Wednesday, November 07, 2012

I was wrong: four more years of the Big Zilch


Romney didn’t win but it was close, for what it was worth (no substantial difference between the two big parties, based on the candidates’ records, not their campaign talk, or Romney’s not really a social conservative). Still, seriously, I hoped the relatively better one would win; he had a shot.

The Republicans kept the House, for what it’s worth.

From Facebook:
Freedom dies to the sound of applause.

I fear for my poor child’s future.

We get the president we deserve. Congratulations, America. You just shot yourself in the head.

I knew it would be close. I am pleasantly surprised at how well Romney did in states like New York. The fact that the election is so close means that there is still genuine hope for the country. There are many decent people left. Sometimes through political losses can come moral victories.

Now that the re-election has occurred, his supporters can snuggle up in comfy hibernation again while he continues to murder children abroad, destroy free-speech protections, engage in illegal undeclared wars, fight whistleblowers, etc. Forward? Forward toward
what?!

The United States. I love being an American. I love this country. But you are like the Philadelphia Eagles right now. You need change. The majority wants change. But the change doesn't happen. WTF AMERICA!!!

God save us from this tyrant and the fools who re-elected him.

Well, America, if you liked the unemployment, the astronomical debt, the division, the sarcasm, and the erosion of your liberty under his first term, you are going to LOVE the next four years. Thank you, anti-Mormon bigots. Thank you, cafeteria Catholics. Thank you, idiots who get your news from “The Daily Show.” Thank you, women who believe free birth control and free abortions are more important than your actual freedom.
My guesses are the Catholic vote if it still exists went reflexively Dem both for historical reasons and peer-pressure liberalism identified with Catholic social teaching while the serious churchgoers, the theologically sound, like religious people across the board, went GOP.

Conservative Christians’ objections to Mormonism (the presidential religion shouldn’t matter) aren’t the same as the chattering classes’. We see how historically they threatened society’s good order (stealing wives, and cults like Warren Jeffs’, what happens when Mormon doctrine is put fully in practice), and that they’re not Christian (their doctrine: matter is eternal; God is an evolved man, one of many gods); they hate the Mormons because the Mormons still mirror 1950s America, normality. (We fear them for being destabilizing; they hate them for being stable.) I like Romney and his family. But he’s a liberal Rockefeller Republican like his dad. His record didn’t deserve my vote.

(By the way I think they should be free to practice their faith with one limit; the state should only step in if anybody’s harmed. Decriminalize polygamy.)

Gary Johnson got about a million votes or 1%. Interestingly he thought Obama would win.

The GOP is probably blaming people like me. Like Ross Perot’s effect in ’92 (the first year I voted Libertarian).

So quo vadis, GOP? Probably not our way, as Murray Rothbard hoped it would when Communism fell. Heartland populism like the Tea Party or more slick Rockefeller liberalism? (Either way, pro-war.)

The SWPLs run the country and it’s open season on the church.

Miserere nobis.

5 comments:

  1. "The GOP is probably blaming people like me. Like Ross Perot’s effect in ’92 (the first year I voted Libertarian)."

    I wish they would. Then they might have the sense to lean a little further in a Libertarian direction next time. I've never understood the argument that voting third-party is "wasting your vote", even from a purely pragmatic standpoint. The moment they start taking your vote for granted is the moment they stop caring about the issues that matter to you.

    (Incidentally, that's why Roe v. Wade will probably never be overturned- the GOP have no real incentive to end abortion and lose all of those captive voters, many of whom would probably rather vote Democrat anyway if they could choose based on other issues. Before 2006, Republicans controlled the Presidency and both houses of Congress, and the Supreme Court had a solid majority of Republican appointees; if they were really committed to overturning Roe, it already would have happened by now.)

    The argument you'll hear from party stalwarts is that the primary process is the proper time to "make your voice heard", and that one should rally round the nominee once it's over. That's a nice theory, but given how validly-elected delegates were treated at the convention this year, I can't say I was feeling much in a loyal mood. Hey, Republicans: If you treat one faction of your party like s**t at your own convention, don't be surprised when they return the favor on election day.

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  2. . . . unfortunately leaning toward libertarianism won't help the GOP. The American electorate do not seem to me to be libertarian at all. :-(

    Jim C.

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  3. I wrote some very angry things about the election, but was ashamed of what I wrote and hit the delete button. Yet, the shameful thoughts continue. May God have mercy and preserve the United States and me.

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  4. re polygamy: it's not harmless. Given a world in which we aren't slaughtering large portions of young males, polygamy creates a shortage of women for them to marry. Polygamist communities are notorious for their need to expel enough guys to keep up the supply of women for the chiefs to add to their collections.

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    1. I agree. Besides, we are not semites (i.e., not just Hebrews) in pastoral lands of the ancient Near East world practicing this form of mating.

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