Jane Chastain is a Southern California-based broadcaster, author and political commentator. Despite her present emphasis on politics, Jane always will be remembered as the nation's first female TV sportscaster, spending 17 years on the sports beat. Jane blogs at JaneChastain.com. She is a pilot who lives on a private runway.More ↓Less ↑
It is morning in Amerika, and the majority of people who voted to re-elect Barack Obama president don’t even know it. Everything appears to be normal, but everything has changed. The United States will not be the same.
I have never felt that all was lost after a single election as I do today. The ship of state has been described as a battleship. Its course cannot be changed abruptly.
A major correction is a long slow process.
Barack Obama didn’t begin the process that changed us from a democratic republic to a democratic socialist country, but he will finish it, or at the very least, take us to the point of no return.
He is a charismatic ideologue, a true believer in a Marxist collective society where the people are best served by a government that redistributes wealth in order to take care of the basic needs of the people, who become wards of the state.
In his first four years, Obama obtained control of one-sixth of our economy. In the next four years, he will succeed in controlling much of the rest. No longer restrained by party or fear of rejection, he will be free to trample on the Constitution to enact his perfect will.
Though Republicans retained control of the House of Representatives, Speaker Boehner will continue to cave in as he did in the battle over raising the debt ceiling, which gave way to the unholy compromise that allowed those in power to keep spending at an alarming rate and, most assuredly, will result in crippling tax hikes and a weakened military. If keeping our country from going over a financial cliff in order to satisfy the desires of liberal special-interest groups, labor unions, large political donors and the behemoth government bureaucracy wasn’t an important enough issue to make a stand, what is?
There will be little, if any, real opposition, from the minority party in the Senate, as Republican leader Mitch McConnell cares more about maintaining his relationship with his BFF, Democratic leader Harry Reid, than he does about doing what is right for the country.
Obama most assuredly will have the opportunity to tip the balance of power in the Supreme Court, his only remaining obstacle on the road to a Marxist socialist utopia.
Those voters who just assume that our form of government will endure and that our country can remain a beacon of hope for oppressed people around the world know nothing of history.
These two well-known quotes about the life span and the nature of government bear repeating.
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.”
“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
“From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to selfishness;
From selfishness to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.”
While almost half of us receive some or all of our income from the federal government, it is clear from the exit polls that a small majority, 51-43 percent, still prefer smaller government with less services. Clearly, there is a disconnect from what we believe and how we vote.
There is little doubt that Obama’s victory can be chalked up, in part, to Hurricane Sandy. Four in 10 voters say his response was an important factor in their vote, and those people backed the president by a 2-to-1 margin.
In other words, the hurricane gave the attractive Obama a chance to appear on television looking caring and compassionate in the 11th hour of the campaign, and that likely pushed him over the top in this narrow election of lasting importance.
Unfortunately, far too many American voters choose their candidate the way a 7-year-old chooses her Barbie doll. It was an emotional, not at all a well-reasoned response.
Freedom is elusive. It is not easily obtained and can be lost on a whim.