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And Neither We Shall Have

Last night I crawled into bed with my little girl, wrapped my arms tightly around her and wept for hours while she slept.

I wept for the loss of a country that was once the envy of the world—a republic that stood for freedom, opportunity, justice, and individual rights protected by the rule of law—its fearless and indivisible people known for their fierce individualism, exceptionalism, unwavering patriotism, and pride in their nation.

I wept for the degradation of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution, the greatest documents ever written, and the brilliant men who drafted them in attempts to secure our liberties by the rule of law. It was this rule of law that was the foundation for our republic, which became the greatest, most advanced nation the world has ever known, simply because government was limited and men were free.

I wept for the dreams and hopes of immigrants who risked their lives to escape the evils of communism and totalitarianism around the globe for the promise of freedom and opportunity in America. They are among the minority who truly understand the impact and future implications of yesterday’s election.

I wept for the heroes in uniform who bravely fought and died so that we could enjoy the liberties that have been the envy of every thinking man around the world, but that we have lazily come to take for granted. Thousands of these heroes’ voices were (purposely, in my opinion) silenced in this election.

I wept for the incredible betrayal of the tiny yet great nation of Israel that has always been the only beacon of hope for the most loathed, scapegoated, discriminated against, tortured, and enslaved people in the history of the world—and that stands at the front of the battle against the Islamist assault on the West. Abandoned by the United States and left adrift amidst an ocean of enemies seeking its ultimate destruction, Israel may not survive the greatest threat it has ever faced, an unchecked nuclear Iran and a consequent united caliphate that will sweep the Middle East and threaten the entire world.

I wept in fear that my daughter will never know the freedoms and opportunities that were the resolute mission of my parents when they arrived in America, the promised land, with one suitcase between the three of us.

I wept because, in Reagan’s words, I will likely spend my “sunset years telling [my child] and [my child's] children what it was once like in the United States where men were free,” because “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction” and that it was my generation that did not “fight for it, protect it or hand it down to our children to do the same.”

Whether you realize it or not, accept it or don’t, the American dream is no more. My parents’ efforts to escape socialism so that my daughter and I could live in freedom were in vain. Socialism and all of its inherent evils and vices followed us, and it is now being forced upon us here in America, the nation that was the last hope of the free world. There is nowhere left to go.

Just after the signing of the Constitution, a woman asked Benjamin Franklin what they had created. “A Republic,” Franklin answered, “if you can keep it.” Not only have we failed to “keep it,” but most Americans don’t even understand the meaning of the word.

As we have moved further away from the principles of the Constitution and its protections of individual rights through its rule of law, we settled into being a simple democracy, a system our Founding Fathers strived to avoid. They knew that a democracy is an inherently faulty political model, aimed not at protecting individual liberty, but at establishing unlimited majority rule. Further, history has shown us that democracies always self-destruct when the non-productive majority realizes that it can vote itself handouts from the productive minority. Over time this productive minority gets smaller, and this inevitably leads to chaos when there isn’t enough production to fund the socialist programs promised to the “entitled” majority. Ultimately the democracy collapses and is followed by dictatorship.

Yesterday was a historic day. It marked the turning of the tide in America. After four abysmal years of lack of leadership and failed policies, instead of a landslide, Reaganesque victory for Romney, America failed to self-correct. This can only mean one thing: The landscape has changed. There are officially more of them than there are of us. I recognize that this was inevitable, but, admittedly, it came far sooner than I had anticipated. No one could have convinced me of yesterday’s outcome, but, nevertheless, here we are.

Prepare yourselves. It is true that the rich will be poorer, but the poor will be poorer too. Everyone will be worse off, jobs will be scarcer, our political freedoms will be fewer, freedom of speech will be further curbed, the Internet will be regulated, your whereabouts will be monitored, healthcare will be rationed.

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve nether liberty nor safety,” warned Benjamin Franklin.

And neither we shall have.

[Editor's note: This article is more depressing than we usually publish on TOS Blog, and it doesn't include our usual call to some sort of positive action; but given the mood of the day, and given how beautifully this is written (albeit about an ugly situation), I made an exception. My advice: Read it, commiserate as necessary—and, then, let's all redouble our efforts to educate the thinking people of the world about the moral and philosophic foundations of freedom and prosperity. Failure is simply not an option. —Craig Biddle]

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Comments are welcome so long as they are civil.
  • Shea Colton Levy

    If you believe America is lost because of actions Obama will take in the next 4 years, I suppose we shall just have to wait and see.

