A MENAGERIE OF THOUGHTS

Now that the election’s behind us we know that the net ideology of the voting public has changed. The pundits tell us it’s a demographic shift, and they are probably right. To me it was truly astonishing that more than half the country’s electorate looks at the same abysmal economic performance and is convinced that no change in leadership is needed. Considering Romney’s clearly superior credentials in the area we’re most in dire need of fixing—the economy—it surprised me even more.

In speaking to my liberal friends (yes, I do have them) they paint a picture of a Republican party that is frighteningly Neanderthal with respect to social issues. That belief, in association with a woeful lack of understanding of the seriousness of the economy’s failings (in my opinion) led them to reenlist Obama. But I believe that another, less cerebral motivation brought many others to the polls—the addiction to government handouts. I don’t think that the majority that reelected the once and future president are laggards; there are now just enough to move us from a net center-right to a center-left nation. The old saw about democracy being two wolves and a sheep meeting to decide what’s for dinner is coming to pass.

The term democracy has been bandied about so much that people forget we’re supposed to be a democratic republic. It was not our Founding Fathers’ intention to create a democracy—they recognized that democracy slowly morphs into socialism which, history has taught us (or has tried to), slowly morphs into nonexistence. Producers will only work harder for non-producers for a finite period.

Most liberals are neither lazy nor of evil intent, just as most conservatives are not really heartless Neanderthal money-mongers. And now the left has another four years of a standard-bearer who will continue to make promises and raise taxes in an earnest but ineffectual quest to “give everyone a fair chance.” But the land of opportunity wasn’t built on a foundation of equality of outcome, only equality of opportunity.

I hope we don’t strangle the goose lays the golden egg in a noose of good intentions.

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2 Responses to “A MENAGERIE OF THOUGHTS”

  1. Invisible Mikey Says:

    Yeah, many people were surprised the election turned out to be not just about the economy. There’s a lot more ways to define being “better off” than just having more money. I was quite pleased people seemed to be able to examine Romney’s CV and understand that he hadn’t actually created jobs – he just bought companies and “flipped” them, like speculators do with fixer-upper houses. Not anything close to a hands-on businessman.

    I like slow growth myself. Easier to manage the unexpected consequences. I think we’re in for four years of it. I enjoyed reading this article. Thanks, doctor.

    • heartheaded Says:

      Bain Capital didn’t just flip companies; some it was able to save. And if you like slow growth, you’re going to be ecstatic with the negative growth I fear is around the corner. Thanks for reading.

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