Free it up and let it work
By Chris Clancy
At some point I'm going to switch off my mobile, hang a "do not disturb" sign outside my door, and then hole up in front of my TV with a few crates of beer. I want to watch election 2012 unfold in peace and solitude.
In terms of what's at stake there's been nothing to match it in living memory - or even beyond.
Over the course of the last eighteen months I've followed it closely – and wrote a few articles along the way.
In the very first article I said there was nothing new in this election - that there was little difference between the two parties. As time passed and the GOP debates got under way, it became clear I couldn't have been more wrong. Two very different ideologies, with two very different visions for the future, were going up against each other – head to head.
And what a refreshing change it has been. A real contest with some real emotion.
Throughout, the liberal media has done its best to put a positive spin on what has been an absolute disaster and even now persist in the fantasy that this is a close election.
Recently the Washington Post (10/25/2012) came out in favour of Obama:
This is taking spin to a new level.
Who had the gall to write such nonsense? Even worse, who had the gall to approve it? Are four years of no leadership and a bankrupt economy to be simply ignored – to be emptied down some kind of memory hole? Is there to be no accountability whatsoever for what has transpired?
I can only wonder if the editorial team at the Washington Post really believe what they actually said? It flies in the face of reason – of common sense – of even some modicome of respect for the intelligence of their own readers?
There can only be one answer to both of the questions they ask – "Anyone but Obama!"
And yet they put their support behind him?
Walter Williams was less than impressed with their endorsement, "The suggestion appears to be that a president is not to be held accountable to his promises and past record and that his past record is no indication of his future behavior. Possibly, the Washington Post people believe that a black president shouldn't be held accountable to his record and campaign promises."
Only an African-American is permitted to say or even hint at something like this. Had a white person said such a thing the race hustlers etc. would have had a field day.
In fact, there would have been hell to pay! Such is the power of playing the race card.
It's what put Obama in the White House. It's what has allowed him and his ivory tower idiots to inflict so much damage - both at home and abroad on America and its people - it's what has protected his administration in a way no other before could have dreamt of.
Dare anyone criticise or complain and the charge of "racism" or "racist" was always there to be spat out – and still is.
But human nature, being what it is, will only give a free pass for so long.
In the end, it's about money and it's about the economy. It's about having a decent standard of living and a future for your kids. For the average voter, whatever his colour, race or creed, Obama has provided little or no hope of something better to come on these fronts.
Amongst those who supported him in 2008, I suspect there are a significant number who now feel the country is going in the wrong direction.
When it comes right down to it, what most people care about are real day-to-day issues – and not grandiose visions of some kind of socialist futureworld – an idea which is totally alien to Americans anyway.
Would the average American, or anyone else for that matter, recognize or even want a world where equality of opportunity is replaced by equality of outcome? Like a race where everyone has to cross the finishing line at the same time – every time? A mythical land where there are no winners and no losers? A world where the notion of risk and reward no longer exists?
The whole concept is an absurdity!
And trying to make it happen will tear any society apart – as Obama and his crew are demonstrating – and of which history is replete with examples.
Obama performed one great service – he broke the hoodo of a non-white getting into the White House. That done he can now leave and take his half-baked ideas with him – he's done enough damage.
America is a resource-rich country brimming with talent.
Free it up, leave it alone, and allow the damn thing to work!
Chris Clancy lived in China for seven years. Most of this time was spent as associate professor of financial accounting at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan City, Hubei Province. He now lives in Thailand where he spends his time reading, writing, lecturing and, whenever he gets the chance, doing his level best to spread Austrian economics.