Just days after a dismal job creation report showed that only 54,000 jobs were created in May (up to half of which were at McDonalds), President Obama said in a recent radio address that we all need to be patient with the economic recovery. While I can understand why he would want us to do so, I’m afraid I’m simply not up to the task. It would be easier of course, if I had some reason to believe his policies stood a chance of making things better, but that simply is not the case. During the 2008 presidential election, many conservatives warned that his proposals would lead to job losses, massive debt, high inflation, higher energy prices, and higher taxes. Sadly the majority of American voters failed to heed our warnings, and we are now all suffering the inevitable effects of Obamanomics.
Although this is a classic “see-I-told-you-so” moment, there is no joy in making such a pronouncement. While it is usually gratifying to see your predictions proven to be accurate, the fact is that millions of Americans are suffering because he proved us right. In this case, it would feel better if the current economic boom forced me to eat crow.
Patience on our part would certainly help Obama’s chances at re-election, but it will do nothing to help the chances of an economic recovery. The policies he has put into place were destined to create the kind of economic mess we are currently experiencing. Since he has shown absolutely no inclination to admit that his policies are wrong, nor do I expect that he ever will. That being the case, patience will do nothing more than give him time (he hopes for another four years) to drive the economy even deeper into the hole. Indeed, one has to wonder how bad things would be now if not for the 2010 election.
For many years it has been too easy to play the ‘ignorance is bliss’ game with presidential politics. It has always amazed me how so many people take pride in not paying attention to the political world. It is if they think ignoring one of their most solemn responsibilities somehow makes them better than the rest of us. Freedom comes at a very high cost, and those of us who are blessed enough to be free have a duty to protect it.
I remember hearing a lady make the statement that she was going to vote for Bill Clinton for President because he was better looking than Bush, “…and we need a good looking man in the White House”. The sad truth is that she was very serious, and those around her agreed. Such immature, shallow thinking is not uncommon.
Another think I hear people say is that they “vote for the man, not for the party”. On the surface this sounds good and noble; but in the end you get the party when you get the ‘man’. It does take some effort to understand what ‘the man’ stands for, and how that relates to the party with which he chooses to associate himself, but that effort is well worth it. It the ‘man’ has chosen to affiliate himself with a party that wants to raise taxes and take away your freedom, it is reasonable to believe the ‘man’ shares the same goals.
The 2012 election will be one of the most important in modern history. The outcome may well determine whether our country continues to exist as a free nation, or if it will slide into European style socialism. We cannot afford to ignore what is going on around us and choose the leader of the free world based on his looks, oratory skills, or other immaterial standards. We must be familiar with the issues and find out where the candidates stand. As Horace Mann said, “A different world cannot be built by indifferent people”. In order to preserve freedom, we have to care about freedom. If we do not, I am afraid we will learn that Ronald Reagan was right when he said “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction”.