Only in America can a president who inherits a deep recession and whose policies have actually made the effects of that recession worse get re-elected. Only in America can a president get re-elected who wants the bureaucrats who can’t run the Post Office to micromanage the administration of every American’s health care. Only in America can a president who kills Americans overseas who have never been charged or convicted of a crime get re-elected. Only in America can a president who borrowed and spent more than $5 trillion in fewer than four years, plans to repay none of it, and promises to borrow another $5 trillion in his second term, get re-elected.
It is fair to say that Mr. Obama is the least skilled and least effective American president since Jimmy Carter, but he is far more menacing. His every instinct is toward the central planning of the economy and the federal regulation of private behavior. He .. never admits he has been wrong about anything. Though he took an oath to uphold the Constitution, he treats it as a mere guideline, whose grand principles intended to guarantee personal liberty and a diffusion of power can be twisted and compromised to suit his purposes. He rejects the most fundamental of American values — that our rights come from our Creator, and not from the government. His rejection of that leads him to an expansive view of the federal government, which permits it, and thus him, to right any wrong, to regulate any behavior and to tax any event, whether authorized by the Constitution or not, and to subordinate the individual to the state at every turn.
I argued during the campaign that this election was a Hobson’s choice between big government and bigger government. Regrettably, this election addressed how much private wealth the feds should seize and redistribute and how much private behavior they should regulate, rather than whether the Constitution permits them to do so. I have argued that we have really one political party whose two branches mirror each other’s wishes for war and power. Despite all these realities, it is still unsettling to find Mr. Obama back in the White House for another four years. This sinking feeling comes from the knowledge that he is free from the need to keep an eye on the electorate and it comes from the terrible thought that he may be the authoritarian we have all known and feared would visit us one day to crush our personal freedoms.