Postmortem Post


By Grant Davies

Yesterday my blog, WhatWeThinkandWhy, had a lot more visitors than normal.

Why? I didn't write anything. Nothing new there. No emails went out to announce a new blog post. No last minute advice on the election. No predictions.

What were those visitors looking for? I don't know. But whatever they hoped to find, they didn't find it. That blog had long ago made the case for freedom and against dependency on government. There was nothing left to be said before the American people went to polls to decide if they wanted to be Europeans or stick with the American dream of individual liberty and personal responsibility.

Yesterday they chose the Nanny State. That's what the election was about. It doesn't matter what you thought it was about, or what your neighbor thought it was about. It doesn't matter if your team was blue or red.

And sorry to say, that decision is irreversible. Normally after one party loses they lick their wounds and start working on the next election. But not this time.

Oh, they will go through the motions. And many will buy into the notion that in the next election people will right the wrongs. Surely the people will come to their senses. Sorry folks, not this time.

There are now more people beholden to government for their sustenance than those who are not. And in four years there will be many, many more. More government employees. More people getting money from government programs. More people who have children and other family members who will lose their jobs or benefits if the government ever shrinks.

They will never vote for that to happen. Whatever or whomever people may vote for, they never vote against themselves. The American experiment has failed. It was just as had been predicted by so many over the last two hundred years who understood human nature.

The election was not about Romney. He had no plan or ability to save us from ourselves. The best he could have done would have been to buy some time. He was after all, a moderate Democrat. He thinks government has the answers. He is wrong.

And the election wasn't about how bad Obama is. He is merely a reflection of the attitudes of most of the people. He can get back to the golf course now. I don't blame him. That's what I'm going to do.

So now we will learn for the first time what it feels like to be in a country which is in decline. The Europeans have known that feeling for a long time. We'll get used to it too.

My only advice to anyone who still wants it is this; If you don't have a helmet you better go and get one. And if you have one, you better put it on. Because there is some heavy shrapnel heading our way. Not tomorrow, but sooner than anyone thinks.

And your team, no matter what color it was, won't help you now. 

25 comments:

  1. Yesterday and today traffic has spiked on my blog - directly to a 2011 post titled "In a Democracy - the People Get the Government They Deserve." As you have eloquently stipulated, the American people are not far from receiving the deserved consequences of yesterday's vote for Ameritopia (from Levin's book) - tyranny, economic chaos, and societal lawlessness.

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    1. I, too, read your August 27 post. It is really good, right on the mark. As per your update, I think I found a grammatical error. Sorry. LOL :) And I read your November 7 piece. We are toast, but that was a foregone conclusion. Thank you.

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  2. I just read your piece. It's excellent. Good luck. Thanks for reading.

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  3. Most of the problems in America can be laid at the Progressive Media-Education complex. The Marxist Left for generations now have known public education to be the most effective route to hammering autonomy and individual rights out of our once-freedom-loving society. Given yesterday's results, they've apparently accomplished this in toto.

    Start 'em as young as possible. Remember, it was Lenin who said, "give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever."

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    1. Yep. They won, we lost. The people got complacent and fell asleep. It happens in every successful civilization sooner or later.

      I thought we might have a little more time. I was wrong. This time it was only a few hundred years. Jefferson knew it. Franklin knew it. Now we know it too.

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    2. Conservatives haven't offered a compelling argument against left wing statism since the Reagan years. If nothing else, Reagan knew how to make a compelling argument for liberty and limited government and free enterprise. Conservatives have been coasting on Reagan's momentum too long.

      Maybe our situation is hopeless. I don't know. But I bet most of us will stay in the fight anyway. Now is the time to dig deeper. Politics is only at the surface. I think Andrew Klavan is right:

      The Long Game: Three areas the Right should address, financially and intellectually.

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    3. I'll stay in the fight. If by "fight" you mean exposing young people to the freedom philosophy and the principles of sound economics. If you mean political fight, then I will leave that largely to others, as I have most often done.

      As the great and wise Walter E. Williams has often said,(paraphrased) "We should not spend one moment trying to convince our politicians of anything. It's the hearts and minds of our fellow citizens we should concentrate on changing." In the end, they are the only ones who will change anything.

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    4. Good point by Mr. Williams. Changing the hearts and minds of our fellow citizens is a more difficult but more important challenge.

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  4. What a sad, sad day.

    Yes. Time to get used to living in a former great country.

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  5. I disagree. America is simply in transition and socialism is a stage. We are going into a warm fuzzy place where reality is hidden. We will transform into an empire.

    Isolationist, angry and dangerous with the power and lack of morality required to take what we need. People are bound to be the natural resource of the progressive/slave empire state.

    Just as pimps lure young girls into sex slavery with false promises, the progressive elite now see each of us in the light of dependance and fear. They will now begin to use America like a supermarket where they will pick and choose their slaves.