    But if you believe America is lost because people voted for Obama over him, please consider that not everyone who voted for Obama did so because they liked his lack of leadership and failed policies, but because they believed Romney would be worse. Now, perhaps those people were wrong, but they are not necessarily evil or hopeless or a mooching entitled majority. Believing that Romney would have been far better than Obama does not mean that everyone who voted for Obama is evil.

  • Tracy Cobbs

    To borrow a phrase from Ayn Rand, “it’s earlier than you think.” Here’s a quote from her essay “Don’t Let It Go” which I hope is still applicable to today’s America: “A dictatorship cannot take hold in America today. This country, as yet, cannot
    be ruled—but it can explode. It can blow up into the helpless rage and blind
    violence of a civil war. It cannot be cowed into submission, passivity,
    malevolence, resignation. It cannot be “pushed around.” Defiance, not
    obedience, is the American’s answer to overbearing authority. The nation that
    ran an underground railroad to help human beings escape from slavery, or began
    drinking on principle in the face of Prohibition, will not say “Yes, sir,” to
    the enforcers of ration coupons and cereal prices. Not yet.”

    My advice, based on the above quote: Don’t be cowed, but don’t explode either. Be defiant, and above all, be principled!

  • Shea Colton Levy

    A clarification based on a comment elsewhere: I don’t even believe that everyone who voted for him because they actually liked him (as opposed to voting for him because Romney was worse) is evil. I realize my comment could be taken to imply otherwise.

  • Louis Levesque

    Although some of us may be realizing that this is the case now, we were railroaded as a country a long time ago. It began in earnest in the 1960s with the liberalization over time of the colleges and media – which is lock-step with Marx and the Soviets on taking a country over from within. This election and this nation were lost a long time ago, never to return. The real question now is how long and how much before anyone feels pushed to the point that they explode and react with violence. Frankly, it didn’t matter last night *which* of the Big Two had won, because the results are inevitable and they are the same. One guy might have slightly slowed the descent, but that is the very best we could have hoped for. It’s disheartening and discouraging to know that people who think like us are a minority and “there are officially more of them than there are of us” – but this has been the case for a long, long time. So, ask yourself – “What will it take before I push back with the inevitable results? Will I push back? Will I resist knowing it can only end in failure?”

  • Michael

    I fully relate to and agree with this article. I have no tears and my heart is just as heavy.
    I am an immigrant to came to America inspired by the writings of Thomas
    Jefferson. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would live to
    see the day when what he created would be destroyed.

  • Terry Schaub

    “educate the thinking people of the world about the moral and philosophic foundations of freedom and prosperity”

    This is difficult. The intelligent people have already made up their minds one way or the other. Changing their minds is almost impossible. Educating the intelligent young is the most hopeful but the left has been better at it and they are entrenched in the public education system. Give me hope!!!

  • Eli Hardof

    I am reminded of a very simple but true saying…”there’s never enough time to do it right, but there is always enough time to do it over”. Don’t fret my dear Victoria, America’s greatness is not diminished, just detoured. We can waste a lot of time wrenching our hands and pulling out our hair(fortunately mine’s gone already) but today I am more energized than the last four years because for the last four years I sat in stasis just trying to ride out Obama and his misguided vision of/for America. The bright note is that we only have to put up with him for another four years and we can get a lot done together to regain the senate in 2014. Of more consequence is the defeat of Congressman Allen West, he was my hope for 2016 in the event Obama got re-elected, I pray he decides to stay in politics. In the mean time stick to your values…no retreat, no surrender!

  • Jorge Contreras

    I definitely understand the feeling behind what the author said, but for anyone who ever feels like this I would suggest reading Kipling’s poem If— that always helps me whenever I feel depress about the culture

  • Steven Moros

    I’m sorry for the US that Obama has won the election; however, I still have “faith” (metaphorically speaking) that rational Americans will reclaim the political landscape from the forces that seek to destroy its freedoms.

