Turning from Principles - the 2012 Election

From the New York Times November 6, 2012 article, Obama Wins New Term as Electoral Advantage Holds:

"Barack Hussein Obama was re-elected president of the United States on Tuesday, overcoming powerful economic headwinds, a lock-step resistance to his agenda by Republicans in Congress and an unprecedented torrent of advertising as a divided nation voted to give him more time...

In defeating Mitt Romney, the president carried Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, New Hampshire, Virginia and Wisconsin, a near sweep of the battleground states, and was holding a narrow advantage in Florida...

But he will be venturing back into a Congressional environment similar to that of his first term, with the Senate under the control of Democrats and the House under the control of Republicans...

The top issue on the minds of voters was the economy, according to interviews, with three-quarters saying that economic conditions were not good or poor. But only 3 in 10 said things were getting worse, and 4 in 10 said the economy was improving...

Early exit poll results showed Latinos representing about 1 in 10 voters nationwide, and voting for Mr. Obama in greater numbers than four years ago, making a difference in several states, including Colorado and Florida."

There are those who are concerned about Obama taking America to a more European socialist style of government, as expressed in this Examiner article, Today America wins or dies:

"If Obama is elected, however, we all lose. For his goal, 'Forward' means forward to socialism - or actually, to be completely honest, but not politically correct, communism. And unlike much of what else he says, he means it."

Others warn about Obama's continuing infringement on civil liberties - see: Obama and Civil Liberties: The Prospect of Four More Years.

A winning strategy contributed to Obama's win, while Romney backpedaled on serious issues like immigration.  From the Mother Jones article: Obama Beats Back the Right-Wing Tide:

"Not since FDR had an incumbent commander in chief won reelection with unemployment so high. But after Obama's party took a drubbing in the 2010 congressional elections, the president concocted a strategy for retaining the White House. In the weeks after that election, he told his aides and advisers that they needed to turn the 2012 contest into a battle of values and visions-no matter whom the Republicans would nominate. The reelection fight, he and his aides believed, had to be transformed from a conventional referendum on the guy in office and his handling of the economy to a stark choice between Obama's aims and those of the GOP standard bearer...

And Romney, once he became the de facto GOP nominee, reinforced Obama's narrative. He repeatedly described the election as a face-off between two alternative paths-claiming that Obama was intent on leading the nation into the wasteland of a European socialistic, secular, government-centric society, and insisting that he, a lover of freedom, would guide the country into an age of dynamism, self-reliance, and economic growth spurred by freedom-loving entrepreneurs operating within free markets in a business environment free of burdensome taxes and annoying regulations...

Following the convention, Romney did pivot to the center. Actually, it was closer to a reckless U-turn on a crowded highway at 60 miles per hour. After the release of his 47-percent rant reinforced the criticism he was an out-of-touch plutocrat who cared little for those who cannot afford dressage horses or health care, Romney quickly moved to sand down the rough edges of the hard-right stances on immigration, abortion, and gay rights he had peddled vigorously to win the nomination during the wild and wacky GOP primary contest."


We will continue for another four years under the reign of a President who has already enacted the "Dream Scheme amnesty" via executive fiat. (See the article, Obama-Romney: Where They Stand on Immigration.) As he will not be facing reelection, it can be anticipated that we will see even more blatant efforts to thwart the rule of the law in order to bring in more illegal aliens... more Undocumented Democrats.

As is clearly evident, politics as usual is ill equipped to deal with long-term crises, such as 30 years of unbridled illegal immigration which is driving United States population to double within the lifetimes of children born today.

Americans reelected Obama for his economic policies as opposed to Romney, whose policies represented the potential for unknown results in an already devastated economy. Yet the American people overwhelmingly want immigration laws enforced. They want American jobs to go to Americans.

One might ask what the outcome would have been had Romney simply said, "I will strongly enforce all laws against illegal immigration, both on our border and within the United States." Of course, such a statement would have alienated him from corporate sponsors who demand an unending supply of docile, cheap, foreign workers.  And of course, more consumers to replace the aging baby boomers.

Today's America is a different America. This four minute video Presidents of the United States morphed in sequence is amazing to watch.  Yet it can not but leave one disheartened to realize how far we have turned from the principles upon which our nation was founded.