Post mortem 12

November 6, 2012, the day on which Barack Obama was re-elected to the presidency of the United States, was a moment when the history of America was decisively changed. Some – and we are among them – think that the old America, the America founded in 1776, died on that day.

We have selected passages from several post mortems (see the whole articles).

Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh, who has lived under a communist regime, writes a lament:

Our Constitutional Republic died a peaceful death on November 6, 2012. Having reached the point of no return in a comatose state after years of progressive and illegal immigration assaults, the fabric of conservative society is now completely unraveled and Uncle Sam’s America is no more.The United States of America is now relegated to the dust bin of history as a “has been” empire. The Shining City on the Hill, the hope of so many millions since July 4, 1776, no longer exists. What rises from the ashes is a country that few of us will recognize, like, or learn to accept submissively. After 236 years of existence, a new country emerges today … The Supreme Court will be forever altered after its last conservative members will be replaced by the liberal academics who call themselves “progressives.” The rule of law will be implemented by Executive Orders, making Congress irrelevant. The communist motto “Forward” that resonated with so many ignorant Americans will plunge us into many years of darkness from which we will never be able to recover. We have proven our Founding Fathers right, they did give us a Constitutional Republic and we were unable to maintain it. … The welfare dependent Americans, unions, and illegal aliens have chosen for the rest of us the dark path of serfdom to big government and to socialist utopia. … Rallies in support of conservatism overwhelmed venues for Mitt Romney while rallies for our bumbling President became scarcer and scarcer. Yet, miraculously, at the ballot box, our President won all over the countrt. … Americans chose high unemployment, reduction of our military, communist indoctrination of their children, and loss of personal freedoms … I am saddened by the loss of millions and millions of American soldiers who have died to preserve freedom yet we lost it on November 6, 2012.

Ron Radosh gives some advice. He writes:

The president will argue that the nation has given him a mandate and endorsed the policies he sought to pursue, and that he will do all he can to move the United States to the “fundamental transformation” he said was his goal in the 2008 election campaign. That means the opposite of any attempt for serious compromise, and a hunkering down to try to move ahead with ObamaCare and other politically leftist programs. …  So what should conservatives do? … Those opposed to the direction Obama favors should provide serious and meaningful alternatives of their own, and present them to the nation. They should do everything possible to reveal to the nation that it is the White House, and not the defeated Republicans, that is failing to deal with the coming crisis of a growing entitlement state.  In foreign policy, which is the most dangerous of the coming crises that will face the Obama administration, conservatives should relentlessly forge ahead on issues like the failure of the White House in the murders of our diplomats at Benghazi, which candidate Romney foolishly failed to deal with in the last days of the campaign … It also means a continuing effort to raise the issue of the danger to the world of the growing radical Islamic movements abroad, to attack their ideology, and to make it clear that although Bin Laden is dead, his death did not put an end to a regrouped al-Qaeda.

J. Christian Adams sounds a note of optimism, looking to the individual states to preserve liberty. He  writes:

The Founders gave us a Constitutional architecture which was designed to delay the arrival of demagogues. And make no mistake about it, Obama is a demagogue. He has totalitarian tendencies which manifest over and over and over again. Whether attacking religious liberty, or secured Chrysler bondholders, this man comes from a worldview distinctly un-American. Thankfully the Constitution still is operative. Some of the liberties the Founders secured are still ours to treasure. The press remains free. We can still assemble. And I suspect after tonight, gun ownership will substantially increase. But another part of our Constitutional architecture provides solace tonight – the 10th Amendment. Sure, we’ve heard the 10th thrown about for years. But tonight it ripened. Whatever powers aren’t given to the federal government, it doesn’t have. And the states are empowered to push back against federal power. It’s funny how those wise architects 200 years ago anticipated things we couldn’t anticipate just a decade ago. It is providential that the document contains seeds that sprout over time. The 10th Amendment does not lend itself to the sort of corrupt interpretation that the Commerce Clause does. States retain power, period. …

Bryan Preston writes in a spirit of mea culpa but let’s-now-do-it-right encouragement:

We can blame the candidate, sure. Romney didn’t fully capitalize on his first-debate win, and apparently the Chris Christie/Barack Obama lovefest turned a lot of votes back to the president, too. But overall, Romney ran almost as competent a challenger’s campaign as I’ve seen. We can blame the press, sure. Benghazi alone would have sunk most presidents — most Republican presidents — in weeks if not days. The coverup by the Complicit Media was shameful in the extreme. But we’ve faced down the MSM before, and won. So, no, I don’t think we can just blame Romney and I don’t think we can just blame the press. Even combined, those two aren’t enough to explain what happened today. There is something deeply wrong with our country. We’ve been living on borrowed time — and trillions of borrowed dollars — for a decade already. We seem to think that we can keep on doing so. That more than anything else is “the new normal.” Thomas Jefferson famously said of the slavery issue, “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” I tremble for my country when I think that the God of Compound Interestis a far more jealous God than Jahweh, Allah, and Zuul all wrapped up into a single, bloody package. Maybe that truth — the truth — doesn’t sell in a country that’s been suffering for four years now, and with no real end in sight. This election should have been something like a walkover for the challenger. But no. Our economic destiny is already written in stone, with four trillion in new debt run up by Bush and the GOP, and another six trillion by Obama and the Democrats. Our only hope is rapid and wrenching reform. The alternative is hyperinflation, Cloward-Piven [forcing the break-down of the system and then establishing communism], and all the rest of the Zimbabwe-like horror. And that means Mitt Romney didn’t fail us. That means people like me — people like you — failed our country. We had years to make the case, and we didn’t. We worked our bottoms off, but it wasn’t enough. So we must redouble our efforts. … Do not tire, do not flag, do not quit. … We will need to fight [Obama] at every turn. I’m not quitting. Don’t you quit now, either.

