Thursday, November 8, 2012

A Gray Morning

Naive… Dumb…Stupid… Out of touch… There are others things I could say about how I’m feeling about myself but most are unfit to print.

Everything I had thought about Romney as a candidate has been proven so. Everything I have thought about the national and local Republican Party has once again been proven so. I set aside common sense and simply went along once again.

In a strange way I have felt some relief this morning. I turned on the news at four thirty this morning and searched for the local weather report and not the latest political polls. Weather has a direct impact on our day to day life on our little farm. My granddad bought this place in 1921. I will be the third generation to live out my life here.

There is a sense of safety and beauty on our farm. When I decide to lock the front gate the world is right where it should be - which is outside. Although we are dependent to some extent on the outside basic food and shelter is here as it has been for almost a hundred years for my family. Doctors won't make house calls but most other needs are met through internet shopping. We seem to use it more and more along with the weekly trip to Walmart and dinners out.  Combined mileage for cars and truck was less than fifteen thousand miles last year and will be less this year. Other than paying local government rent in the form of taxes on the farm what goes on outside has little direct impact on our daily lives.

My involvement in this political campaign came about mostly because of the impact this president and this federal government has and will have on our children and grandchildren. Even though I know they will adapt and manage in this evolving socialist order, I really didn't want them to have to do so. The grandchildren will grow up under the new social norms and not know anything different.

This election has been helpful in that it has shown us the dollar amount the political elites in both national parties are willing to spend to protect their power. Most of the elected that has taken the country down this road are still in elected office and will continue to do what they have done while declaring, to all who will listen, that they are not the ones who are changing the American meaning of liberty and freedom.

By 2016 there will be so many citizens dependent on various government social programs there will not be any room for a conservative political voice. However, I am confident the GOP will find a white, wealth, moderate, middle aged man to run for president. He will be a nice man who will lose just like so many other milksop GOP selected candidates in the past. My belief is that the Tea Party was the last vestige of conservative America. (This election somehow reminds me of the Scopes trial.)

Citizens will be told that American new socialism is different from all the other nations’ socialism in that it will not betray its citizens. We were told this while we watched all the nations in Europe financially collapse.  

History repeats itself and so do politicians in their quest for personal power. Socialism is one of the best forms of government for them to hide behind.

I don't really feel bad for the young men and particularly women who voted for Obama. As their lives evolve their hopes of the middle class American way of life for them and their children, a way of life many grew up in, is out of reach. They will not connect the dots. They will not see the part they played nor take responsibility for their part in this election drama.

The average citizen’s attitude towards the Tea Party and its members tells a tale of effective political and media campaigning. It is now thought of as a radical group of dumb old folks who need to sit down and shut up.  We are defined, along with a few elected GOP members, as the people who interfere with social progress. That was our goal, in some sense, so they are probably right.

As a group there are many ways left to us to contribute to the future of the nation. We will still be able to vote and so long as we are not threatening the politically elite we will be tolerated.  I don't know how much energy or desire there is left within the Tea group but local town/county boards and elected offices could be a focal point.

In my readings many of the Tea Party web sites across the country it seems they are not what they were a year or so ago.  Lots of rabid articles and rabid commenter’s on these sites. I'm sure also that many people who read what I post on this The Oxford Tea Party web site see it as inappropriate also. Certainly supporting Newt was seen as a poor idea. This is not an apology because I knew him as a warrior and I believed this election was going to be a war. No one could accuse Romney of being a warrior and we knew this about him ‘out the gate’.  There is an adage that simply states, nice guys finish last. Who we might accuse for coming in last is the Republican Party at the national and local levels. The Party no longer walks or talks the core principles of conservatism. Their quest has been for power and the focus of their efforts has been to keep them in power.  That is not a vision or a mission for liberty and freedom. Try as they might the money and candidates could not sell their morphed version of the Reagan ideals.

We fought a good fight in this election. We lost. I don't want to recant American political history but we have had a number of presidents who were loved because they believed that America should become a socialist nation and worked towards that goal. FDR is the icon.  Obama is just one more in a long chain. There a difference now in that we have allowed presidents more and more power. Obama has and will use this power like none before him. He said to congress if you don’t act I will and he has. America will not come to end but he promised to change it and he will.

 I want to thank each person in the Tea Party for their individual efforts. This race is run.  The future will be a 'good time' for some and a ‘hard time’ for the many. The dependent underclass on social programs is growing along with their voting power. Their power will be used to grow the social programs. This is the writing on the wall. Everyone will still get a piece of the new American pie for a while. A much smaller piece for sure.

The bright side in all this is, if there is one, is that financial crisis, such as we the one we are facing, creates unique opportunities. We will just have to do lots of shoveling to find the pony.

Three years and one hundred and seventy three articles later The Oxford Tea Party web site is going to take a vacation.  Take a few steps back. Let some time pass and begin to rethink the question of, “What’s next.” November 6, 2012 was just the end of the current election cycle and the next one is only twenty four months down the road.

The countdown Election Day clock on my computer’s home screen just informed me that the time to the November 6th election has expired. The question the clock popped up asked, "Do you want to reset?" (I had to smile at its question.) How do you think I responded to my clock’s question?


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