Only in America! What’s going on here?

09 Nov

Judge andrew-napolitano presented this article and I have reposted!

Only in America can a president who inherits a deep recession and whose  policies have actually made the effects of that recession worse get re-elected.  Only in America can a president who wants the bureaucrats who can’t run the Post  Office to micromanage the administration of every American’s health care get  re-elected. Only in America can a president who kills Americans overseas who  have never been charged or convicted of a crime get re-elected. And only in  America can a president who borrowed and spent more than $5 trillion in fewer  than four years, plans to repay none of it and promises to borrow another $5  trillion in his second term get re-elected.

What’s going on here?

What is going on is the present-day proof of the truism observed by Thomas  Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, who rarely agreed on anything in public: When  the voters recognize that the public treasury has become a public trough, they  will send to Washington not persons who will promote self-reliance and foster an  atmosphere of prosperity, but rather those who will give away the most cash and  thereby create dependency. This is an attitude that, though present in some  localities in the colonial era, was created at the federal level by Woodrow  Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt, magnified by FDR, enhanced by LBJ, and eventually  joined in by all modern-day Democrats and most contemporary Republicans.

Mitt Romney is one of those Republicans. He is no opponent of federal  entitlements, and he basically promised to keep them where they are. Where they  are is a cost to taxpayers of about $1.7 trillion a year. Under President Obama,  however, the costs have actually increased, and so have the numbers of those who  now receive them. Half of the country knows this, and so it has gleefully sent  Obama back to office so he can send them more federal cash taken from the other  half.

It is fair to say that Obama is the least skilled and least effective  American president since Jimmy Carter, but he is far more menacing. His every  instinct is toward the central planning of the economy and the federal  regulation of private behavior. He has no interest in protecting American  government employees in harm’s way in Libya, and he never admits he has been  wrong about anything. Though he took an oath to uphold the Constitution, he  treats it as a mere guideline, whose grand principles intended to guarantee  personal liberty and a diffusion of power can be twisted and compromised to suit  his purposes. He rejects the most fundamental of American values — that our  rights come from our Creator, and not from the government. His rejection of that  leads him to an expansive view of the federal government, which permits it, and  thus him, to right any wrong, to regulate any behavior and to tax any event,  whether authorized by the Constitution or not, and to subordinate the individual  to the state at every turn.

As a practical matter, we are in for very difficult times during Obama’s  second term. ObamaCare is now here to stay; so, no matter who you are or how you  pay your medical bills, federal bureaucrats will direct your physicians in their  treatment of you, and they will see your medical records. As well, Obama is  committed to raising the debt of the federal government to $20 trillion. So, if  the Republican-controlled House of Representatives goes along with this, as it  did during Obama’s first term, the cost will be close to $1 trillion in interest  payments every year. As well, everyone’s taxes will go up on. New Year’s Day, as  the Bush-era tax cuts will expire then. The progressive vision of a populace  dependent on a central government and a European-style welfare state is now at  hand.

Though I argued during the campaign that this election was a Hobson’s choice  between big government and bigger government, and that regrettably it addressed  how much private wealth the feds should seize and redistribute and how much  private behavior they should regulate, rather than whether the Constitution  permits them to do so, and though I have argued that we have really one  political party whose two branches mirror each other’s wishes for war and power,  it is unsettling to find Obama back in the White House for another four years.  That sinking feeling comes from the knowledge that he is free from the need to  keep an eye on the electorate, and from the terrible thought that he may be the  authoritarian we have all known and feared would visit us one day and crush our  personal freedoms.

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