On Tuesday night, the nation re-elected a petty, thin-skinned narcissist who blames his own failures on others and lacks a single clue of how to govern. But more than that, the president is the product of everything our nation has become.
He’s the product of our own sense of dependency, as exhibited by the woman who wailed in superstorm Sandy’s wake, “When will the government bring me food, water and clothing and restore my electricity?”
He’s the product of the selfishness exhibited by the New Jersey utility workers who demanded to see the union cards of their Alabama brethren who simply wanted to drive up and help fellow Americans in need. Long Island welcomed their assistance — but first they had to pay dues into Long Island’s own utility union.
The result of dependency and selfishness is the loss of a moral compass, and the president is the perfect example of this. The nation had an inkling of this through his record as an Illinois senator, but most people never bothered listening and many who did didn’t care.
Americans are quick to forgive most anyone for most anything, so long as one owns up to his misdeeds. That’s a part of that “moral compass” thing.
The fiasco at Benghazi was and continues to be unacceptable, and like the wailing New Yorker, the administration had plenty of advance warning. I can only imagine that the president’s own hubris prevented him from ordering the evacuation of our foreign mission there long before the events of Sept. 11.
Now that the election is over, maybe the truth about Benghazi will surface, but that’s doubtful. The president will more than likely find a scapegoat to take the fall, just as he continues to blame an increasingly eroding economy on his predecessor. Then again, even if he were to come clean, like the tree falling in the empty forest, would anyone actually hear it? The media has gone AWOL.
To be candid, Mitt Romney wasn’t my first choice, but like a new pair of shoes, he eventually wore on me and became both familiar and comfortable. I genuinely came to like the man if for no other reason than he is everything the president is not. Romney also represents everything this country was, and could once again be — competent, moral and industrious.
I used to joke that when I was young, I always thought of myself as a pretty average guy, but as I grew older and saw how others thought about things, I realized I must be some kind of genius.
That was, of course, a joke. But as I watched the returns come in on Tuesday, I realized that I’m at least smarter — a lot smarter — than 51 percent of the electorate.
Ever see that movie “Idiocracy?” We are there, and the inmates are now running the asylum.