Blame the weather. Blame "global warming." Blame hurricane "Sandy." Perhaps, Washington DC has run out of hot air for a moment. Perhaps, they're just taking a breath to spew some more. But tonight, and for the last 24 hours, my flag has been limp. It was flyng high when I voted. It was flying high when the MSM reported that 59% of Tennesseans voted against the incumbent.
I think it fell limp when CBS called Ohio for Obama. I could dissect how that could have been fraud, or could have been attained, but more than Ohio would have had to gone against him to vote him out of office. They called it way too early, and hours later they were reporting it was within 10,000 votes of going the other way. Like a great number of those that pushed the button against the incumbent, I am not a supporter of the opponent. It's not that I dislike Romney, but that he rarely gave me a reason to actually support him.
And therein lies the problem: Romney did very little to convince Troops and Veterans that he was the better choice. Like many, I can tell you ten to a hundred reasons to oppose the guy re-elected, but I can point to less than a dozen times that his opponent said he'd reverse those policies. Perhaps, had he campaigned on the issues important to those that do or have fought for Freedom, instead of taking for granted they would vote for him, the results would have been different. Reports indicate the military vote was below normal, and that even that, was undercounted. Some have claimed that enough military votes went uncounted to change the election results. I don't have the energy to even look into the claims.
The fact is that if Americans understood and believed in the Constitution, if they paid attention to what politicians are actually doing, instead of Hollywood gossip, we would never have arrived at this point. The fact is that the largest area of America voted against this, and the Founders did not intend for any small portion of America to control the rest. And a look at how Congressional Districts voted demonstrates that a few pockets of mostly urban areas are overruling the will of Americans.
There are two ways to resolve this: a divorce, or a return to the Constitution. See, the Constitution actually provides for both sides to get what they want, but it doesn't allow for the Federal government to do it. The Constitution allows for California, New York, and Taxachusetts to tax their rich to their hearts' content, and to coddle their lazy, while allowing Tennesseans, Texans, and Floridians to maintain their Freedom. The Founders foresaw that citydwellers of New York would have different demands of government than would the Farmers of Georgia. That's why they established the State Governments as the governments of domestic governance and the Federal Government as the presider of foreign policy, on behalf of those united States.
Under the Constitution, the State of Washington can tax its people at more than five times the rate of Tennesseans, while Texans have the Freedom to do what they want on their own land, and Taxachussets tells theirs what color trashcans to put on the street, so long as their republican forms of government are duly elected and pass those laws. But the city of Washington DC, and the politicians that make their money by being there can't take Nevada tax money to give to Chicago's slums.
Constitutionally, a Presidential Election should be 90% about Foreign Policy, and 10% about interstate commerce. Constitutionally, Gubernatorial Elections should be about the kinds of domestic policies we heard the Presidential candidates make this campaign about.
The problem is that the left coast and Northeast, having taxed their people to death, now want to spend the money earned by Alabamans and Alaskans. And the problem is that having taxed their corporations to death, they see that Manufacturers and Businesses prefer Mississippi and Missouri. And the problem is that killing the Southern Goose, won't give them any golden eggs.
If Americans had been paying attention to what has gone on in the world in the last 4 years, understood how and why the Founders designed the governments they did, and voted accordingly, we would not even have had these two candidates in the race, and if we had, we would not have had these results.
And if we don't defend Our Constitution at home, it won't matter how many terrorists we kill or capture overseas.