We won’t be quitting.

The worst is yet to be, and for as long as we have the freedom to say what we think, we – and all our readers, we trust and hope – will continue to do so.

And, on further thought, do so even after that freedom is denied us, because then it will be even more necessary. That’s our pledge.

  • I love what Ron Radosh has to say. I like his attitude, and refusal to lay down and accept this as a fait Accompli. I have been shaking myself off since Tuesday, and will resume adding my voice to the chorus trying to call Obama to account.

  • rogerinflorida

    I am extremely puzzled by the election result, however as my thoughts have sorted themselves out I now believe that Romney’s hard line on Iran made a lot of people nervous. He thought he sounded firm and decisive but instead came across as downright dangerous. People are not stupid, the US helped Israel get the bomb and Israel has religious nutcases that easily equal the madmen in Tehran. Pakistan has nuclear weapons and they are indisputably crazy. If Saudi Arabia wanted nuclear weapons the US would be first in line for the contract. People are weary and wary, the last thing we need now is another war.

    • liz

      You could be right, but I think you underestimate the stupidity of people.
      I just heard that a huge number of Republicans didn’t vote, (or voted 3rd party) because they thought Romney wasn’t conservative enough!
      That’s really brilliant. Throw away your only chance to be saved from certain death because the guy who came to your rescue just didn’t act enough like John Wayne.
      THAT”LL show ’em! Yep, they’ll stand up and take notice now! When we’re all down there at the bottom of the drain together, they’ll have to admit it.

      • rogerinflorida

        Apparently Romney got about 2m fewer votes than McCain, but then old Johnny boy had Sarah Palin to fire up the base. Apparently women were not too thrilled with Ryan and were annoyed at the amount of talk about abortion, gay marriage and contraception. What is clear is the the RNC did not read the base well and did not fire them up. But what about the independents who were flocking to Romney, sounds like somebody had a bad case of wishful thinking. The election was Romney’s but he screwed up, he should have concentrated on the economy, energy and cost of living, forget about foreign nonsense, we are not interested.

        • I think there is a lot of second guessing going on. Romney really did keep his message about the economy, it was Fox, Rush, Hannity, Washington Times… it was the conservative media that kept hammering about Benghazi, which is a genuine scandal and deserves to be exposed. I am of the opinion that it was all about ground game, and Obama’s was more diversified and energetic than Romney’s. I think some conservative christians just couldn’t bring themselves to vote for a mormon… and throw in that Obama much as I hate to admit it is more charismatic than Romney. Thats why the Democrats have been grooming him since 2004.

          • liz

            And don’t forget STUPIDITY!!! is always a big factor.
            I worked at the polls, and the other workers were Hispanic Democrats. Nice people but totally clueless. When you are gullible enough to believe Jesus can appear on a tortilla, you can believe Obama is the answer to all our ills.
            But I still don’t understand how Republicans could have won in such a landslide in 2010 but not now. Whatever you say about the Tea Party, they KNEW we had to defeat Obama at all costs, for the sake of the country. I wouldn’t think enough of them would have made an issue of Romney’s religion or percieved lack of conservatism to make that much of a difference in the votes.

            • Sigh… welcome to the idiocracy. Are we just dinosaurs resisting a natural evolution that will somehow work out? Will socialism in the context of an advanced technological matrix somehow be successful? or will some clever scientist engineer a virus that identifies and kills only stupid liberals… the wonders and possibilities of the future await us.

            • liz

              Yes, I am beginning to wonder about that, myself. Maybe we are doomed by evolution to a future in which freedom as we know it has no meaning. But I think it’s simply history repeating itself, and we’re just heading into another Dark Age.

            • …And then another Renaissance? Thats Hopefull!!… kinda

          • rogerinflorida

            Was McCain’s “ground game” any better than Romney’s? There must be a reason for the fact that Romney got about 2m fewer votes than McCain. Your suggestion that evangelicals, etc. would not vote for a Mormon may be true, if that is the case then I am done with the republican party. How could the party brass not be aware of that? Did they not ask the question and listen to the base? The democrats are crowing about their “ground game” but the fact is Obama got 8m fewer votes than in 2008. He was eminently beatable but the republicans didn’t turn out; why?

  • liz

    Good articles. Dr. Paugh is too kind in calling the pres. “bumbling”. I can think of many better words not fit to print.

    The other advice, though dismal, is too optimistic even for me. Keep “relentlessly forging ahead”? Of course that’s all we CAN do, but we’ve been doing that for the last 4 years and where has it gotten us? And states who acted on that secret weapon, the 10th Amendment, got SUED by the Feds.

    And speaking of those numbers at rallies for Romney that so outnumbered those for Obama, which mysteriously did not materialize at the polls – what about that?
    It indicates to me that the “something deeply wrong with our country” is much more than just US. I’m beginning to think there really is something to the conspiracy theories such as the one outlined in “The Obama Deception” (saw it on YouTube), the whole thing about the Bilderbergs and the Tri-lateral Commission, etc. It doesn’t seem far-fetched at all anymore.
    I’m already used to being considered a paranoid wing-nut just for calling the communist we have in office what he in fact IS – so what the heck? Might as well go whole hog.

    • I agree completely.May as well be all in. when you lose your passion and start equivocating, you are just waiting to die