...and we're right in it's path.
A fair amount of folks are looking forward to elections this year and in 2012, seemingly with the attitude that once the present Administration is out of office it'll be smooth sailing on the national road to recovery. We'll have another "Reagan Revolution" where traditional values come back and we'll move back to being a city on the hill for all others to emulate.
Why should we believe that those presently in power will go quietly? Look at all of the hype and hyperbole surrounding anyone disapproving the newly passed healthcare bill. Outright lies are told of violence perpetrated by conservatives and condoned by their Republican overlords. This is just the beginning too.
Does everyone forget so soon the drawn out battle between Al Franken and Norm Coleman? How 312 votes were all it took to defeat an incumbent Senator? Remember the rhetoric of that particular campaign?
Remember the drawn out wrangling over the 2000 Presidential election? How so many of Gore's supporters STILL have it sticking in their craw that Bush won?
Remember the New Black Panthers and their voter intimidation in Philadelphia? How the case was dropped by Holder's Justice Department?
Listen to the hyperventilating hysterics that erupt over any opposition to the current President.
How realistic is it to expect conservative values to win this year and two years from now with no backlash from the defeated?
How many election results will be contested ad infinitum after this November? How much voter intimidation will go unreported or downplayed in the MSM?
It'd be easier to put toothpaste back into a tube than to tamp down the hate-filled rhetoric and acts of the recent past.
I've stated more than once we'll see a weakening of the nation under this President. I still believe that. But now I don't see him alone as the major catalyst of what happens.
He isn't personally to blame. IMO we've reached a time in our history where someone like him would have come on the scene no matter what. It isn't him, it's us and how we've acted/reacted over the past several decades.
I'm reminded of some arguments I heard a long time ago concerning the inevitability of Hitler's rise. The thinking went that Germany was positioned culturally and politically so that the coming to power of Hitler or someone like him was cast in stone.
It strikes me the same way with B.O., to use an example of this I believe his election doesn't in any way account for the conduct of Congress. Barack Obama isn't in any way responsible for the Nancy Pelosis, Frank Reids, Chuck Schumers, Teddy Kennedys of this time. He hasn't been guiding their hands and speaking through their mouths the last several years. On it's own both houses of the legislative branch have moved to this point. That is completely independent of our Chief Executive.
Likewise the Supreme Court. Justice Sotomayor WAS appointed by B.O. but the remaining justices weren't. Of course he'll fill any vacancy with a political fellow traveler, but the fact of that vacancy couldn't have been engineered by him. Hell, one of the Justices on that Court goes back to Gerald Ford! Is his upcoming retirement somehow due to the manipulations of Obama?
It's all come together, along with so much more that's prevalent in our culture. All of it now.
We're royally screwed, time to wise up to that fact and plan accordingly. Rough times are ahead for at least the next few decades. God help us.
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity...