If my concerns resided in the hands of the RNC my greatest fear for America would be four more years of Obama and his failed policies. It is not. Allow me to illustrate my greatest fear.
In 2007 the state of Nevada had an unemployment rate of 4.2%. In January of 2008 it was 5.4%, January of 2009, 9.6%, January of 2010 it was 13.4%, January of 2011 it was 13.8%, and finally 12.7% in 2012. During that time of the greatest increase the Democrats had the super majority in Congress and Obama in the Oval Office. The state of Nevada reelected Sen. Reid and 50% of Nevadans are supporting President Obama in the polls.
Keeping with the same January trend, let’s look at a couple of other states.
’07 – 6.8%
’08 – 7.1%
’09 – 11.3%
’10 – 13.8%
’11 – 10.9%
’12 – 9%
’07 – 4.9%
’08 – 5.8%
’09 – 9.7%
’10 – 12.3%
’11 – 12.1%
’12 – 11%
Obama is up in both of these states (up big in California). Sadly the left is still successfully selling that 8 years of Bush policies, which had an average unemployment rate during that 8 years of 5% is responsible for the average 8.6% unemployment over the last 4 years.
Of course readers of this blog aren’t naive enough to fall for that or even think that a President can or should take responsibility for economic success or turmoil – after all, we build business. It is much harder for a President or Congress to influence business positively rather than negatively. A friendly environment allows business to create its own successes or turmoil. The best that our fed can do is completely stay out of the business of business and allow them to shape their own fortune. This can result in their success or failure; free market principles 101. On the flip side, an intrusive government can stifle growth and investment through taxation, regulation, and uncertainty.
There’s a bigger issue at stake than jobs though. Like it or not, jobs fall under the least important portion of the unalienable rights triad; “pursuit of happiness”. The other two “life” and “liberty” are superior in nature and are required in order to accomplish the last. The problem is that our pursuit of happiness is not the only thing being attacked in this present crisis – but life and liberty as well.
Life is the most important element in our existence for “self-evident” reasons. Without life, liberty and happiness are moot. Still, that basic right has been stolen from millions of unborn babies over the past 4 decades. They were offered no chance to enjoy the liberty of life or to pursue anything. The vast majority of them were cast off, unwanted by a selfish generation; the same generation that now looks to the youth to be burdened with higher taxes in a less fortunate economic environment to fund their entitlements. If only we had a few million more to help assist or a less parasitic people that didn’t require such great assistance.
Liberty is also being besieged on every front. Government involvement in our lives is so daunting that it is hard to think of where they aren’t. Every bill I pay is taxed by multiple (sometimes unknown) entities, what I consume, what I throw away, what I eat, how I work, what I build, where I build, “my” healthcare, “my” education, “my” transportation; all and more are influenced in some way by government. I am taxed, limited, protected, rejected, enrolled, forced, and discouraged by a body that neither knows nor understands me.
And through all of this and the expansion thereof over the past four years, amidst undeniable failure on the grandest of scales half of the American people are still supporting this President and his ilk. My greatest fear is not four more years of Obama – but an American people that desire four more years of this! That fear is compounded by a synonymous concern; that the people turn things around but have the credit convincingly stolen by politicians. Imagine, for instance, if Obama is reelected and the unemployment rate drops to 6% because we adjust to the new norms. Keynesian economics will take a victory lap in spite of its two lame legs. Conversely, if Romney wins and the economy continues to falter (Even if Romney were to attempt to limit government as a strong libertarian, which he is not, he couldn’t possibly reverse the trends in a short period of time) the Keynesians will arise like Lazarus and declare victory over death.
America’s future is bleak when half of citizens are convinced that a successful and progressive America looks like a modern Greece. What hope have we when we make excuses and deny the abuses of our government in spite of our injuries and blackened eyes? When Burke is replaced with Marx and Americana with Che, how can we keep our identity? When half of us still support this failure, lack the understanding of liberty and capitalism, and want at least four more years of this environment then I’m afraid we have come to a stand still in the battle for America’s conscience.
We cannot measure success by narrow political victories. If Romney wins what have we really won? Half of America is still convinced that the quasi-socialist policies of the left are ideal. When half of the population thinks that way it stifles what any opposition can do, it lessens the range of a pendulum shift and all the while we are no more than a few percentage points away from being right back where we were. America needs a sea change political revival. We cannot simply win an election or two and boast of our past deeds – we need to conquer this rising ideology until it is dead, buried, and forgotten.
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