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So, What The Hell Happened?

Updated on April 4, 2013

It doesn’t seem to me unreasonable at all to suspect that world events, particularly in the Middle East, and most particularly in Iran, may derail President Obama from fundamentally changing the character and direction of America, and I wasn’t trusting that Romney was going to save America – so, I am not hopelessly distraught, and I am not here serving-up sour grapes . . . but I think it is useful to consider what this election implies about us and suggests about our future. And I mean this sincerely; don’t look at this from a partisan perspective, don’t come at this as a Republican or Democrat, a conservative or liberal, don’t read this imagining that you know either candidate and have any valid opinion if they’re a good person or corrupt – just examine what’s on the table, what's observable, and consider what we can learn from it.

What general perception do we have, and how did we come to have it? What circumstances prompt us toward one understanding or another? Whoever you voted for and whatever political leaning you favor, it’s useful to reflect on what happened factually; we reelected to a 2nd term a president who in his 1st term gave us 12,544,0 00 unemployed, 261,000 fewer jobs, household income down $4,300 a year, net worth down 30%, 14,686,657 more on food stamps, wasted tons of cash taken from our paychecks and given to companies like Solyndra, Beacon, Fisker to no good end, and gave more of our money to ‘save’ GM when GM is losing $49,000 on every Volt they sell. And today there are 145,000 more federal workers than when he took office. Now, add to this that just weeks before the election our embassy in Libya was attacked by terrorists and our ambassador and others were murdered and the president lied about it all repeatedly, and even the most rabid liberal, the most partisan Democrat, the most devout Obama disciple must honestly acknowledge that something astounding must have transpired for that president to win reelection.

And, now that the fervor of the campaigns is past, consider that his opponent may have been essentially a square, and kind of a dull guy who was not really too inspiring, but he was a man who had been successful at nearly everything he’s done in life and that a significant part of what he’s done in life was to rescue floundering enterprises and manage them into becoming prosperous enterprises. He had no skeletons in his closet, he seemed by all appearances to be an upright family man who gave huge amounts to charity and had a long history of demonstrating a care for and actually, personally, offering help to others. It seems to me more than a reasonable and useful task to examine and reflect on how things followed the course they followed, how things happened as they did – I suppose I’m asserting here that to an objective observer, someone with no agenda (forgetting it’s Obama) it would appear to be ludicrous that an incumbent president under these circumstances won reelection.

Is Obama just that irresistibly likable? Is there really a predominately liberal philosophic base to the American citizenry? I think Obama seems likable enough – but not so irresistibly likable that voters would be willing to set aside their own welfare and hope for the future so he can remain the president, and polls and surveys continually evidence that America is not philosophically predominately liberal. So again, what happened? How did a president with such a measurably failed 1st term win a 2nd term beating a guy who appeared to be just the guy to fix what Obama couldn’t fix?

The Answer Is Twofold ~

I believe the answer is twofold; partisan party politics and a fraudulent ‘news’ media. Again, please consider sincerely, I’m not looking for excuses why 'my team' didn’t win, I’m not kicking rocks around with my chin buried in my chest crying ‘it’s no fair’ – I’m saying it’s a remarkable thing that Obama won reelection, not because I don’t like him or stand opposed to his policies, but because all the circumstances being considered (his 1st term, the state of the nation, his opponent, etc) it’s astounding that he won a 2nd term.

First, the campaign: In his acceptance speech Obama said “We are an American family, we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people” – yet, just a day or two before saying that he talked about voting for “revenge”. His speech, after the fact, sounded (to me) really nice, just the kind of thing I want my president to be saying – but it simply doesn’t match-up with what he’s done. Despite talking now about all of us being one America and that we all need to work together, etc, his whole campaign was all about pitting the middle class against the wealthy.