    It really is no shock. Western American prosperity has always been based upon property ownership. Due to property taxes, zoning, eminent domain, and GSE owning most property title, individual property ownership has become a myth. With it's departure went our way of life.

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  6. Buck up. You sound like a 13 year old girl who got her heart broken in homeroom. Leftist never cry in their soup like this...they make plans.

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    1. Actually, that's not totally accurate. Michael Moore didn't get out of bed for 48 hours when Bush was re-elected in '04. Many others threatened to flee the country. (Unfortunately, they never upheld that promise). And I do recall Chris Matthews having a severe meltdown after the first debate when his guy did so poorly.

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  7. Romney had too much stacked against him, some of which you pointed out here....the main one being that we have more people on the govt dole than ever before, and they will continue to vote for the hand that feeds them.

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  8. Republicans have failed to recognize the changing demographics and societal norms. The party so closely aligned itself with narrow and rigid issues they intentionally kept their tent small. It is possible to be fiscally conservative and responsible while at the same time socially moderate or libertarian.

    Until republicans realize this and begin to accept and openly embrace diversity, a women's right to choose, the right of gay and lesbian individuals to marry, and accept that America can no longer act as the World's big brother, either from a ethical or fiscal viewpoint , the party will die. And it will be a self inflicted death.

    It is possible to be conservative and survive, even thrive. The party hopefully will figure out what it will take.

    Grant may be right . Certainly the task will be hard. Damn hard. If the fight for liberty, individualism, capitalism, and this republic is worth it might be a very good idea to look inward to start.

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    1. The GOP will gain little from antagonizing social conservatives.

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  9. I just don't understand how all facets of the right (GOP, Libertarian, etc) couldn't come together under the banner of reduced spending. The #1 problem with this country right now is the economy and the right let Obama and his minions make the elections about anything but the economy. We have got to quit all this damned in-fighting amongst ourselves in favor of these emotionally charged "pet" topics. People seem to forget that it doesn't matter if gay marriage is legal when the country doesn't exist anymore. I swear, watching the right this election cycle was like watching a guy repaint his car because the engine wasn't running good.

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    1. Spanish, you make many valid points. However, I would caution against lumping libertarians into "the right." They aren't, and if you allow folks to assert that nonchalantly it will become a factoid. If so, the "left" we need to join a "coalition of the rational" will never join in.

      What is now the GOP is dead. If not there is no chance for the country. Democrats must have somewhere else to turn other than to support the insane leftist and kooks who now run their party.

      The "right" has failed and we can debate the causes ad-nausem, but it is a fact.

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    2. Social issues will never go away. If conservatives were to give in on every single social issue, leaving it to libertarians and Democrats to decide, the Democrats would invent new issues. This election was a perfect example. The GOP had zero interest in banning contraception, but Dems created that illusion and it worked. Social issues are powerful wedges and shrewd politicians will use them in every close election, even if they have to manufacture the controversy.

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    3. Social issues will never go away, it's just a matter of who decides what happens in our society, government by force or individuals by cooperation.

      Libertarians don't decide social issues, they allow the people themselves to decide.

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    4. I know you're trying to make a clever point, and I get it, but you're missing my point entirely. Focus on this sentence:

      "Social issues are powerful wedges and shrewd politicians will use them in every close election, even if they have to manufacture the controversy."

      If we could take the issues of abortion and drug use and prostitution and homosexuality completely off the table forever, somehow bringing everyone in America into agreement, left wing statists would still find a way to bash conservatives with some trumped up social wedge issue, and lot of libertarians would join in the bashing, accusing conservatives of wanting to intrude into people's private lives.

      It's no wonder libertarians are so bad at winning elections. You have to make friends in politics.

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    5. I agree with your assessment of what the statists will do with the social issue.

      But this is classic. "It's no wonder libertarians are so bad at winning elections. You have to make friends in politics."

      This is un-intentionally hilarious. The friends the GOP has made in the Democrat party didn't help them too much. The GOP is deader than a door nail and if they don't make friends with liberty minded people right away they have no hope whatsoever of a resurrection.

      The Libertarian Party, to which I do not belong for the same reason I don't belong to the GOP (Non-performance) doesn't win elections because they are outside of the system. The GOP doesn't win elections because they have crappy candidates who are an echo chamber of the Dems. I urge anyone who wants to make any progress against the left; abandon the GOP immediately so they can die right away without making everyone suffer while they groan. Make sure they know you are quitting and send them no more money for any reason whatsoever.

      Quit the Libertarian party if you are in it as well. Same reason.

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  11. Grant, I hear what you mean with my loose comparison. I guess the point I was trying to make is that if given the choice between being economically conservative and socially liberal, folks of our ilk are going to choose the economy every time. Haha I wouldn't want to be lumped in with the Republican Party either after the mess they've helped get us in!

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