  • Sergio Calderon

    Victoria expresses my sentiments exactly. Her essay is beautifully written, profound, and captures (in my estimation) the very essence of the moment we live today.

    It is true that it is not “Obama” who brought this country, this noble experiment, to its knees. The process began probably before the new nation was forged, and several characters contributed and accelerated its decay, but with Obama’s reelection we have reached the point of no return.

    It’s not that I am completely without confidence that the human race will eventually prevail: it will. But not now, and not here.

    By the way, Craig Biddle, who is Victoria Malin Gregory? My best regards to her.

    Sergio Calderon

    Miami, Florida

  • Anonymous

    Here was my first reaction to the election (posted on a Yahoo board):

    ‘Well, it seems America voted for national suicide yesterday. “Hunker down and protect your assets” is the phrase of the day for anyone with assets left to protect. I hope I live to see the day when my fellow citizens once again value freedom more than (the illusion of) government-provided security.’

    A day later, I have picked myself up off the floor and considered that (1) even today there are not enough nihilists and moochers in the country to account for the Obama vote, and (2) some Republicans are now doing some soul searching which we can use to their and our benefit.
    Between the railing at mainstream media bias, at flawed polls, and at dishonest campaign ads, it is rare that Republicans ask themselves whether there may be something wrong with what they themselves are selling. Having just been slapped in the face by losing with decent, scandal-free candidates against a flawed, incompetent president, some of them seem to be reflecting on this. We may have a window of opportunity where Republicans are open to the answers that we can provide. Then we get a more secular, pro-freedom Republican party; the Republicans get more victories.

    For example:

    Romney didn’t adequately respond to the attacks on Bain Capital? Here’s a moral defense of capitalism and businessmen for you.

    The abortion issue was a killer? Let’s leave it off the platform. And if you’re not a religious zealot, here’s a moral defense of abortion for you. (I have no illusion that we can change Republican anti-abortionists to pro-abortionists, but perhaps we can at least get them to take the issue off the table and shut up about it when politicking.)

    We’re losing support from Hispanics? Here’s a moral defense of a liberal immigration policy, and some practical arguments for why immigration helps us.

    Ayn Rand liked to say, “It’s earlier than you think.” Unfortunately, this election proves she is still correct. However, when I think of the positions Romney could have taken that would have gotten him more votes, the ones that come to mind are pro-freedom ones.

  • Michael

    Or maybe it wasn’t a landslide for Romney because Americans sense that Romney isn’t the answer, either. Maybe people are waiting for the real answer, and it’s up to us to get it out there, against the efforts of the intellectuals and the media and Hollywood to destroy the message.

  • Anonymous

    yeah because why should we listen to people who are smart.

  • Anonymous

    This post is not very good. It’s preface is ridiculous. Calm down people the world is not over. First of all “those 4 years of abysmal policies” saved us from a depression. Obama entered with the economy being at its lowest levels since the Great Depression, and yet he still managed to keep unemployment at 8%, while Europe many of whom have tried austerity are at 12%. Also on another note, there is no such thing as the American Dream. Do you realize how much discrimination immigrants faced when they first entered America? Or how much of the violence of the Holocaust could have been averted if the US would have let the Jews in. But wait they didnt. Dont go on blathering about how the US constitution was the greatest document ever, do you realize that in the beginning if you weren’t a white male you had no say in the government? That includes African Americans and women. Please read up on your history before you go crying about you have lost all of your rights, because this post is just plain terrible and it angers me that someone would post something this ignorant.

  • David Elmore

    Your words, Victoria, reflect my own immediate feelings that I had late Tuesday evening — along with an even more avowed dedication to end the unbridled takeover of America in my lifetime.

    This “takeover” began, as Ayn Rand pointed out, more than 200 years ago with the most thorough attempt in history of the refutation of reason, by Immanuel Kant.

    Kant was an anti-enlightenment troll who strung together rationalist mottlings stating that duty to others was moral, that we are born with an inner morality, that the real world wasn’t really real, that obedience was good, that humans were corrupt and therefore properly subject to government, that the human mind was incapable of certainty, etc.

    He was the antithesis of our optimistic, mostly rational, enlightenment Founders. And he is now winning, with his intellectual virus finally metastisizing in the last bastion of reason and liberty.

