Well, here we are, on the very eve of this election, the culmination of years of campaigning, and after a disastrous four year performance by the incumbent. Many have cast this election as a stark choice between two presidents, two visions, two countries, two futures. They are wrong; it’s not a choice.
After this administration’s handling of Benghazi, replete with the deaths of four Americans following an hours-long siege, not to mention the pleas for assistance gone unanswered and the misdirection and lies put forth by the administration in the attack’s aftermath, there is no American who would vote for Obama. And that’s just one element out of a whole host of foreign policy missteps, from abandoning the Poles to Russia, to promising flexibility with Putin after the election, to ignoring the plight of Iranian protesters, to, well I could go on and on and on.
And while CNN’s Money laughably found Friday’s unemployment percentage rising to 7.9% to be good news, the depth of the economic mire we’re in, as well as the completely unprepared, absurd, and incredibly wrong-headed manner in which Obama has tried to address the issue, have ensured that the American voting public will be sending his ass back to Chicago.
Or at least they should. The fact is, Obama’s performance on virtually every single front has been terrible, and when facts are laid bare no American can vote for the man. This election is truly a non-choice. In 2008, with Obama yet an unknown quantity, and following eight years of Bush, Americans faced a real choice: Bush Lite in McCain, or Obama’s gauzy “Change.” In 2004, there was a choice between George Bush’s status quo in a time of war, or Kerry’s anti-war policies. You can go back to just about every election in memory, and similar choices abound.
However, in 2012, there really is no choice. We have a failed president, up against a challenger who has been successful throughout his career and has experience in the very area where we need experienced leadership. Obama, a radical liberal who has pursued an extreme left agenda, up against a Republican moderate who governed the most liberal state of the union. A politician with no practical worldly experience versus one who has distinguished himself in both the public and private sectors. It’s a long abused cliche to blame any chance Obama has for winning re-election on media bias. But what else keeps him afloat? Obama runs on promises he hasn’t kept, on a record unreported, on failures and scandals unmentioned. There is no question that if he received just a fraction of the bad press Bush did, he’d stand no chance at all of winning a second term. It’s not just media bias, it’s bias in schools, bias in movies and tv. In this age of near universal information availability, it’s astonishing that so many know so very little.
This year we’re not holding an election. November 6th isn’t a choice between two presidents. It’s merely a litmus test to tell us whether anyone is actually paying attention to the facts. Whether ignorance has won the day, and whether the number of voters who really couldn’t care less about the future of this country save for their meager government pittance, has finally overcome the masses who want to work harder and smarter for a better shot at life. Whether class-based revenge trumps the value of the freedoms that have been endowed to us by our creator. November 6th answers the question: have we finally sold our souls short?
It’s kind of scary that we are even at this sorry stage. Freedoms lost may only ever be a generation away, but lately it feels like they are a mere election away. Should Obama lose Tuesday, some 40+ percent of the populace will still have cast their vote for the man and that’s in spite of the lack of progress he’s made throughout his entire career. I know janitors with more impressive accomplishments.