Obama Wins A Second Term: Now What?
I'm certainly glad the election is finally over. While I have loved politics my entire life, this presidential election has gone on for over three years, including the GOP primaries, and I've had my fill of meaningless slogans and counter-slogans, lies and counter-lies. I had to quit watching political news the last few weeks, as I thought I would become physically sick if I watched any more establishment political "experts" give their required opinions and propaganda bites.
The 2012 presidential election has been like a ballgame hyped and built up over three years. We are programed to cheer and act out our sheep-like roles in partisan politics when, like the game, unless we have money bet on the outcome the actual winner will have absolutely no impact on our lives.
This was destined to be a close, statistically tied election, as get out the vote efforts included repetitive harping on its life-changing importance and the evils of the opposition candidates and party. The bottom line is that voting percentages generate credibility for the failed American political system.
"There's not a dime's worth of difference between the Democrat and Republican parties." George Wallace, 1966 Alabama governor and presidential candidate.
Note it now takes 71 cents to equal the purchasing power of a dime in 1966 – if you believe the false inflation statistics out of Washington. Actually, I could buy a soft drink for a dime in 1966 whereas today it is closer to $1.50. Check house prices even with the pullback or college tuition if you want an accurate inflation estimate.
It is reasonable to expect from Obama's second term more of the same as the first four years. The two main US political parties promote nearly identical policies; nothing will change from earlier Bush and Clinton administration policies. Of course, there will be a burst of optimism from Democrats and the usual rallying cries for everybody to come together to meet the challenges of the moment. This is just the usual garbage fed to the voting public after every presidential election.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but both presidents and the representatives we reelect to Congress only represent the powerful banking and economic interests that control the federal government and use it to further their power elite agenda. Real, productive citizens can only look to their government representatives to solve minor bureaucratic issues on lost checks, eligibility for this program or that or to listen only to their complaints and agenda.
In reality, the Senate and House of Representatives by necessity – except in the case of those few with actual philosophical convictions on the right or the left – only represent and govern based on the financial handouts and doors opened by powerful interests. This is the only way they can be reelected.
Why Romney Lost
Romney lost for two main reasons: First, as he correctly noted during the campaign, 47 percent of American families are dependent on government handouts and they voted for what was in their own best interests. Democracy is mob rule and the 47 percent, although with the best of intentions, are still only a mob out to get what they can from others who have earned or produced the wealth in the private sector.
"There are 47 percent who are with [Obama], who are dependent upon government, who believe they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it." – Mitt Romney
Still, there is a positive outcome with this depressing statistic. First, many government employees and those on the dole understand the problems of bureaucracy far better than Americans in the private sector because they are caught in the government trap themselves. They often have the courage to even vote against their best interests because they see what it has done to them personally.
Every TSA agent and government employee in non-essential services outside of the armed forces, real police and fire protection and real teachers – not the hundreds of thousands of unionized, make-work employees who use the system – are simply parasites.
Second, the GOP leadership antagonized the 10 percent of the Republican Party electorate who supported Ron Paul for President. Of course, the establishment is still deathly scared of the Ron Paul movement and their harsh treatment and the subsequent blowback on November 6 guarantees any discussion here will be verboten and seldom mentioned for obvious reasons. While some voted for Romney, a few – as the returns show – voted third-party and many like me just sat home on election day disgusted at the entire political charade. Romney lost because he needed a majority of this 10 percent to win yet those controlling his campaign simply threw this voting block away because it threatened powerful central banking, neocon and moneyed interests supporting the GOP.
While Romney would have made a better president than Obama in at least his rhetoric, as he pays lip service to conservative Republican values, in reality his neocon controllers would probably have made him a disaster in foreign policy.
And so over the next four years the people will be provoked and buy more guns they will never have the courage to use to defend themselves against an all-powerful government. The GOP will raise more money using faux social issues and an agenda they never really have any interest in standing up for. Obama will be painted as an evil, Muslim-born in God-knows-where socialist when in actuality he has no more power than Romney would have had to restore the America we loved and respected.
