Before I get on to my Friday bowl of whole-wheat beat-down, let me recommend a video for you which is fine except for about 90 seconds right in the middle. Our dear friend Todd Friel has this to say about what happened in the election this week:
Which, like I said, is fine except for the 90 seconds in the middle where he says that God-centered beliefs necessarily lead to "conservative political" outcomes. I think that's a broad brush at best. I think a perfectly-godly outcome of YHVH-centered biblically-serious study would be to say that a government like Israel's -- which mandates a tithe/tax for the sake of the poor -- doesn't look like what Todd's talking about. I think his brush is too-broad there, and he could tidy that up a bit for the sake of his own beliefs and thinking.
That said, the post-mortem cycle on the election this time around proves only one thing to me -- that the Right Wing pundit class of our nation is only capable of shooting the wounded and eating their dead. We want to blame Mitt Romney for running a crappy campaign when his closest team is literally what made this a close race in the last 60 days of campaigning? We want to blame Chris Christie for one photo op and his stupid gushie response to a phone call from Bruce Springsteen? We want to blame the MSM and a freak storm that put the largest part of NYC into the dark ages through the middle of the voting cycle?
Please: just shut up. The only people to blame for this loss, quite frankly, are ourselves. I can prove it by looking at the last 5 presidential elections.
Here are the high-level results from 1996:
Then there was 2000:
Roughly 111 million voters, and 50 million on the right -- with a win-fall of winning Florida in spite of missing the popular majority.
Roughly 121 million voters, and the Right wins both the election and the popular vote with 62 million votes.
About 129 million voters -- the highest turnout on the list -- and the right-side gets 59 million votes.
Last, we have the results for this year (provisional, as I think there is still some vote counting going on):
Roughly 119 million voters this year, and the right-side getting 58 million votes -- oh yes, not to forget to mention an additional 1.139 million votes for Gary Johnson, so let's call right-side voting 59 million in 2012.
Look: in the only election in the last 20 years which the right-side vote won the majority of votes to win the election, the right-side candidate got more than 60 million votes. Someplace in this country, there are at least 60 million people who have, at some time, voted for the right-side of the ticket.
They did not all show up on Tuesday.
People have got to show up to win elections. People have got to show up to win elections. People have got to show up to win elections. And they have to vote for the candidate who is running to win the election. You can't just shamble around before and after the election bemoaning how bad things are when you treat your vote with less respect than a Zombie treats the living. Even a slow-moving Zombie knows he has to go get the brains to eat the brains. If you're not doing at least that much, you got the country you deserve.
The rest of this stuff? Hogwash. Stop complaining and blaming everyone else. We have met the apathetic and morally-oblivious voter, and he is us.
I'll have part 6 of the government spending vs. private income posts next week.