    Kant’s writings led to Marx and Hegel and their fellow band of brutes. Europe fell first, once the professors and hoi polloi absorbed Kant’s evasive vomit.

    Because America was the Enlightenment’s only true child, it took much longer — but, as Rand said, many of us still have that liberty vintage coursing through our blood. Give me liberty or give me death. Indeed!

    As the CEO of my company, I gave my executive staff the day off yesterday paid, along with myself, so we could each personally regroup, re-assess, re-dedicate and re-affirm what we know to be right after an emotional (as you eloquently state it, Victoria) election that is, unfortunately a touchstone in our nation’s history.

    Fortunately, though, we rational, liberty-loving, hard-ass Objectivists have Ayn Rand on our side, and we are on her side. We know who our enemy is. We know WHAT our enemy is. We will win. Now is as good a time as any to begin the long, satisfying fight, so that all of us wonderful people can enjoy our liberties, our work and our friendships.

  • Roark

    The only thing you proved with your above rant is that you are good at context dropping.

  • Daniel Miller

    I encourage everyone here to start thinking dialectically. There is no such thing as an individual without a group. There is no such thing as freedom without its counterpart–necessity. Your freedom is supplied to you by your emancipation from necessity. It is not an otherworldly ideal. Chasing ideals as if they were real creates false consciousness–it’s crazy–which is probably why you feel like you’re losing your mind. Finance capital, the engine that drives the modern industrial capitalist model, arose with the Atlantic slave trade. The bodies of black people from Africa were used for hundreds of years to create wealth for Europeans, which created the banks and insurance companies, and thereby gave rise to the delusion of being able to think strictly in terms of the individual. If you want to lament the possible degradation of that luxury, that is up to you, but know that what you are really lamenting is the possibility of losing the people you exploit in order to have the good life. There were slaves; now there are wage-slaves–people who work harder then you ever will who will never succeed. These are Romney’s 47%. If you actually believe that poor people are just lazy or stupid or willfully negligent of themselves and their families, then you are probably under the same bigoted spell that Romney was when he made that comment. What you are engaged in here, really, is an illusion as to how an economy runs, as if it were merely an issue of meeting the needs of supply and demand in an ideal realm. I don’t understand how Obama as president changes any of what I just said except that poor people are now under a government blanket for health care instead of being a write-off for hospitals, women might actually make an equal wage to their male counterparts, and that gay people might finally be left alone someday to live their lives as full human beings. I am happy Obama won–I believe he was a lesser of two evils. But I doubt Obama is like me, I doubt he despises people who have no problem putting their foots on people’s necks, Romney being one. You all think he is something special for being worth $250 million; I know there is no possible way for a human being to labor in a lifetime to create that kind of wealth–it is created by the bodies of people he never knew, would never meet, and certainly didn’t care about.

  • David Elmore

    Mr. Miller has just provided personification to my comments (below) on Kant. He lives and breathes. For that, I am thankful. And, with the fear of putting my “foots” in my mouth, I think the best reply to Mr. Miller comes from my dialectical hero behind the counter at a local sub shop: “Man, you be trippin’.”

  • amusetales

    Again, someone is repeating the nonsense we were told lately: Obama didn’t “entered the economy at its lowest levels” he created that economy being a Senator and voting for all the horrible things that brought the economy down. You still don’t understand anything. He will continue to blame Bush the next four years as well – he will never admit that it’s him who does everything wrong way. Before both houses became Democratic, the economy was doing well. Four years of Democrat’s doctrine destroyed everything. And we don’t have to go back 60some years to blame the government for Holocaust or 200 years to blame the government for some kind of discrimination. Different times creates different actions. I’d love to see how would you do in 2016 and whom would you blame for the mess we’re going to have then.

  • amusetales

    That’s the one horror that Obama created: jealousy toward successful people who, through hard work, ideas, understanding of how economy works became successful. Obama, as Mr. Miller, would never understand that – they never created anything in their lives. The best and ONLY way for poor people to become successful is to start working and educating themselves. Being “under a government blanket” would’t make them self-reliable and therefore, happy. Government doesn’t make anything. Government doesn’t have money – it takes it from us, the taxpayers. Obamacare would make everyone desperate – old people would be denied help (as it was in the Soviet Union – people after 60 didn’t get any medical help and were dying the horrible death), everyone would be waiting for doctor’s appointment for months and hospitals would become a nightmare. Equal pay for woman is a myth. I’m a women and never was paid less than my male coworkers. But I worked the same hours they did. And the gay people wouldn’t be happier or safer – most of the American don’t like watching their pride parades and prefer keeping sexual activities behind close doors. You, Mr. Miller, are an uneducated, brainwashed person without any understanding of the reality. And I suggest you take off your rosy glasses and start seeing things they way they are, not the way you believe they should be. Because you believe in fairytale that should stay in the children’s books.

  • amusetales

    If the”intellectuals”, media and Hollywood in your mind are the people who are smart, I’m sorry for you.

  • Anonymous

    I can only leave you with this because there is no arguing with you. Intellectual is of or relating to intellect or it use. Intellect is the power of knowing as distinguished from the power to feel and to will : the capacity for knowledge.

  • Daniel Miller

    You are most certainly right: I live and breath. And I know enough to know what you need to convince yourself of to run your company correctly. And I know the black kid who serves you food would probably convince himself of the same if given the opportunity. I doubt he’ll be able to create that opportunity for himself stuck in a sub shop, but maybe he’ll be lucky enough not to encounter many other people who would all but explicitly state that he is inferior due being black and working in a sub shop.

  • Daniel Miller

    I really don’t know why I bother to respond here, but you really have things terribly wrong. The economy began collapsing during the final months of the 2008 campaign. Do you not remember McCain trying to calm everyone by saying “the fundamentals of the economy are sound” in June or July? By the end of the year it was a total catastrophe. No one really disputes this. The best you can claim is that Obama’s approach didn’t produce results fast enough. But, really, even that is flimsy given the size of the recession and what we can glean as normal from other recessions in history.

  • Daniel Miller

    From my experience here, I think your point may be falling on deaf ears. Everyone here works with ideals. Not much room left over for history.

  • Diane

    Your daughter will still have the right to have an abortion if raped by a criminal or marry her lover if she winds up being gay though – Ayn Rand would have denounced the republicans in this election in the time it would have taken her to blink

  • Dan B

    If you actually wept as much as you claim over a right-of-center moderate losing to a left-of-center moderate in a presidential election, I suggest you speak with a psychiatrist.

  • Dan B

    So go back home. That’s what your GOP would have wanted.

  • Dan B

    Nice close, quoting Bruce Springsteen. You do know his politics, right?

  • David Elmore

    I flipped burgers full time at a Jack-In-The-Box my last two years of high school. I sacked groceries the entire summer between high school and college. I worked construction and installed A/C ducts in 110-degree attics in Texas while getting my college degree. I made the second highest grades in a Shakespeare class in college. The guy who made the top grades was an immigrant from Nigeria who’d only been in America for five years. He was getting his mechanical engineering degree while working a full time job. I spent 13 years as a journalist at major newspapers around the country. I ran my own real estate company for nine years before my current CEO position. At all of the jobs above, I worked alongside blacks, whites, Asians, Hispanics, Middle Easterners, and some of them were my bosses. There is no getting “stuck” in a job in America unless you STICK yourself. Because of so-called Affirmative Action and other irrational regulations, businesses are begging for qualified “people of color.” I know this also because I’ve experienced it for two decades. But liberals and so-called black leaders have been preaching victimhood and handouts since the execrable LBJ, and many black people have bought into this instead of the pride of working. Obsessive enablers such as yourself do them no favors by preaching race-based, skin-color-based mumbo jumbo. Oh, and did I mention I cleaned toilets while going through college, too? I cleaned them well. I took pride in it. I wasn’t inferior to CEOs or others then, and I’m not superior to those working “lesser” jobs now, including the Hispanic crew who speedily hauls off my garbage once a week. Pride in work has nothing to do with position in a company. It has everything to do with a person’s intent to do the job to the best of his/her ability and enjoying the job. Pride has no color.

  • Dan B

    Interesting that a company with, what, a couple of dozen folks, selling air freshener and soap has a CEO. You aren’t even large enough to be impacted by Obamacare to have to offer access to health insurance, are you?

