Jay Maynard (jmaynard) wrote,
Jay Maynard

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It's just a lurch to the left

There's been a lot of cheering from lots of folks that we're at the dawn of a new era for America, and that things will get better now that we've got the enlightened leadership of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid to take our government down a new path.

For the sake of the country, I hope they're right about things getting better.

I believe that will be a forlorn hope. I think we're about to see the biggest lurch to the left this country's ever taken. We're going to "tax the rich, feed the poor, till there are no rich no more", all through the "major redistributive change" Barack Obama thinks we need. We're going to see the same broken economic policies that caused the current economic crisis - the ones rammed through by the Left that forced banks to make mortgage loans to people who were not even close to being credit-worthy - drag us deeper into the morass we're in now. We're going to enact "commonsense gun controls" that will gut the Second Amendment. We'll see the attacks on the First Amendment that Obama supported during the campaign made into law, through a reintroduction of the so-called Fairness Doctrine. We're going to hear crowing from the liberal media the likes of which they only dreamed of, as their ability to hornswoggle the American people is demonstrated to the world. We're going to hand over control of our foreign policy to other countries that do not share our interests. We're going to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq, and enable terrorists and dictators the world over to run unchecked. We're going to handicap our military by destroying its will to fight and its belief that it has the support of the American people.

Personally, I'm certain I'll be unemployed inside of a year, as the tax increases Obama has promised destroy the ability of small business such as the one I work for to make money.

I'm mildly heartened that we appear not to have a filibuster-proof Senate. Al Franken is down 725 votes out of 2.9 million cast. There will be a recount, as Minnesota law requires one for any election where the margin of victory is less than 0.5%. There are left-leaning Republicans, to be sure, and Joe Lieberman is a wild card who's about to be severely punished for going against the Democrats who spurned him two years ago. I'm not hopeful that the Senate will be able to do more than stop the worst excesses of the Left, but that's a better prospect than one a filibuster-proof Senate would have handed us.

The one bright spot here is that, after four years of the most inexperienced, left-wing president we've elected in the last century, there's a real hope that the American people will, once and for all, see just how destructive the policies of the Left are and, as the Europeans they love to emulate so much are doing now, reject them for all time.

I just hope we survive to see it.

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