The game will go on until the time is up for our nation. In the meantime, austerity measures will dramatically increase, benefits and promises will be lost by the poor and remaining middle class citizens who really need them and taxes will rise, as will the risk of gold and wealth confiscation. Obama will be blamed, just as Romney would have been blamed had he been elected president, for this is how our regulatory/debt democracy works today in the 21st century. A failed system of central bank control leading a failed economy, a failing currency and a controlled system totally divorced from control or limitation by the citizens of America.
The Solution is to Change the Political Structure
The solution is a return to a limited, decentralized confederation form of government like our first legitimate American government, the Articles of Confederation. One that is responsible to the people and ultimately controlled by the voters with the iron-clad political tools of initiative and referendum like exists in Switzerland today, where voters have the right to reject legislation and laws or enact laws outside the power of controlled legislative, judiciary and executive branches of government. Until we return to the Articles of Confederation, America and our liberties are doomed to extinction by the hidden control of international banking and economic elites.
After the election you can expect appeals from "so-called" conservatives or libertarians wanting your hard-earned money to support this or that cause. They will claim time is running out, the next election is the most important in your lifetime, etc. Time is not running out; it ran out long ago, and voting for either party or most candidates is just an exercise in futility supporting the corrupt system that rules over you. We are serfs and mere subjects to a system and few understand or even recognize the control over us.
If you want to be a free people again educate yourself on the Swiss system of government and work for a return to the government for which our patriot founding fathers risked their lives and property, the Articles of Confederation. Supporting anything less is just deceiving ourselves and screwing our posterity. We may deserve the kind of government we have allowed to take over our country but our posterity deserve better.
The GOP Ron Paul for President campaigns in 2008 and 2012 clearly showed how the controlled, two-party system in the United States will allow no real opposition to its approved candidates in either party. You can bet your worthless vote that new Republican Party rules at the 2012 GOP convention and at the state level in the future will control any viable opposition candidates. The only current outlets for alternative political action are in doomed-to-fail third-party activities that are little more than allowed but controlled political opposition.
To restore the original American Republic, we must change the controlled monopoly political system of government that controls and destroys internally or externally all opposition. New candidates or even attempts at party control accomplish little when the same powerful interests control the political structure. We must work to remove the system in place and restore the limited government of our founding fathers, for they had devised a system that would work well today with our ease of transportation and communication.
Remember, our children and grandchildren deserve a better, more prosperous world and nation than we have left them at this point. It is time we as a generation man up for liberty to redeem ourselves in the tear-filled eyes of future generations. The American people must work peacefully to restore the Articles of Confederation now or else suffer the permanent consequences of the fall of America.
Posted by Sarge on 11/08/12 01:05 PM
Thanks very much for your thoughts. I, too, am an admirer of the Articles of Confederation as a model for reform. But I must agree with taxesby... "The PTB will never allow us to take it back peacefully." There's little hope of a peaceful reformation of America, or Europe, for that matter.
No, collapse is all but inevitable. For those of us of the Remnant, that is lovers of liberty and natural law, there are a few actions that can be taken now, however.
Wise words from your correspondents:
"The only way to defeat any evil is to allow it to eat itself from the inside."-mava
"personal protection strategies (both wealth and freedom oriented) are the only way to live free."-Jaque
And to that may I add: Ignore the governments. To the best of our abilities, live our lives as if these horrors didn't exist. Not 100% possible, I admit. But it's a start and if enough of us do it, things will improve for us as they fall apart for the powers that be. Remember Etienne de la Boetie. Don't be a voluntary servant.
And gum up the works whenever we can. Much of the fall of communism in eastern Europe was due to the fact that things just quit working on a day to day basis, because people just didn't cooperate or purposely messed with the system. Remember Edward Abbey and "The Monkey Wrench Gang."
"I may be a fool, but I'm an optimistic fool."
Posted by taxesbyanyothername on 11/07/12 03:52 PM
Amen Ron. Only one point do I disagree on. The PTB will never allow us to take it back peacefully.
Posted by goodrich on 11/07/12 02:14 PM
The 47% are just people who paid no income tax last year. They are not recipients of "handouts". For the nth time, the 47% includes all family owned businesses (such as mine) who paid 15% payroll taxes but did not make enough income, after legal deductions, to owe income tax. Our family owned businesses paid a higher percentage of our income in taxes than Romney paid, and we were not fooled by his diatribe. Why are so many conservative pundits who are otherwise well schooled so blind to this fact?
Here's another "handout" to people who don't pay income taxes: veteran benefits. Do you really think that a war vet considers that a handout? Or that they appreciate hearing this crap from a man who avoided the draft by bicycling through France trying to convert Catholics to Mormons? Or who has five sons who have never served?
My favorite "takers" are the legions of wealthy elderly who pay no income tax on their municipal bond interest income but receive thousands of dollars of Medicare benefits each year. Becausse they pay no income taxes they are part of the 47%, too, but somehow I don't think Romney meant to call them takers. The irony is that of all the people I describe above, they are the only ones who actually receive something they didn't pay for, either through other taxes or in service to the country.
Posted by johnjweaver on 11/07/12 11:37 AM
Ron those are words I wish I could have written. Well said. With more and more articles being written like this, one thing is missing... . HOW do we fight this fight to get back to the AOC type of society. We all can now agree on what needs to be done, I believe we now need sound strategy to begin the fight. Our opponent is formidable yet does have obvious weakness. Action is now needed strategy needs to be discussed. Thanks again
Posted by dotti on 11/07/12 11:24 AM
Re: "The fact is there's never been a golden age on anything except a personal level. Mankind has always screwed itself over for the enjoyment of a minority, it's the way we've been for centuries now. A golden age for a few is awlays simultaneously a miserable time for many more. If you can live with that you're of stronger stuff than me!
"To achieve real and lasting change we have to realise that we're all in this together - for real and as a species - and unless we're all doing our best for each other we'll always be at the risk of tyranny."
I stand corrected.
However, it doesn't make me feel any more optimistic. I don't think pure communism can work with humans being what they are.
I can see a pulling together happening on a small level--in my neighborhood, or community--but I can't see it happening in this nation as it is now. Maybe not with any nation.
I'm not much of a historian, unfortunately, but I think that the Hawaiian Islands prior to European influence attained something like what you're describing.
Norway may be a current example. But I don't think what works there would work here.
I suppose your point was that there has never been a golden age here--or maybe anywhere?
You made me rethink. Thanks.
Posted by dopedog on 11/07/12 10:24 AM
@dotti, thanks for your comment.
Before 1911 you say. I don't think African Americans or native Americans would agree. I doubt that regular down-home dirt-poor white immigrants suffering at the hands of greasy bigshots who simply got their noses in the trough first would agree either.
To lament the fact that Americans as a people are controlled and ignore/forget the control of others in referring to a golden age of freedom is a bit rich and is indicative of the modern western right to entitlement, even on a subconscious level.
The fact is there's never been a golden age on anything except a personal level. Mankind has always screwed itself over for the enjoyment of a minority, it's the way we've been for centuries now. A golden age for a few is awlays simultaneously a miserable time for many more. If you can live with that you're of stronger stuff than me!
To achieve real and lasting change we have to realise that we're all in this together - for real and as a species - and unless we're all doing our best for each other we'll always be at the risk of tyranny.
Posted by Jaque on 11/07/12 10:10 AM
Saludos Senior Holland!
You have summed the situation aptly. As sad as it is, personal protection strategies (both wealth and freedom oriented) are the only way to live free. The masses are ignorant self-destructuive fools, which wouldn't be so bad as long as they didn't encroach on the doers in life, but as history shows us, they are humanities parasites.
Posted by mava on 11/07/12 10:03 AM
There is only one way to defeat communism. It is just too bad that the Americans are not paying attention. You can not defeat evil by fighting, - your arguments simply multiply the madness, and your effort multiply his ruthlessness.
The only way to defeat any evil is to allow it to eat itself from the inside.
Communists, like Obama, are absolutely no different. You don't fight them, you abuse they system they build. You let them crash and overheat, because it is only your resistance that keeps them balanced.
Posted by mava on 11/07/12 10:03 AM
Without Ron Paul, for me, the GP simply has nothing attractive about it. This generation might be not as dim as the previous ones, who allowed the FED, and the MIC.