    And the “enemy” is what? Nonwhite people? Immigrants? Women?

    You obviously know absolutely nothing about Kant. His influence on the Founding Fathers of America cannot be understated. It was central to the Bill of Rights. Read his work before you open your mouth.

    You Objectivists are really something else. Ayn Rand was a hack sci-fi writer and a demagogue. More importantly, she accepted Social Security and Medicare payments under a fake name to hide from her sycophants the fact that she was every bit as willing to accept help from the government as the people she criticized for doing the same. Total fraud.

  • Dan B

    What forces would those be? The majority of Americans that decided that Romney did not offer a viable plan to solve the economic situation? Or those that felt the current GOP platform threatens to limit the individual liberties of women?

  • Dan B

    So…you are suggesting re-education camps and objectivist propaganda to twist young minds to your political opinions?

  • Dan B

    Excellent post.

  • Anonymous

    Reminder: “Comments are welcome so long as they are civil.” Ad hominem attacks do not qualify.

  • Anonymous

    I see 4 reasons for Obama’s victory:

    1. His followers accept his ideology and Robin Hood philosophy; the dangers of such have fallen on their complacent ears.

    2. The fantastically biased Media.

    3. The minorities strong desire to retain a black Pres.

    4. The weaknesses of his opposition – already well noted.

    Only (4) can and must change.

    So Craig, there is sufficient reason to be so pessimistic. Only proper education and a President with a true American vision can recapture our “dream.”

  • TomM

    If I could purge my election feelings from my mind and unto paper it would look exactly as you have
    printed. Thank You.
    Now remember this, you and your daughter are still
    Americans and Americans do not quit. So just put your “used to be” stories on hold.
    Other than the next Revolution there are 2 important things we need. We need believers of America, its Constitution, and its Declaration of Independence to get involved in media and public schools educating our children. With your talent for writing it seems you would be a great candidate for either.
    You’ve cried now fight.

    I once wrote that
    “We must protect our constitution for [our
    soldiers] from within while they are protecting it for us from afar.
    If we continue to sit idle and let these politicians circumvent theconstitution with regulation after regulation then there is no reason for our heroes to even be serving.”

    In closing, I understand your feelings and I also feel we
    failed to protect our Constitution from within our own borders this election, but I am not willing to talk defeat of this, The Single Greatest Nation. You and I are not alone and along with the others we will preserve our children’s
    future liberties. We may have to tell our children why we came so close to losing our Republic, but we will not have to tell them why we lost it. Even if it means a repeat of April 19th, 1775.

    Good luck, Stand tall, & Keepfighting,

    Proudly, your fellow American,

    Tom Maerling

  • jayeldee

    “Yesterday was a historic day. It marked the turning of the tide in America.”

    NO. The “tide” to which this statement alludes is, I take it, one of a specifically political character. But THAT tide–the one that mattered–”turned” long, LONG ago. I cite three buoys that bobbed to the surface, obvious to everyone even without a ’scope, marking that political tide, long before most of us were even born:

    1) The Federal income tax was established–granting the American government the right to confiscate private property–in 1861.

    2) Most of the country’s formal educational apparatus was ceded to local and state governments, and “formal education” was made compulsory–granting the American government substantial control over the minds of most of the populace–by 1910.

    3) And the Federal Reserve System was established–granting the American government substantial control over America’s entire economy–in 1913.

    In the wake of those three buoys alone–which have been left quite free to float, ever since–I find it incredible that anyone can be shocked or suddenly distressed over the political floodwaters that have engulfed this country to varying degrees, ever since–including this latest miniflood.

    …. I also find it incredible that a country can coast as long as this one has, amongst those awful buoys, without sinking once and for all. (It’s Capitalism, down in the hold, still chugging … somehow–on the remnants of its fuel. Powerful engine, that.)

  • jayeldee

    PS And note the course taken, in this voyage of subjugation: First, the American government laid claim to the bodies of the populace (that is, to their material sustenance); next, the American government laid claim to the minds of the populace (that is, to their spiritual sustenance); and finally, it undertook to manipulate and control whatever pieces of the populace that were left, on the chessboard of the national economy.

