The hand-wringing continues. We’re approaching a month since the election, and old and new explanations for Romney’s loss fill the blogs and editorial columns. I won’t list them here, but they range from screwed up GOP ‘get out the vote’ software to deeply philosophical rationalizations…and all points in between.
Conservatives continue to lament the loss, posing and reposing the now familiar ‘how could a president who was such a dismal failure at (you fill in the blank) be reelected?’ It’s a reasonable question for those seeking answers using logic, a basis in fact and, for lack of a better term, a patriotic perspective.
But, almost reluctantly, conservatives are beginning to face up to an emerging reality, one that is both offensive and deeply disturbing: the ‘operating system’ a majority of Americans use in deciding their vote is vastly different than the one we’re used to, and we are having a very difficult time understanding it…and its results.
None of it makes sense to us when viewed through our old operating system; it’s like entering 2 + 2 on our computer, and the answer 5 results. We carefully make sure we are punching in the correct numbers, but up pops 5, again and again. We know we’re accurately doing our part, and we assume the computer is functioning properly…yet we keep getting an answer we instinctively know is incorrect.
After multiple attempts with the same result, we are seemingly faced with two possible conclusions: 1) we’ve lost our minds and aren’t capable of entering the correct input; 2) the damn computer is broken.
But, does a third option exist? I think so. Continuing the analogy, unbeknownst to us, while we weren’t paying attention, some one or some thing altered the computer’s operating system, and, in fact, under the new protocol 2 + 2 now equals 5.
An entirely new operating system has been installed, and we’re having a real tough time.
Consider elements of the new operating system:
• Uninformed voters are now the preferred species; the dumber, the better.
• Third world-like propaganda trumps facts and reasonability.
• Work ethic and personal responsibility are now traits of the minority.
• Government largesse is preferred by the majority.
• Christians and Jews are subjects of ridicule more than admiration.
• Pop culture has more impact on elections than policies and issues.
• Failures of leadership are not only tolerated, they are rewarded.
• Someone earning $250,000 is a ‘millionaire or billionaire.’
• Government intrusions into almost all aspects of one’s life are accepted with little more than a murmur of objection.
• Leaders openly ignore the rule of law; few seem to notice or care.
• The often repeated historical failures of appeasement go unremembered.
• Life, from the unborn, to the sickly, to the elderly, becomes less respected.
• The economic, cultural and political systems that made our country the best and most successful in the history of the world are now proclaimed obsolete, meaningless and, yes, evil.
Yes, 2 plus 2 does equal 5…welcome to America’s new operating system.
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