Over the past few days, I’ve been watching conservatives have a collective meltdown over President Obama’s re-election. Some of that is the usual disappointment (and associated finger pointing) that goes with losing any election, particularly one this important. It didn’t help that the polls showed it to be closer than it turned out to be, and some – now shown to be badly in error – showed you ahead. That part is what’s expected, it happens after every election. But that’s not the problem. The real meltdown is based around a bunch of assumption, lies, misreadings, conspiracy theories, all of which are not based on reality.
In reading them, one would think that conservatives haven’t been around for the past four years. In fact, that they’ve been off the planet. I’ve seen people crying about “America is gone,” wondering when communism is going to be instituted, guns taken away, sharia law implemented, and everyone will be dependent on the government. Some have promised to move elsewhere.
All of which bears very little relation to anything the President has done in the past 4 years, and plans to do in the next 4. Let’s see reality. In 2008, we elected a slightly left-of-center candidate. He said very clearly what he wanted to do, and he’s been doing it all along. In fact, he’s had a record of success. The “bailout of the car companies” that was so reviled? It made a profit, and the companies in question are booming. Bailing out the big banks? Well, that was the previous administration that started that, but he managed to get almost all the money back – when various “experts” said it couldn’t be done. He cut your taxes, he’s revamping regulations, making the government smaller, and wants to balance the budget. If he were a Republican, you’d have been singing his praises.
What about healthcare? It’s been on the agenda of every President for a long time. We spend more on it than any other country in the world, and we get less for that. Seriously. We aren’t even in the top 10 in many categories. So he passed a law which is a step in getting those costs under control. You might want to note that every other country various “conservatives” are talking about moving to happen to have a national health plan.
Another reality check as well: The President is a Christian, he was born in the US, and he has no plans to put people in re-education camps, take away their guns, or any of the other things that he’s been accused of by various conservative groups. But… but… people will now want “stuff!” from the government. Yes, and he wants to deliver it. Roads, good schools, a modern electrical grid, high-speed internet, energy independence, good jobs created by private industry, a clean environment, and a sustainable social safety net.
The people who voted for him want that, and if you don’t, well, then you live in a fantasy world. Reality just knocked on the door, and you really should open it. You’re still freaking out? Get a grip.