what's under the hood? What about it's previous owners? I heard that Bill Ayers used to own this car. I'm not too keen on that. You weren't even born yet when Ayers got his groove on. Who wouldn't want to be affiliated with someone so respected in academia? Go ahead - look at the tire. Just don't kick it (like that Joe guy did). And so on...and so forth...
Yes, Obama is a master salesperson. He is a professional campaigner and has boldly embraced every left-wing initiative to grow the federal government. He wants to buy this election.
How does he do that?
Remember that so-called "amnesty bill" that President Bush and Senator McCain and dozens of other conservative Republicans supported? The one that was brought down by the hard-right hot air machine? The same one where I said that if we don't do this now, we may very well have a President Hillary or Obama do it for us, with eager support from the Pelosi-Reid union in Congress. And when this happens we will never again be allowed to abuse the term "amnesty" because real amnesty will be a reality in the next year or two (after we see government entitlements extended to illegals). This all-or-nothing mentality on this issue has gotten us just that - nothing. Not only nothing, but a long-term change to the how we handle the gates at the nations edge. Change We Can Believe In!
And here's the sale: kaching!! Obama and the Democrats have just rewarded millions of new voters with the gift of being beholden to their new welcomers and their new president, both in votes and contributions. This kind of sale will also be applied to felons serving time and millions of young people lining up to be indoctrinated by the Obama theme.
Obama and the Democrats stand to buy themselves electoral security for years to come. Change We Can Believe In!
Obama and the Democrats will weaken our support for our democratic allies like Georgia and Israel. Change We Can Believe In!
Obama and the Democrats will deal with our friends and enemies in the ways that have led to Cold War global expansion of Soviet Communism, the Killing Fields and the Peoples Republic of Vietnam, the Iranian Revolution, the Second Intifada, a nuclear-armed North Korea and ultimately, a nuclear-armed Iran (Obama can finish the job started some thirty years earlier by Jimmy Carter). Change We Can Believe In!
Conservatives who have behaved in ways that suggested they had no where to go will suddenly find themselves with no where to go. We can brace for it but the reality is that the Obama/Pelosi/Reid trifecta will push through the biggest expansion of government spending, power and leftist politics this nation has ever seen. And Obama will use this opportunity to secure his own ideological philosophy through the appointment of two to four SCOTUS justices (the court of which will soon be named, The Dancing Ginsburgs). Change We Can Believe In!
As we've been told how both General Petraeus and Osama bin Laden considered Iraq to be the ultimate battlefield in the war on terror, tomorrow's election will be the ultimate battleground in the US war of politics and culture. Abortion will find a permanent home in America - Change We Can Believe In!; marriage will become obsolete - Change We Can Believe In!; national interests will take second place to international concerns - Change We Can Believe In!; our enemies will most certainly (per Joe Biden) test a President Obama - in ways they would never test a President McCain - Change We Can Believe In!; Big Government will find itself a permanent and lasting mandate to help fund every conceivable challenge and setback in life through spending and programs that once initiated, will never go away - in other words, your tax dollars are going to go to pre-school for three year olds, college for spoiled brats, health care for people regardless of economic circumstances or citizenship, doubling funding for the UN, increased foreign aid, an "army" of teachers, expansion of the Peace Corp, mandatory government service to achieve a high school diploma, higher salaries for teachers with no merit-based mechanism in place, federally funded abortions, unions doing away with secret ballots, energy programs that punish people, a welfare check for every working American who doesn't pay federal income taxes - Change We Can Pay For!
And conservatives who like their Limbaugh or Savage or Hannity or Beck...rest assure there will be drastic restrictions if not outright destruction of your favorite conservative talkers. The resurfacing 'Fairness Doctrine' may well be the first step toward silencing the opposition. - Change We Can Fall In Line With!
In my prophetic way, I pleaded with conservatives months ago to understand that they share a symbiotic relationship with the GOP - the crippling of the Republican Party will render conservatism impotent. Conservatives and Republicans will have to embrace each other again in order to at least hope for a midterm shift, in the face of all of the odds stacked against them, courtesy of the Democratic Party and the politics or purchasing elections and silencing conservative voices.
There is no Ronald Reagan waiting in the wings to fix everything. There is no fix. Even if circumstances lead conservatives back to a position of influence or power, instead of fighting for the America we have today, we will instead be fighting for the America the New Left Democrats will hand back to us. The status quo will be sharply different.
These are the thoughts I have late at night. Every generation is, in the face of aggressive progressivism, concerned about transformations that move us farther from the ideals of strength, sacrifice, family, faith, hard work and individualism. For the first time in my adult life, I am concerned. I sadly envision my children raising their kids in an America that is unrecognizable to us, one that shifts us farther away from lessons of the founding fathers, one that doesn't celebrate the family as we see it today. Today's America is an answer to the leftist shifts of much of the rest of western civilization; tomorrow's America may very well be leading the charge.
So to those honestly purport to be conservatives or Republicans, yet still think the answer is in a third party, or in staying home on election day or in making absurd comments questioning who the real conservative in the race is or prematurely writing off this election as in the bag for Obama (it is not) - it's time to put up or shut up. You can make your meaningless statement with your vote and throw the country under the bus or you can take the sure course in keeping conservatism alive and relevant and vote for John McCain.
There is no 'redo' or 'cleanup' function in tomorrows election. Come January, America will either continue to be the great country it has always been or it will "change" as promised...and those changes will be long lasting and damaging.