And as he went forth of the city, he saw the Lord entering into Rome. And when he saw him, he said: Lord, whither goest thou thus [quo vadis] ? And the Lord said unto him: I go into Rome to be crucified [Romam vado iterum crucifigi]. And Peter said unto him: Lord, art thou being crucified again? He said unto him: Yea, Peter, I am being crucified again. And Peter came to himself: and having beheld the Lord ascending up into heaven, he returned to Rome, rejoicing, and glorifying the Lord, for that he said: I am being crucified: the which was about to befall Peter.
—Acts Of Peter [apocryphal], XXXV
-Some random thoughts, in no particular order, in the gloomy aftermath of the Elections…
-But first an explanatory note: my lower amount of posts over the last several days is due to the fact that I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how I plan to answer the question in the title of this post. Fully formed conclusions are not as yet within my reach, but, with all of the very thoughtful and heartfelt discussion I have witnessed in The Ether since Tuesday Evening [and a whole bunch of wilfully blind pablum puking from our side, as well], I thought it time to jump right in to the mosh pit of philosophizing.
-Why not start with Mark Steyn, after all, he has been proven a prophet and his book, After America, must be in consideration for sacred text status:
So Washington cannot be saved from itself. For the moment, tend to your state, and county, town and school district, and demonstrate the virtues of responsible self-government at the local level. Americans as a whole have joined the rest of the Western world in voting themselves a lifestyle they are not willing to earn. The longer any course correction is postponed the more convulsive it will be. Alas, on Tuesday, the electorate opted to defer it for another four years. I doubt they’ll get that long.
A storm is threatening and a hard rain’s gonna fall.
More from Prophet Steyn:
…I would say what Barack Obama did was quite brilliant. I’ve lived in places where politics is tribal. I’ve lived in Belfast, and in the province of Quebec, you know, in both places you basically have secessionists and loyalists, and people vote tribally. The present Democratic coalition is one based on tribal identity. You vote because you’re a woman, you vote your lady parts as Obama advised them. If you’re black, you vote based on your ethnicity. If you’re lesbian, you vote based on your orientation. The Republican Party asked people to vote as citizens, to say that that is your most important identity. You might be lesbian, you might be Hispanic or whatever, but you’re a citizen, and you vote as a citizen. And I’m very wary of just going down the route of identity group pandering, because I think it’s ultimately destructive of cohesive, it’s the biggest argument in favor of big government, because you say well, we’ve got all these competing identity groups, we’ve got a bunch of Muslims on one side of the street, and then a bunch of gay guys on the other side of the street, and only big government can mediate the competing interest of the fire breathing mullahs and the hedonist gays. And I think you damage the polity going down that path.
The Left has successfully Balkanized The United States.
The key for we conservatives is to not accept the Left’s definition of Balkanization by race, creed, orientation, and ethnic group. The division is between those who believe in The Constitution and The Declaration Of Independence and the spirit that animates them and those who hate and despise all that. We cannot co-exist in the same nation with the latter — this should now be obvious.
One final bit from That Old Devil Steyn:
…[Obama] didn’t have a “mandate” for half the stuff he did in his first term, but he did it anyway – shoving Obamacare through on one last bought vote rather than focusing on jobs, etc. That’s the main reason his re-election was so narrow – because he spent his first term concentrating only on things that, whatever their immediate downside, offer his team serious long-term advantage. Our guys might usefully learn from that: Too often Republicans, even when they win, are content to be in office rather than in power.
If that’s what he did when he had a re-election to fight, what do you think he’ll do now that he doesn’t? Regardless of the “inevitable Republican gains in 2014″, this is a man happy to advance his agenda through executive power supported by the bureaucracy and the courts, in neither of which is there any danger of “Republican gains”. In other words, if you liked the first-term executive orders, wait till the second.
While we’re at it, on the brink of another four years, the key point about Barack Obama is not that he’s a secret Muslim Kenyan Commie or whatever. Whether he was born in Honolulu or Mombasa or Stockholm or up on Planet Zongo, what matters (as I write in my book) is that in his general worldview he is entirely typical and perfectly representative of tens upon tens of millions of Americans. Tuesday’s majority confirmed that. They don’t need a “conspiracy”: They agree with him. That’s the problem.
Read the entire post at Bob’s place: The Camp of the Saints: