“We have an expression in prize fighting: Everyone has a plan until they’ve been hit. Well my friend, you’ve just been hit. The getting up is up to you.” Ghost and the Darkness (1996); Michael Douglas’ character, hunter Charles Remington, to Val Kilmer’s character, Col. John Patterson
There is no disputing that we conservative Americans took one on the chin last night. Our fond expectations of a Romney landslide victory went up like so much smoke. The best man did not win; but in the real world of adults, that sometimes happens.
Today, we must put aside our despair along with those hopes we nurtured; and get on with life.
The Republic will survive, as will we. Life moves on. History will be written and events will unfold as they will, and we will deal with these as they come.
What we cannot do is give up. We must never give up. Instead, we must adapt to the new realities this election laid out; we must overcome the barriers thrown up, and ultimately we must work for future victories.
I’m going to take a shower, cook a good meal, and start again tomorrow. For there is always another tomorrow.
This from a good friend of mine. He is a self-described “centrist”; who had great doubts about supporting either candidate. In the end, I think he made the right decision; and for the right reasons, as described below.
THE VOICE OF A CENTRIST: WHY I VOTED FOR ROMNEY by Brian Hider, Sand Diego, California
When I vote for an elected official I look at the main themes of their platform, their history, and how their leadership meshes with the needs of the nation. In 2008, I voted for Obama because I believed he could be a great spokesmen for the United States. Someone who could reinvigorate our foreign policy and give credibility back to the main function of the executive branch. I also believed that Obama appeared quite rational and willing to work across party lines to address the darkest days of our most recent economic depression. I detest voting for a party, and try to be as informed and comprehensive about who I vote for as possible.
Some of you may be shocked, but I voted for Romney in this last election. Why? As much as I sympathize with Obama’s intent to bring in the next Great Society, the hard reality of America’s fiscal situation should scare, or terrify, most people my age who expect to live in these United States for the foreseeable future. Whether you want to admit it or not, Obama simply does not have the political will to address the 7,000 lb. elephant in the room which threatens to bankrupt our country – entitlements. Social Security, Medical, Medicaid, pension this, pension that, and indefinite unemployment extensions to name a few are going to turn this country into Greece in the next 4-8 years if nothing is done NOW. This is not hyperbole, this is reality. The deficit and the fiscal solvency of the United States is the singularly most important issue facing our country. I felt the best President to address the entitlement problem was Romney as Obama has shown 0 interest in the last 4 years of reforming entitlements and I doubt he will do so for his 2nd term. Entitlements are simply too intertwined with Democratic interests for such reform to be palatable. I also doubt Obama is willing to engage in another tough, risky, and difficult task after expending so much political capital trying to push through his faulty health care plan. Would Romney have put on the work gloves and made strides to fix our debt crisis? Perhaps, perhaps not, but I have little confidence Obama will even touch the issue for another 4 years. This makes me extremely concerned.
The 2nd most important issue that is closely tied to the first is economic vitality. Whether people want to admit it or not, corporations are the driving force behind this nation’s quality of life. A strong business and industry sector equals prosperity. Nearly every business owner or article I have read on President Obama complains that he fails to understand that world. In his last 4 years, Obama has provided contradictory policy guidance for our country’s businesses which has made them extremely reluctant to invest. Businesses need policy consistency, and Obama has not furnished this kind of environment for corporations. Secondly, Obama needs to realize that in order to be competitive with foreign nations, he is going to have to compromise on some of his environmental positions. I am an environmentalist; I love this country’s wilderness. But a President needs to balance his environmental positions with the needs of his nation.
Is (was) Romney a perfect candidate? Certainly not; I despise his position on wanting to cut funding for Planned Parenthood and PBS. And his affiliation with the extremist Tea Party is worrisome. But I had more confidence in his ability to make the tough calls on the biggest threats to our country’s prosperity. I am nervous about the future. Hopefully Obama will be the pragmatist I voted for in 2008 and be willing to focus all of his efforts on the economy and our debt in his 2nd term.
Great social initiatives mean nothing if your economy can’t support them.