But no one in the GOP understands this even a little bit. Therefore the GOP is useless as a tool to restore America.
The GOP tried very hard to make me understand that they do not approve of the Ron Paul message.
Well, then, it is not as if I needed a party to tell me what to worry about. No, it's the other way around. I need some party that is willing to get the job done, and I will decide what is important and what is not. That is why there is no reason to vote for GOP.
Secondly, I am glad Obama won. There is this belief that in America "this can not happen", and by "it" I mean communism, despotism, fascism, dictate. LOL. That is why I am enjoying Obama, as he dispels these myths.
Third, I am joyful that Obama won. Because the economy is about to crash. At least this will be forever connected with a failure of communist Obama and the left. (I know, that even if this was the fact, what they will in fact tell the children will be an entire different story. But, just like in divorce, after some growing up, they will still know who did it.) They will still know that the facts were, it wasn't a failure of free market.
Posted by Abu Aardvark on 11/07/12 09:51 AM
"The game will go on until the time is up for our nation"
"Carlo Ponzi, Alias Uncle Sam"
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Posted by dotti on 11/07/12 09:48 AM
re: One thing though - 'restore the America we loved and respected' - when was this and what did it look like? Has not the US always been in the grip of elite interests and lauded conmen just like any dominant nation?
That's a very good question. At the very least one would have to go back to 1911.
Unfortunately, "... the good ones" that you mention are defined by the media and our educational (not) system.
Thanks for your post.
Posted by dotti on 11/07/12 09:45 AM
Ron, I love the way you said what you said. I would have given you a 5-star rating, but, reluctantly I scaled it to 4.5 based on the total futility of the beautiful emotions expressed in your last two paragraphs. I want to be an optimist, but I just can't get there.
This country is lost. Perhaps the world as in terms of the global economy and the push to universal "democracies" which are ruled by technocrats (i.e., bankers).
Our only hope is in the Phoenix: out of the coming collapse, we will rebuild.
Why do I feel so hopeless that we will correct before the collapse? My ideas are not new; I cannot claim vision. But we will not break the hold that is upon us. Whether it is five elite families or an entire banking system, we are being controlled.
There can be no turning in a democracy when the mainstream media and the education system stand ready to discredit those who would oppose the PTB.
We have talked here about how the education system has been perverted at all levels. It is no secret that the MSM is the enemy to those who would be purveyors of Truth. These things came about over a long period of time via allocation of vast funds to promote the liberal view. It has been cloaked in "democracy" and "capitalism", but we know it has evolved into something insiduous--a monstrous system that operates more like a feudal system than a democracy.
We as a culture--probably globally--have passed the point of no return. There will be no manning up for liberty or peaceful return to a less centralized system until... after the collapse. In the meantime, there will be more bread and circuses, except this time it will be MSM and the educational (excuse the misnomer!) system that provide the distractions.
This morning I saw a discussion of what went wrong for the Republicans. The concensus was that they need to do more to attract women, hispanics, blacks, unions, and other special interest groups. They spoke of how conservative views on immigration had lost them votes. What does that mean? Enforcing the immigration laws?
Whatever conservatives give, it will never be enough.
As long as the MSM and education system are filtering--even openly distorting--what we (the general "we", not the DB crowd!) perceive as "news" and "information"--there can be no reform.
Ron, I very much respect your views and particularly admire the way you have expressed those views. I wish I could share your optimism.
Do you really believe we can have a meaningful change without a collapse?
Posted by dopedog on 11/07/12 08:23 AM
Brilliant stuff. Lays it out exactly as it is. We live in an enlightened age where party politics is becoming more and more exposed for the sham it is and people are increasingly questioning the mechanics behind it. Less people are falling for the 'vote for the good ones' crap (i.e. the ones who 'screwed up' least recently) and are either abstaining in disillusionment or starting to seriously consider about the platform underpinning this nonsense.
Might all be too late though when the rate of oppression really cranks up... let's hope not.
One thing though - 'restore the America we loved and respected' - when was this and what did it look like? Has not the US always been in the grip of elite interests and lauded conmen just like any dominant nation?
Posted by Libertarian Jerry on 11/07/12 05:36 AM
Well said Ron.