I’ve heard all sorts of reasons, and many excuses, to make sense of President Obama’s reelection. I was disappointed, but only a little surprised.
Much of it is bitterness. Bitterness for “not putting a real conservative on the ticket;” bitterness at several Tea Party candidates whose poor communication skills may have indeed alienated a few million previously undecided voters; bitterness at conservative Christians who may have “decided to stay home rather than vote for a Mormon”; bitterness at President Obama for pandering to special interests to “buy” the election, and even bitterness at young voters who just “seem to want everything handed to them.”
I will not address here Mr. Romney’s qualifications as a conservative. There are many factors to weigh, but I am of the opinion that the main factor was that many conservatives applied “presidential-level” litmus tests in error to his term as governor of Massachusetts.
In regards to the second point: In today’s world, a conservative candidate will be raked over the coals regarding “women’s reproductive rights” and the homosexual agenda. Conservatives had better be ready for the questions, and your answers better be well-formulated and fundamentally sound. For Tea Party candidates, it’s of even greater importance, because the media is going to try even harder to make you look stupid. And would-be candidates should be honest with themselves. If they do not handle spontaneous questions well, or cannot speak spontaneously without having to apologize for unintended slights, they should think again about running, because those clumsy answers will be pounced on and extended to all conservatives.
To those who just didn’t vote because of Mr. Romney’s religion, he’s a good, morally upright, honest person whose religious beliefs are not totally unaligned with your own beliefs. Your refusal to vote may have had a hand in Obama’s reelection.
I suppose “buying the election” depends on which side you’re on, doesn’t it? But the fact that so many voters don’t understand or even try to comprehend basic economics is quite disheartening. The belief that taxing the pants off of the wealthy will somehow fund our entitlement-bent President’s agenda has been proven ridiculous. It’s been said before: A democracy will collapse under the weight of its own spending once the electorate realizes that it can effectively vote itself money from the public treasury.
Which brings me to my final thought:
Where did younger voters get the idea that they are entitled to everything they want, as soon as they want it? I was asking myself this question long before the 2012 election, and the answer has finally dawned on me.
But first I want to ask you something, fellow boomers: why wasn’t what we had good enough for our own children? Our parents naturally wanted this for us. Many of them had grown up during the Great Depression, and often didn’t have enough food, and wondered where they’d be sleeping at night. Most of us didn’t have those issues, so why do we feel that our kids have to have it better than we did?
Were we deprived because many of our families only had 1 television set in the house, and many households had “only” 2 cars? We survived, thank you very much, in smaller homes sharing bedrooms (and in many cases single bathrooms), and we looked upon “extras” graciously because they weren’t commonplace. Most of us went to church with our families each week, and if we caused a ruckus at school, we would suffer the consequences. We took car vacations back then, and from them, learned real tolerance; not the “embrace diversity” variety that the schools and media are force-feeding us today.
Then somewhere along the way, after we grew up, WE changed. We bought more than we could afford: houses, cars, toys. We began ignoring time-tested values that had kept families strong for generations, through thick and thin. We got lazy and stopped training our kids, letting them decide right and wrong for themselves, and then when they got in trouble, we wondered why and blamed the teachers. When things at home weren’t as slick as glass, we left. We left spouses. We left children, and then to fill the voids in our lives and theirs, we turned to “stuff”. We buy our kids stuff we think they’ll want, even if they haven’t expressed a desire for it. We just see that “Johnny’s dad bought him…” and we buy it for our kids.
So where did they learn to expect everything to be handed to them? We just need to look in the mirror.