This came up in the comment thread to another post, when I mentioned that Obama’s re-election had devastated me and – I’ll add here – demoralized me as well.
In my case, although in the back of my mind (though I did mention it prior to the election) was the knowledge that FDR had won re-election three times in terrible economic conditions, and I worried that Barack Obama might be in a similar situation. As it turned out, I was right to worry, but I discounted my own misgivings based on more than half a century’s worth of evidence that Americans wouldn’t re-elect presidents they felt were responsible (the man in charge) for a bad economy.
So when Obama was re-elected, I was gob-smacked. And in many ways I still am – because if Obama is the new FDR, then Americans have become the New Stupids. We’ve been there before, and we know how it turned out – Leviathan was born and fed under Roosevelt, and we’ve been struggling with it ever since. This last election was perhaps the only (slender) chance we had of slowing it – though even prior to the election, I didn’t think there was any possibility of actually stopping or reversing its growth.
So I guess I felt – and still feel – betrayed by the American people who, it seems to me, have become mostly greedy, gutless pussies all too willing to trade their liberties – and their wallets, their childrens’ futures – for a mess of security that does not, and can not, exist, nor, at that price, can possible be deserved.
I’m still trying to drag myself out of my funk. My usual way of accomplishing that is to push myself to work harder – but this method doesn’t seem as effective to me as it might once have. I look back on more than 40 thousand posts here over more than a decade, I look at the E-P.com site I started to help myself and others prepare for hard times three years ago, I look at the book I’ve been working hard on for more than two years, and I look at the new social-media cultural change site I’ve started at Memelicker.com, and I think to myself, “All this, and for what? The suicidal idiots still re-elected the most destructive President since FDR, and maybe ever.”
I have to admit I am much inclined to take JD’s advice and simply say “Fuck it, let it burn,” and continue with my personal preparations for the fire to come. But that doesn’t really solve the problem for me, either. I’ve been a fighter all my life, and I’ve never worried much about the size or power of my opponent. So just walking away from this doesn’t sit as well as it could, either.
I’m trying to work my way through it. How about you? How did you feel after Obama got re-elected? How are you handling it? What are your plans for the future?
Let’s talk about it.