Yesterday, I was very quiet. In the wake of the election, instead of complaining I just sat quietly - working and thinking. A friend at work asked me if I was okay. I said, "Sure. I am just sad." He consoled me as best he could, saying, "Look, everyone thinks the world will end when their candidate loses." Now part of that sentiment is true. But my disposition seemed different this time than even 4 years ago when Obama was first ushered into the Oval Office. So, I gave that some thought and came to a harsh truth (I think) about my beloved country.
I am not a huge fan of Bill "I am a tall man" O'Reilly. I can't barely stomach him in fact. I put him in a class of Conservative pundits people accuse me of watching/listening to even though I decidedly do not. These include Hannity, Rush and O'Reilly. Yet, as the results rolled in O'Reilly spoke very clearly about his take on the election results – it was a damning, albeit true, thesis regarding how the Electorate has changed.
I don't have time to dig up the transcript right now, but his message was along the lines of the following:
The Electorate has hit the point where enough people are on the dole and slaves of the Statists that the American Electorate has changed. That Kennedy's famous lines about "…what you can do for your country" ring hollow for 50% of the country.
Anyone who's bothered to read my crap in the past can attest I am a fairly-Conservative dude. Okay. I am very Conservative. And what Bill O was saying was not something no one else has said. It isn't anything all of us who post here haven't said. But for some reason, in that moment… knowing the election was lost… hearing O'Reilly say what we all know to be true… really hit me. And it made me very sad.
Like I said, I was upset when Oblowme got into office the first time around. But this time is different. I am not so much upset as sad. Sad because I feel like the country I love is gone. Dead.
Of course the country lives on and will continue living on for some time. It is the Country of my Mind's Eye that is truly dead. The country I love. It is dead.
When I was a child, we were still proud of our political forefathers. Proud of our American Heritage. We were still proud and defensive about the Truths upon which this great country was founded. And when I say "we," I mean We. A majorty of Americans still believed in things like Honor, Love of Country, Service, Charity, God, Providence… No longer is this so.
This is why I am sad.
It is different this time.
Half of the people I pass on the street are takers. Half of them are in it for themselves. Entirely. Half of them really do believe the Government is their savior.
A friend told me he was going to vote for the candidate who would best defend his own personal interests. And by interests, he meant comforts… lifestyle.
How silly of me to have, for all of these years, thought my responsibility extended beyond me personally. How quaint and naive I was to think there were things larger than me. How ignorant of me to worry about my great-grandchildren who've yet to be conceived. How stupid of me to have felt some responsibility to preserve this great gift, given to me through no merit of my own… America.
My Dad says the Sixties taught America that if enough people broke the Law, Authority was powerless to stop it.
So, I guess I congratulate Obama and his faithful soldiers.
Today I may sign up for food assistance. Why should my family suffer for such silly ideals as self-reliance?