How could it have happened? As the election returns pointed to a likely Barack Obama victory, my husband and I struggled to comprehend it. How could our fellow Americans re-elect a president whose every policy has made our country worse? Trillion-dollar deficits, weakness abroad, apologizing for America instead of promoting our ideals, class warfare, racial demagoguery, trampling religious liberty, Obamacare, pandering to women ... the list goes on and on.
The sad truth is our country has fundamentally changed in the past few decades. Gone are the days of, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." Too many people are dependent on a government, either through the welfare system or because of government jobs. How many government employees vote for the candidate promising to reduce the size and spending of government? Go to the suburbs of Washington, D.C., and you'd never know we were in the midst of an economic downturn. Is anyone surprised that those counties overwhelmingly voted for Mr. Obama?
People look to "government" as the solution to myriad problems. Local governments want more money from the "state"; state governments want more money from the "feds." Does anyone remember that the money all comes from the same place -- us? How can people think that sending our money through more and more layers of government bureaucracy will help anything?
As dangerous as Mr. Obama's plans for our country are, the scariest part of this election is that we have an electorate that is so far removed from our founding that they would vote to re-elect him. For the first time, I am terrified of what the future holds for my children.