It has sure been a depressing seven days for me and my fellow conservatives, and I fear it will be the beginning of a depressing four years for our country.
Isn't it amazing what $650 million can buy? It can buy you the presidency of the United States. It can take a man with no executive experience, questionable associations (Ayers, Wright, Rezco, et al.) and no accomplishments of any significance and make him the most powerful man in the free world.
The money can trick people into voting for a person with the most liberal voting record in the Senate, a man who chooses the third-most liberal for a vice president. A person who promises bipartisanship but has reached across the aisle only once, when he co-sponsored a bill with Republican Sen. Richard Lugar that eventually failed.
In contrast, John McCain pledged to accept public financing and had "only" $280 million to spend. How can you not win when you can more than double the spending of your opponent? I hope people will remember how both candidates pledged to accept public financing, and only one acted honorably and kept his promise.
What can we now expect? How about a reduced and weakened military; terrorism flourishing; higher taxes, reducing productivity, job creation and wealth-building; diminished quality of health care through a national health care program; and no nuclear, clean coal, or on/offshore drilling initiatives.
Want more? How about three new radical Supreme Court nominations and a government with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the most-liberal senator, Barack Obama. How about a president who thinks the U.S. Constitution is flawed and who thinks the Supreme Court didn't go far enough in not considering the issue of wealth distribution.
Depressed yet? I haven't even mentioned the $1 trillion of proposed new spending, which represents a one-third increase in the size of our present government. Oh, I forgot, "change" is going to pay for these new programs.
I think I better stop with the list now before it gets to be too much to take. I will say that 57 million voters got it right, and the future will prove just that. It's sad that our country will have to go through so much hardship before we can get it right again. But Ronald Reagan righted a worse predicament that our country was in with the bumbling Jimmy Carter, and that's what we now have, another Jimmy Carter.
How about Obama's ridiculous proposal to redistribute the wealth? I wanted to see the reaction of my students when I told them that the next exam would be graded a little differently. I said I would be taking points from the high achievers, the ones who worked hard and prepared properly and give these points to the lower-achieving students so that we would have a fairer redistribution and a kinder class. You can guess how that idea went over. But how is that different from Obama's proposal? I want to make it perfectly clear that I don't bring politics into the classroom, but the students who came early to class wanted to know my feelings about the election. They, too, saw the depressed state I was in.
But yes, Barack, you won the election and deserve to be supported as long as your path is in alignment with mine. I will not compromise my principles just to get along. Your flowery speeches won't count; it will be your actions that resonate. I think you are soon going to feel the tremendous burden that has been placed on your shoulders. You can't vote present; you can't run away from difficult votes (which you have a history of doing); and you are going to have to deal with some very evil people that only want to harm us and destroy our way of life. In other words, you will have to grow up very quickly.
What are we conservatives to do in the meantime? We have to start right now and choose leaders who have true conservative principles and don't compromise values just to get more votes. We have recently seen the results of that strategy. Polls show the country still has a large majority of conservative-leaning individuals who want a leader who doesn't compromise.
Reagan swept his elections, one of which resulted in a 49-state victory, and Newt Gingrich took control of the House with his "Contract with America," promoting pure conservative values. We have to find those individuals now instead of waiting until the next election. And yes, control of the Senate and the House is just as important, if not more important, as the presidency. Let's not give up quite yet.
Tom Sears is a professor of accounting at Hartwick College in Oneonta. He can be reached at SearsT@hartwick.edu. His column appears every other week.