    In the face of that total subjugation–which has gone effectively uncontested by most of its victims, right down to the current day–is there any reason on Earth for anyone in this country to expect any better present than we have?! (Hint: There isn’t.)

  • Terry Taylor Bird

    Thank you for publishing this – it gives voice to what so many of us feel and fuels us to work through our loss and and strive to rebuild what we have lost.

  • Anonymous

    Nonsense, Diane. She would have treated this election the same way she did the 1972 Nixon-McGovern election. Her position would have been the same as Craig Biddle’s. The office U.S. president has nothing to do with gay marriage. That issue is mainly decided by the states and the courts. (The federal leslation known as DOMA would be dead in the courts no matter who is president.) And any proposal to force women who have been raped to carry the resultant pregnancy to term would have died in Committee no matter which party holds power in Congress.
    So, you failed to vote Romney/Ryan, did you? I want you to remember that when Obama replaces each of the two or three retiring Supreme Court Justices in his second term. You can kiss goodbye to freedom of speech for businessmen and any one else who would dare express opinions deemed “hate speech” by your local “human rights” commission. (Currently, freedom of speech is being held in place by a 5-4 Supreme Court majority.)

  • Pete Masterson

    Actually, the seeds of the economic disaster began with the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913. Then the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 played a big role — especially after Clinton and Bush 43 increased focus on the U.S. being a “(home) ownership nation.” Toss in interference in the banking system by the SEC and FDIC and then add the machinations of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and you end up with a financial base economic meltdown. Stir with a touch of Keynesian stupidity (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 — better known as the stimulus act) and you end up with a “recovery” that is the worst following every recession since The Great Depression (another government manufactured economic disaster). Obama’s policies have and continue to cause a stagnant economy and his latest intent to increase taxes on “the rich” will probably tip the economy back into recession.

  • Pete Masterson

    You left out the 17th Amendment (another progressive idea) that changed the Senate election to being a direct vote of “the people.” This was a final nail in the coffin of state sovereignty, turning them into instruments of the Federal government.

  • Pete Masterson

    Some 3 million evangelical Christian voters apparently stayed home. There were many “social conservatives” who felt that Romney was “too liberal.” Unfortunately, this particular segment of voters has fallen into an attitude of “my guy or no vote” — which doesn’t bode well for the future.

    Another 3 million Ron Paul supporters either stayed home or voted for Gary Johnson (who received about 1 million votes). The Ron Paul supporters were a self-imposed error due to the terrible treatment they received at the Republican National Convention. Ron Paul should have had his name placed in nomination and he should have been given a featured speaking spot at the convention. It would have not changed the outcome as Romney had the nomination sewed up — and it would have made his many young and enthusiastic supporters likely to be energized to help in the campaign. It might have even drawn a few Democratic votes among the few that still have a lick of common sense.

    Either of these groups, had they voted for Romney would have overcome the popular vote advantage of Obama. Together, they would have made Romney a clear winner.

    Of course, too, there are many “Monday Morning Quarterback” critiques of the Romney campaign, but these two factors should not have happened.

  • jayeldee

    I left out a raft–an all-engulfing deluge–of other corrupt legislation, deliberately. I wanted only to highlight what I consider to be the Big Three, which established the necessary preconditions for full-fledged totalitarianism. All that’s left, now, is the control of speech. Once that’s fully accomplished–and it’s being worked on–we’re finished. Then, only physical force will remain, as the final resort (for those who wish to survive).

  • jayeldee

    “She [Rand] would have treated this election the same way she did the 1972 Nixon-McGovern election.”

    That’s very much arguable. Nixon was not in any way beholden to “the Religious Right”; indeed, there WAS no such “Right” politically active at the time–not until Reagan (which figure, as you might recall, she abhorred). In this connection, I know that some have argued that Romney “isn’t religious.” That, too, is very, VERY arguable, if not patently untrue; he claims to be (and surely seems to be), after all, a “devout” Mormon: what is that, if not “religious?” And certainly the Republican party itself has been quite thoroughly corrupted by Christianity. Electing one of their number to the highest executive office would only encourage them. I’m glad they are now thoroughly discouraged: their “soul searching” and subsequent “reform” might be what saves us, in the end. (Although I rather doubt it; they are all too obtuse, and steeped in Christian dogma. I think they are hopeless.)

