As Kurt mentions below this is a dark day for America and specifically those who cherish its founding documents and principles and who held out hope that we could one day return to an embrace of these ideals.
Tonight’s GOP debate surely will carry special gravity as perhaps finally we can begin to take the choice the Republicans now have more seriously.
If anything good can come of this tragedy, perhaps it will be an awakening within the party that they alone hold the one chance our Nation has at returning to one of Laws rather than men. This truly is the moment I hope the Republican voters will begin to see the gravity of the choice they will make, and the severe consequences it will have on the future trajectory of our beloved America.
For perspective, when America chose in 2008 to elect a completely unaccomplished socialist Senator who bemoaned the “clingers” he’d have to rule over, telegraphed his plan to “spread the wealth around”, and vowed to “fundamentally transform America” as President, I was, to put it mildly, disappointed.
At the time, surely, I considered, after having endured Barack Obama’s world for a term, American’s would see their way in four years.
And sure enough, in those four years, divisiveness grew, race relations deteriorated, the economy never grew (and slowed in fact), while unemployment increased along with the debt and deficit, the most comprehensive socialization of a major sector of our economy was overtaken by the federal government on a strictly party-line vote with no input even from the opposition—a program put into place that utterly failed at every turn and never once was above water in public opinion, public opinion by the way that also held at the time of the 2012 election not only Obama below water but also had a +13 wrong-track leaning as far as where our country was headed.
The stimulus failed. The bank bailouts didn’t stem the risks. The auto bailouts were failing. Healthcare.gov was failing. The ACA itself was making healthcare more expensive. We’d just had the our first ambassador murdered in three decades. Solyndra. The deficit. Fast and Furious. The VA. I could go on, and believe me, in 2012, I did. We all did.
Government itself seemed to be failing… forget for a moment (if you can) how much broader and expansive was Barack Obama’s vision of what the Federal Government should do. Hell, his administration was failing at doing even what we considered government should do.
So there’s this guy who “saved the Salt Lake City Olympics.” That’s a helluva turn-around story and quite a feather in his cap. But that’s not just this one time where a former governor knocked it out of the park. No, this is a true turn-around artist… whose JOB IT IS to fix shit. And he’s been an ENORMOUS success in that… AS A CAREER! Yes, no shit. This isn’t a guy who took a failing company and turned it around successfully. This isn’t a guy who did that a few times. This is a guy who consistently and for many years did that every day after breakfast. How often does a country so deeply stuck in the mud of incompetence and break-down get the chance to have a guy with a pedigree like that to run its Executive Branch?
Opportunity missed, America. Whiff, big-time.
I basically punched out about then. I so lost faith in a Nation that succumbed not just to the Obama hackery and class (and race) envy and divisiveness the first time when he at least seemed some sort of patina of specialness about him, but also having seen how bad he was passed up on a guy with a proven track record of fixing shit for the same chump who had so royally effed everything up in the first place.
Fool America once, and it’s a huge facepalm. Go back to that well and we’re in abused wife territory, seriously.
Anyway, all this came to mind with Scalia’s death today and the fact that Republicans seem ready to send a man forth with their banner who has at best a thumbless grasp of the basics of the Constitutional foundations of our Nation and at worst (and often-times a demonstrative) an active disdain for such formalities.
Here’s a somber prediction: Whomever the Republicans nominate will beat Hillary Clinton this fall. Yes, I’m saying it now. I wince to consider that it may be Donald Trump.
Here’s a guarded hope: Now with the death of Antonin Scalia, Republican voters will consider the type of Supreme Court Justices (of which there will likely be two or perhaps even three, Scalia notwithstanding to be replaced in the next four years) the GOP contenders may nominate.
If that sort of weighty consideration still doesn’t convince GOP voters (y’know, the members of this Nation’s “conservative party“) to put forth someone who respects the Constitution, maybe I’m done altogether… Because hope, simply put, is lost.
– Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)