Articles: One Election Away from Tragedy… (“Unconstrained democracy always destroys itself.”)
By Monty Pelerin
For the last thirty-plus years, each election has been described by pundits as “the most important election in history.” Finally this claim is no longer hyperbole.
Elections can be important, but they should not be “game-changers.” For the first time in my life, we face an election that truly lives up to its exaggerated billings. This election likely is the most important one in American history.
An Inflection Point
The United States of America is at an inflection pointwhere this election will determine whether we continue to veer off-course or return to a conventional path. The issue is whether we reinvent this country in ways that have failed everywhere else in both place and time, or return to the traditions that have made America the envy of the world.
The key figure in this election is one Barack Obama. What he represents and insists on imposing is a revolution in values, markets and what has been known as the American way of life. His opponent, Mitt Romney, hardly seems ideological enough to combat the direct assault on liberty.
Romney seems to be a good and decent man, one that you might admire as a competent and fair boss. He does not convey the same commitment and intensity as his opponent. His apparent competency would certainly be welcome, but it is hardly sufficient. Even some Soviet bureaucrats were competent in accomplishing unproductive tasks. Competency in pursuit of wrong goals can be a liability rather than an asset.
The bases of the two parties are not equal in intensity. Many opponents of the president believe this election to be like those of the past. There are Obama-detesters who have come to stronger positions generally via two routes — 1) the man is incompetent and made things worse; or, 2) he is out to destroy what was America. This anti-Obama feeling is stronger than it was four years ago, although does not come close to matching the core of Democrat dependency voters. These voters view each election in terms of life and death (or living well versus living). This intense core far outnumbers the Obama-detesters.