Is American exceptionalism evaporating?
In these last few days after the 2012 U.S. elections America’s future, for many, appears to be bleak. To those same Americans, an unfamiliar America is emerging in which traditional American values that made the U.S. exceptional are evaporating. Qualities like self-reliance and a strong work ethic have been replaced by a big government that is taking care of nearly half of the populace, in one form or another, and encouraging others to reach out for assistance.
Mitt Romney’s defeat and Obama’s triumph is a victory for the liberal-left culture, which has achieved some level of political dominance in our society. Its instruments: political correctness (PC), multi-culturalism, and relativism-are creations of the New Left cultural Marxism and have shackled many Americans – especially white Americans consumed by guilt – to decline and decay.
Barack Hussein Obama savaged Mitt Romney with personal attacks during the campaign that were so brutal as to prompt Romney’s son to threaten Obama that he will “take a swing at him.” PC factored into Romney’s constraint making him reluctant to fight back and attack Obama on unresolved personal issues such as his past associations, birthplace, religion, school grades, contributors, etc. Romney feared the all powerful and deadly charge of being called a racist. The competition between a white person and an African-American in the U.S. is rendered uneven by guilt over historical race relations, which demagogues try to keep fresh for purposes of political power. With the pervasiveness of PC in the general public but especially among those in the media and academia, any charge of racism leveled against a white person or candidate can effectively damage or destroy his career.
Demographic changes in America – with a diminishing population of whites, also affected the outcome of the election. The Democrat Party has consolidated political power through a paternalistic embrace of non-white minorities, women, and young voters. There is an “American Idol” mentality in this country which, coupled with the fact that young students want to be “cool” and accepted by their peers on campus, led to the Obama victory. Influenced by leftist professors, students tend to gravitate towards the party that mirrors those PC views. Young single women consider issues such as abortion, women’s rights, etc. a priority. They see the world through a narrow lens of how their lives might be affected.
Hispanics, who represent the largest minority in America, consider immigration to be their primary issue. Republicans, in upholding the laws of the land, have been tougher than Democrats on “legalizing” the illegal immigrants, and they have been punished as a result. African-Americans, the second largest minority, are likely to vote for a fellow African-American, especially when his party stands for governmental support programs, and is a major employer within the African-American community. Interestingly enough, no member of the PC mainstream media would dare accuse an African-American of racism. It seems only whites can be regarded as racist. Jews, another Democrat constituency, are the most baffling of all groups. The Democrat Party relies on their financial support but distances itself from Israel. And yet, it continues to get their support. An old joke has it that Jews earn like Episcopalians, but vote like Puerto Ricans.
In addition to demography and race, this election showed that there will be a generational change in the future. Romney will probably be one of the last baby-boomers to run for the presidency. Henceforth, trends towards racial diversity will only expand in both parties.
The Democrat Party, once a truly patriotic party with figures like Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, and Henry “Scoop” Jackson, is no longer. Many of today’s flag-bearers of the party are leftist ideologues like Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, John Kerry, and Nancy Pelosi. The party has consistently sought to reduce the military budget and increase social welfare. On the international scene they are seen as appeasers and perceived as weak – especially among Middle East Islamists, and authoritarian leaders such as Vladimir Putin. The Democrats want to emulate Europe’s social welfare just when Europe is assessing the damage cradle-to-grave socialism has done to its economy.
President Obama hates Europe’s colonial past (Dreams from My Father) but loves EU bureaucrats whose actions often times override national interests. He adores the power of these same bureaucrats who decide on how Europeans should live. Obama-care, coupled with his efforts to transfer wealth from one group to another, will further cripple the already weakened U.S. economy.
Around the world Obama’s reelection has been celebrated albeit not because they love Obama or America but rather because he and his policies represent a weaker America, a less assertive America demanding consideration of its vital interests. Russia’s Putin hopes Obama will keep his promise to be “more flexible” in the second term. Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s new president, hailed Obama’s victory stating that “it would strengthen the friendship between the two countries.” Hamas, the Islamist terror group controlling Gaza issued a statement of congratulation saying, “There is a chance for Obama to change the Israeli-biased American policy and build a new moral one that ends the double standards in dealing with various Middle East issues, and help the Palestinians to regain their rights.”
Obama’s second term would enable him to recognize Hamas as a “partner” in the Palestinian Authority in spite of its rejection of negotiations with the Jewish state and intransigence when it comes to recognizing Israel’s right to exist. In his second term, Obama will likely forge a closer relationship with Muslim Brotherhood groups throughout the Middle East, particularly with Egypt. He will “handle” the Iran issue by essentially allowing the Islamic Republic to reach a point of no return in assembling a nuclear weapon.
The Communist Chinese are also happy with the Obama victory. Romney threatened to be tough on China during the presidential debates, saying, “On day one, I’ll label China a currency manipulator and that will allow me to apply tariffs where they steal our intellectual property and kill jobs.” Hu Jintao, China’s outgoing President, declared that there has been “positive progress” in Sino-U.S. relations over the past four years.
Obama’s electoral victory, regardless of his abysmal record in domestic and foreign affairs, is historical in scope. No other president has ever been reelected with an unemployment record as high as 7.9% (the real unemployment figure is probably higher and does not take into account the under-employed). But then no other previous president was African-American. The PC media ignored his record and failed to vet him during the election campaign of 2008 and again in 2012. Hollywood icons were on hand with their red carpet for the President – their American Idol – while never questioning what it is he actually accomplished that would justify another four year term. Like them, the Norwegian Nobel Peace committee chose to award him with undeserved recognition, conferring the Nobel Peace Prize for doing absolutely nothing to advance the cause of peace.
Obama has been neither a healer of the nation nor a bridge builder, and yet he was reelected to the highest office of the land. But he helped to assuage White guilt. Interestingly, the Democratic Party, which touts itself as being for women’s rights, did not nominate Hillary Clinton for the presidency and chose instead someone far less experienced than she.
A day after the 2012 U.S. elections the Stock Market fell over 300 points reminding many of us that our economy is nearing the fiscal cliff. All indications are that the young college students of today, who flocked to Obama, may very well find themselves dependent on government handouts as lucrative jobs in the private sector continue to disappear. The road ahead for America is bleak indeed, thanks to the PC culture that gave us Obama for four more years.
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