Not the end of the world

Steven den Beste, one of the best essayists on our side, says it’s Not the end of the world:

It’s easy to let yourself go in despair and start thinking things like “We are well-and-truly f****d” or “This is the worst of all possible outcomes”. But it isn’t true.

I think this election is going to be a “coming of age” moment for a lot of people. They say, “Be careful what you wish for” and a lot of people got their wish yesterday.

And now they’re bound to be disappointed. Not even Jesus could satisfy all the expectations of Obama’s most vocal supporters, or fulfill all the promises Obama has made.

I think Obama is going to turn out to be the worst president since Carter, and for the same reason: good intentions do not guarantee good results. Idealists often stub their toes on the wayward rocks of reality, and fall on their faces. And the world doesn’t respond to benign behavior benignly.

But there’s another reason why: Obama has been hiding his light under a basket. A lot of people bought a pig in a poke today, and now they’re going to find out what they bought. Obama isn’t what most of them think he is. The intoxication of the cult will wear off, leaving a monumental hangover.

And four years from now they’ll be older and much wiser.

A lot of bad things are going to happen during this term. But I don’t think that this is an irreversible catastrophe for the union. I’ve lived long enough to absorb this basic truth: the US is too large and too strong to destroy in just 4 years. Or even in 8. We survived 6 years of Nixon. We survived 4 years of Carter. We even survived 8 years of Clinton, God alone knows how.

The President of the United States is the most powerful political figure in the world, but as national executives go his powers are actually quite restricted. Obama will become President, but he won’t be dictator or king, let alone deity. He still has to work with the House and the Senate, and he still has to live within Constitutional restrictions, and with a judiciary that he mostly didn’t appoint.

The main reason this will be a “coming of age” moment is that now Obama and the Democrats have to put up or shut up. Obama got elected by making himself a blank slate, with vapid promises about “hope” and “change” — but now he actually has to do something. Now he has to reveal his true agenda. And with the Democrats also having a majority in both chambers of Congress, now the Democrats really have to lead. And they’re not going to do a very good job of it. It’s going to be amusing to watch.

And the people who fell for the demagoguery will learn an invaluable lesson…

And it ain’t possible for the Democrats to deliver what’s been promised. Gonna be a hell of a lot of disillusioned lefties out there. A lot of people who felt they were deceived. A lot of people who will eventually realize that the Obama campaign was something of a cult.

Disillusionment will turn to a feeling of betrayal. And that will, in turn, convert to anger.

In the mean time, Obama and Congressional Democrats will do things that cause harm, but very little of it will be irreversible.

I would have enjoyed watching lefty heads explode if McCain had won. But we’re going to see lefty heads exploding anyway; it’s just going to take longer.

In the mean time, those of us who didn’t want Obama to be president have to accept that he is. And let’s not give in to the kind of paranoid fever dreams that have consumed the left for the last 8 years. Let us collectively take a vow tonight: no “Obama derangement syndrome”.

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2 thoughts on “Not the end of the world

  1. “In the mean time, Obama and Congressional Democrats will do things that cause harm, but very little of it will be irreversible.”

    I beg to differ. With the larger majorities for Democrats in the House and Senate lots of bad stuff can and will happen. If the GOP takes over in two or four years unless they have a filibuster proof Senate they will not be able to reverse the bad things done. The Democrats will go to the wall to shut down the Senate to stop it and all the time blame it on the GOP. The media will be their willing lapdogs in all of this.

    The only hope is that the President will not fall in line with Reid and Pelosi and will actually think about what they want him to rubber stamp.

    The next two years are all on the tab of the Democrats. If they screw up they won’t have George Bush to blame…except I expect them to try and the media will help them.

  2. I would not call the Clinton years “surviving;” in fact, I think a better word would be “thriving.” I think that it would be more correct to say that we “survived” 8 years of Bush. However, that is neither here nor there, as I agree with his stance that America is too big to go down in flames under any one president.