I feel fine! Let’s talk social media and politics, and stuff, shall we? Skip this post if you don’t have the stomach for such things the day after.
When I woke up this morning, my (mostly conservative-leaning) Facebook and Twitter streams were absolutely choked with Bible verses about the sovereignty of God, along with the requisite sappy images of beaches and sunrises with Psalms of comfort inscribed upon them. I hadn’t checked the news yet, but I knew that could only mean one thing: Barack Obama is going to be golfer-in-chief for four more years. Nobody breaks out the “Sovereign God” binky after a conservative win. If social media is any indication, conservatives are trying manfully, if not terribly gracefully, to re-stiffen those upper lips after a long night of crying.
A few days ago, a dear friend of mine (again on Facebook), called for us all to pray for a conservative victory, to which I replied:
And so, this morning, my prayers have been answered. The Lord’s will has been done. It always is. (Almost seems like cheating, just praying for the Lord’s will to be done instead of getting specific with requests, doesn’t it? Anyhow..)
Though it won’t seem like it for quite some time, my friend’s prayer has been answered also. This is a positive thing for conservatism. Stay with me for a moment. I’m not crazy. I’m not even a conservative, strictly speaking (I’m way farther right than that), so I have little emotional need to soften this particular political defeat. I really do believe that another four years of Barack Obama is exactly what needed to happen to this country.
Dan Phillips, who is a great deal of fun to read and interact with, whether on Facebook, Twitter, or his blog, is one upset fellow right now. Yesterday, I had the honor of having him call me foolish and naïve for refusing to vote for either of the two presidential candidates.
Oh, yes, and “absurd”. Almost forgot that one.
Of course, I wasn’t doing anything “in the hopes that it won’t have any effect”, but we’ll let the mischaracterization of what I actually want slide for a while. I don’t mind it too much.
When somebody I respect, who teaches me new things daily, says things like that to me, it gives me pause. Dan is a lot smarter than I am, and he has been around the game board a few more times, as well (not that he’s old, or anything, just older). So of course, I spent a lot of time thinking about that. I nearly burnt my meatloaf, it bothered me so much. I finally concluded that Dan needs to lay off the energy drinks for a while. He is way too quick with the assumptions. At least he called me “dear sister”.
Dan foolishly and naively believes that electing Mitt Romney would have saved this country from the economic and social nightmare that surely awaits us as a result of the last
four ok, thirty years of governance. The problem with that, as I see it, is twofold.
First of all, Mitt Romney has never done a single thing to indicate that he even understands what this country’s problem is, let alone that he knows how to reverse it. (Hint: It has a lot less to do with taxes and petroleum than with first principles, of which Mitt Romney appears to have precious few.)
Secondly, our current president’s largest accomplishment in the past four years, Obamacare, is a time-bomb, set to go off only after his first term is complete. The healthcare bomb is loaded with all kinds of shrapnel, from taxes to rationing to religious persecution, and Obama and the Democrats delayed all of that on purpose, because Obama–and the rest of the democrats–wanted to get re-elected, and there are a lot of things in there that the American people are going to absolutely hate.
Romney was supposed by his supporters to be in favor of diffusing the bomb. I don’t believe he would have ever attempted to do more than repeal the portion of the bill that requires employers to buy insurance policies that include reproductive “care” of the kind that discourages reproduction. Even that seemed unlikely to me. I don’t have a crystal ball, of course, but I suspect that, had Mitt Romney won, we’d be looking at four years of centrist government with a thin veneer of fake conservatism on the surface. And when the healthcare bomb goes off and takes down what’s left of our teetering economy with it, because we have a “ severely conservative” president, we now have a media that is quite happy to report that those cold-hearted conservatives have screwed up the economy again.
So the reason this is a victory for conservatives (unfortunately, not so much for liberty), can be summed up in one word:
As I said during the “foolish and naïve” conversation:
And so, here we are. Our country is in a pathetic and detestable state, both economically and socially, and it is going to get worse. I’m not happy about that, and I have, in the past, wanted desperately to believe that a vote for Republicans was an actual solution. I have no doubt that some of Romney’s policies could have temporarily eased the pain (which is going to be considerable), but it would have been, at best, a slowing of America’s decline. With Obama at the helm least honest observers will be under no illusions as to what caused it. (I say nothing of those who will die with socialism as their faith. They will have their “strong delusion” no matter what.)
Like my Facebook and Twitter friends, I’m rejoicing in the sovereignty of God this morning. I hope they can forgive me for not seeing politics in quite the same light that they do. After all, at the end of the day, our work is not to elect leaders. As I’ve said before, our leaders don’t change us, they reflect us. So our work is to spread the gospel, live the gospel, and love our neighbors into doing the same. That is where effective change comes from.
And now, you who still believe that a President Romney would have been a good thing for the country may let me have it in the comments. I’m totally prepared for that.