Very basically, his economic plan of bailouts and stimulus packages hasn’t worked, he couldn’t point to accomplishment so he pointed to a culprit – rather than saying ‘here’s how I’m going to fix the economy’ he said ‘those rich guys have so much more than you do, I’ll get some of what they have and give it to you’. He was actually able to get throngs of people to chant ‘it’s time they paid their fair share’ when if you in fact look at the actual numbers saying ‘fair’ actually meant ‘even more’.

Obama also said, in his acceptance speech, “despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for America’s future” – yet, prior to that acceptance speech, his campaign set about to cast his opponent as, not a man with a different viewpoint on how to best improve the economy, but as an evil guy who really doesn’t share the same hopes for America’s future. There is a factual reality we’re up against here. The term ‘unsustainable spending’ means something – we don’t have the funds to cover the amount we are spending, something is going to happen (like, Obama is in – the stock market is down, as in plummeting down).

Yet party politics made the great issue of the debate all about who’s smart & and who really cares and who’s dumb & who is mean – we never had the debate over the real trouble we’re facing, it was all name-calling and slander. Now, after the election, after the choice has been made, it’s all about sitting down together to solve the problems!? Listen to the crowd at Obama’s acceptance speech; he says “We want our children to live in an America that isn’t . . . “ and then, when he says “burdened by debt” no crowd response, when he says “that isn’t weakened by inequality” no crowd response, but when he says “that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet” the crowd goes nuts. Why is that?

I believe it’s because the Democratic campaign was never about how to fix the debt or how to go about dismantling inequality – it was all about who’s smart and really cares . . . if you think global warming is our greatest threat then you’re smart and you really care – if you recognize that our debt is not a revenue problem but is a spending problem then you’re too stupid to believe rich people’s greed is burning-up our planet and you’re too mean to care about fixing it. If the actual issues at hand would have ever been seriously and thoroughly investigated and considered then Obama would have had to explain the failure of his policies and explain how anything would be better after another 4 years – he has no viable response to that, so the issue has to be who is smart and who really cares. Which brings us to the 2nd factor of how a president with such a measurably failed 1st term could win a 2nd term beating a guy who appeared to be just the guy to fix what Obama couldn’t fix - the fraudulent ‘news’ media.

The Focus Of My Concern ~

The focus of my concern over the outcome of this election is not so much the course Obama will pursue or the damage his administration might do, the federal government is a congested, lumbering bureaucracy . . . he may certainly initiate some things that further the decline in our economy, but I fear an even greater threat to the health of our republic. My concern is what manner of people have we become, what is now the defining character of our culture. The reason the party machines are able to present us with candidates of their choice and frame the campaign around the ‘issues’ they determine supply them their best opportunity for victory, is because journalism has devolved into a celebrity-based cheering squad for the agenda that they can enjoy the most self-aggrandizement from.

How in the world can a news media reconcile a commitment to getting to the truth and broadcasting it in an unbiased manner, with simply passing on one party’s slanderous accusation against their opponent without even a bit of investigating if the charges are sound, and then not even asking a sitting president for answers regarding a terrorist attack on our foreign embassy and murder of our ambassador?

The common perception today is that Democrats care about the working class and want to help those less fortunate and that the Republicans care only about their rich friends and don’t want to help anybody – now, if there are more millionaire Democrats in congress than Republican millionaires, and if all evidence demonstrates that Republicans give a good bit more of their personal income to charity than do Democrats, why would the common perception be just the opposite? Because that is the scenario that liberals need to advance (because their actual policies have never worked) and the ‘news’ media is significantly populated by more liberals than conservatives – in other words, our whole source of information totally buys into the false notion that liberals are smarter and nicer than dumb and mean conservatives.

“When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

If you’re thinking that this all sounds like I’m looking for excuses and blaming the media for Obama’s reelection, and that this then sounds like some goofy conspiracy theory, that is not my point at all – I don’t think there is any conspiracy. I’m only trying to understand what happened. Remember, something made people look past the list of damage and failed policies of Obama’s 1st term and reelect him . . . look at the campaign; the Democrats veered away from any talk of actual polices and plans concerning the economy, lied over and over about the embassy attack, and the media never called them on it, never tried to pin them down and get any real answers, the mainline news agencies were content to swoon over talk about loving the planet and educating children, etc.

