Whereas previous generations of Americans laid down their lives for our freedoms, this generation willingly gave theirs up at the voting booth last night. Americans gave up real rights, such as the right to religious liberty, and very likely our second amendment rights, in exchange for services masquerading as rights, such as the "right" to "free" birth control. In fact, exit polls suggest that Obama was successful in making abortion an issue this election, handily winning the single woman vote by huge margins, even though abortion was never part of Romney's platform or even on his to-do list.
Clearly, Romney failed in his run for president, though in truth, the deck was stacked against him by a media employing bias like never before. And while this Wednesday morning quarterback has a few criticisms of the campaign: too safe, too willing to let attacks on his person lie unanswered, too soft in the second and third debates, my main criticism is for the American people. Because at the end of the day, Romney ran a pretty good campaign despite the challenges he was up against. Romney may have had his flaws, the media may have had their bias, but it was the American people who failed last night.
Some folks have expressed their condolences to me for my candidate losing. Right back at 'em; I express my condolences to the country as a whole for the country losing. Because the country lost last night. The thoughtful were overtaken by the rank. The makers were overtaken by the takers. American politics has now fulfilled Alexis De Touqueville's prediction that freedom ceases to exist when the electorate figures out that they can vote themselves an ever growing share of others' income. Make no mistake, the country has exceeded it's tipping point and will never be the same again.
What's sad about this is that if the facts were laid bare, my gut says Americans would not have voted the way they did. Earlier, I mentioned how prior generations of Americans had made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. Compare that to today's Americans, who couldn't be bothered to understand the facts before they voted. This generation of Americans gave up their freedoms because they couldn't be bothered to read past the headlines, or take the time to understand the issues or the impacts of the current policy. Media bias only works when the audience doesn't care to dig deeper or question the information presented. How else to explain the fact that Joe Biden's performance in the VP debate rewarded him with a second term? How else to explain Obama winning re-election despite being the most polarizing figure in terms of race and class to ever inhabit the White House? Or despite our current unemployment and GDP levels? Or despite the fiasco in Benghazi.