  • pamsweeney

    Your complete lack of knowledge about anything that ever was is quite apparent. The fact that you are allowed to type is the greatest failure. Sit down and read a newspaper and shut the hell up.

  • jayeldee

    Oh, dear. Pamsweeney, I share your viewpoint of this “contribution”–but I fear your comment won’t long survive, here; a bit brusque, wouldn’t you say? … And with its deletion, my quibble with the photo that illustrates it, up there, may go, too: I mean, is that graphic supposed to depict a mother and her own little darling? If so, the former must have birthed the latter at around, I would say, the age of 12.

  • Rhonda Stevenson

    Dear Shea, If you would have listened to Romney and really researched it you would have realized that he was not evil, however by the same token if you would have researched Obama and his ties to George Soros, Bill Ayers, etc etc, you would have found and realized his agenda for socialism. He didn’t even hide that fact. I cannot agree with you at all. Romney truly wanted to restore America. Obama will destroy it unless the people rise up. For all of you who voted for Obama-it is personal responsibility-you voted for America’s destruction.

  • JC

    what a bunch a crying wailing crapload of nonsense. Get a friggin grip on yourself……if you dont like it ….hit the road. OR get to a psychiatrist and at least pay someone to listen to your BS

  • John Pryce

    I agree with what Bill Whittle said on the subject, that Romney may well have been the most morally upstanding presidential candidate that we have had in a hundred years or more.
    That said, ‘RomneyCare’. Romney was unwilling or unable to stand up and defend his own life and the principles he lived by (except one time, in his response to “you didn’t build that”. That was the only time I ever saw any fire in his eyes).
    I’d rather have an enemy I understand than an ally I can’t trust.

  • John Pryce

    I worked full time at my family’s horse ranch anytime I wasn’t at school starting at age 15. It’s a tiny ranch, and I worked 9 hours a day, 6 days a week (starting at 6am) for 10 years here. I literally shoveled shit every single morning for 10 years (I only got out of it on my birthday or the few times I was out of town). I started work at $5/hr.
    After that, I started work as a rodman for a surveying/engineering firm’s field crew. If you don’t know, surveying field work in Florida is half spent on the highway, and the other half in the swamp. It’s difficult, demanding, dirty and dangerous work. For this job I earned $10/hr without benefits.
    After 6 months I finished my degree (a surveying license in Florida requires a degree), but they weren’t promoting anyone at the time, so I stayed to get more field experience.
    After 15 months I left that job and went to work as an instrument operator at a different surveying firm. The work is a little bit easier, and I got a 50% raise and benefits (and a shorter commute), but as often as not I’m still on the highway or in the swamp.
    The crew I work with now has a Hispanic rodman and a black Trinidadian crew chief. They are some of the best men I’ve ever worked with. I’ve worked in hip-deep swamp water right alongside blacks, Hispanics, gays, even ex-cons. They’ve been my crew chiefs (read: supervisors) too, sometimes in dangerous conditions.

    [Note to TOS Editors: Please pardon my language, but right here I think it's valid. Even if your policy would normally require deleting this, I'm asking you to make an exception.]

    So when you tell me that you think I look down on a black kid for working in a sub shop, the only words I have are:
    “Fuck you, fuck the whore that birthed you, fuck the john that sired you, fuck the teacher who filled your mind with that bullshit, and fuck the horse you rode in on.”

    The only truth you have spoken is that you – yes, YOU – look down on the black kid for working in a sub shop, or for being black. No self-respecting capitalist would ever have anything but respect for someone who works to benefit himself, no matter how “lowly” others may perceive his work.

  • John Pryce

    Sure. But the term “intellectual” refers not to smart people but to people who make a living peddling ideas. This isn’t a bad thing as such; the problem is that huge numbers of intellectuals (correctly) perceive an expanded role for themselves in a more socialist setting, so they engage in what amounts to a decentralized conspiracy of intellectual dishonesty in pursuit of this.
    Thomas Sowell is an intellectual; Ayn Rand was one, as was von Mises, Adam Smith, Frederic Bastiat, and many others that we on the capitalist side admire. It’s not intellect we despise; it’s Leftists pretending to be smart.