So what manner of people have we become, what is now the defining character of our culture? How has all this become acceptable to us? To me the answer to this is encouraging; despite never getting to a genuine debate about how things work and what might actually fix some of our trouble, even though what appears to be a decent and honorable man was maligned and cast as some manner of ghoul who laughs at the misfortune of others, even though what presents itself as ‘the news’ did little but advance the same notion (Democrats care about the middle class/Republicans care only for the rich) that the Democratic party has been promoting since FDR, even still, nearly half the country saw through all that mess . . . a great number of people simply don’t gobble-up what’s being spoon-fed to so many, they know in their core the validity of ideas like self-responsibility, liberty, fair play, etc.

We seem to be lunging toward becoming a civilization that is willing to give-up on the great experiment in freedom that America is, that prefers to set aside true liberty for free provisions and safety . . . but if half the population still recognizes the principles this country was founded on so long ago, and still recognizes this when they weren’t taught it in school, and when it’s mocked and ridiculed in popular culture, and when the news agencies are perpetually telling them differently, etc, etc – then I yet see light in the darkness. And . . .

All that exists is God’s, He created all there is, it is His and under His care and He has made His creation according to His plan and His purpose. God superintends nations, leaders, and elections. God has ordained all that comes about . . . I am content with this knowledge. And . . .

. . . Bush, McCain, and Romney were not at all my choices, and young folks like Rubio, Walker, Ryan, Cruise, Lee, and others are on the horizon. And, not perhaps, but in fact, God IS bringing about His plan according to His purpose.


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    • MickeySr profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      ImKarn23 ~ please be assured, when I referenced Elvis as 'offensive and outdated' I was speaking of the general course of cultural appreciation - my own personal accounting is that there is only one Elvis and Elvis alone is Elvis. There is nothing else like Elvis . . . I own his '68 Comeback Special' and a week doesn't go by that I don't watch a portion of it. Absolute genius, every act in popular music to this day is still, whether they even realize it or not, is still just trying to be Elvis.

    • fpherj48 profile image


      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Mickey Sr. Ha! What BULL...(I mean about the divorce) I've read your hubs, remember? Such a devoted husband and family man deserves my loyalty, at the very least. Add to this marvelous aspect of your constitution, the fact that you are intelligent and prolific and you are what I call, a rare breed of your gender.

      It's important you know that if I am unimpressed by anyone ( male or female) I will make few, if any comments. I refuse to blow smoke. What the hell for?

      So, bottom line is that I say what I mean and I mean what I say. Those who know me well (and may not even necessarily LIKE me) are my references to this fact.....

      If it makes you happy to be so friggan modest, fine. I'm sure that I am not the first person, nor the last who truly appreciates your enormous talents. If I are definitely hanging out with the wrong people! LOL!

    • ImKarn23 profile image

      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago


      Elvis will NEVER be offensive nor outdated!

      So THERE!


      hubs, old man!

      (and no, i was referring to willstar and ghost 32 - to be specific! They don't recognize or appreciate polite comments that come backed up with facts - and simply - ATTACK!...)

    • MickeySr profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      ImKarn23 ~ (WHY do i keep banging my head and commenting on hubs where my opinion probably isn't wanted

      I hope you're not referring to this hub - your opinion, just about any opinion, is eagerly received here . . . I'm a conservative, not a liberal, I seek-out and appreciate views that are not my own, I don't assume that anyone who see things differently than me must be wrong but hope to learn from everyone.

      "the perfect storm came in the form of an extremely right right"

      I don't see it as a too right right - I see as both a poorly advance right by the (so-called) right and a an inept and deceptive presentation of the right by a corrupted media (like, now we're finding out that 5 days before the election we knew that Iran fired on our aircraft, but it wasn't reported until 2 days after the election!?).

      "It's not that Obama won because of his economic policies - it's that Romney lost because of his SOCIAL policies!"

      I believe that, in a very large overview kind of sense. Not his social policies regarding same-sex marriage, abortion, etc - but his social policies concerning the whole general notion of the left and right in his country. I'm really not a media conspiracy guy, I really don't think there's some maniacal puppet-master bringing about his evil plan - but as the country moves forward decade after decade, as Elvis goes from being offensive to being outdated, as women daring to smoke in public moves to smoking being uncool, as going to church becomes something to mock, etc, the media places itself as the arbiters of hip . . . to sell products they have to be where we all go to find out what's cool now and what's not anymore. So in sitcoms and hospital dramas and even the news, the great fear is being perceived as behind the times, which means they have to always push the culture ahead.

      Which all means, I don't think Romney lost because of specific issues like gender issues and abortion, etc - I think he lost simply because Democrats are thought to be the cool kids and Republicans are thought to be the stick-in-the-mud parents trying to ruin everybody's fun. In a large, very general sense, I think, Romney lost the culture war and lost the election.

      Which is kind of stunning when you count our first Black president as a cultural circumstance . . . it just illustrates the power of the media and how they present things, since the Democrats were behind slavery, the Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow, segregation, etc, etc, and the Republicans were started as a party to end slavery . . !?

    • MickeySr profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      fpherj48 ~ I'm going to get a divorce and come looking for you. You are far too forgiving and generous to me in your review, you make me feel like I could get published or that I'm actually good at this, even useful. I don't think I'm useless and I am sure that I'm better at this (writing, expressing myself, articulating ideas, etc) than some, but I'm sure we just share a common sensibility or enjoy a similar disposition - I can't be as outstanding as portray me to be . . . but don't stop or anything like that, I just feel compelled to protest a bit, but it certainly is a treat. Thank you so much.

      . . . and, if you are seriously going to save or copy this, I did go back over it and made a few corrections.

    • MickeySr profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      carol7777 ~ thanks, again, for your visit and comment.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      6 years ago from UK

      Excellent discourse here Mickey. While I may not completely agree with all your views there is no doubting your erudite ability to outline some salient points. I am an outsider looking in, so my perspective may be flawed... however

      Yes- the Media does play a big part in assuring success- just look at the amount of money spent on mass media blitz by both sides - didn't Romney had as much access to the same media as Obama did and had as much money to spend.

      To me, Leslie above is right. the demographics of your wonderful country has changed. Independent women, Latin and African American population as well as self aware students seemed to forgive the flaws and support Obama for another four years. Also to say Obama singlehandedly caused the recession, lost the jobs and ignored terrorism is perhaps a tad overegged. He inherited an economy bloated in capitalistic fervour, a world where bankers lost touch with 'real money' and resources and speculated peoples livelihoods away.

      I too am astounded that Obama managed to break all trends- no President has ever been re-elected when the inflation hit 7.3 percent. At the time of election it was 9.9 percent. but the key here is that it was 12.9 percent last year and it is showing signs of recovery- slow but sure. He won despite all the disasters of the last four years many of which were already underway when he took over the poisoned chalice.

      People are perhaps tired of reactive decision making - they perhaps felt that giving am an who has 4 years to settle in another four years may well be the best solution rather an untested man whose far right leanings perhaps didn't sit well with the world of internet, mass media and modern social outlook.

      That said, it doesn't take away from your very well argued piece. Well done.

    • MickeySr profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      Curiad ~ thank you, again, so much for the visit and comment . . . it seems you are becoming one of my most durable followers, and I do appreciate it.

    • ImKarn23 profile image

      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      It was 'the perfect storm' politically speaking, i believe..

      (WHY do i keep banging my head and commenting on hubs where my opinion probably isn't wanted

      i was a mccain backer in 08, and when he chose palin as his running mate - i didn't SWITCH sides - i just didn't back anyone! It didn't seem that they were so terribly polarized in many areas..

      Now - while the stats you speak are true - the perfect storm came in the form of an extremely right right!

      It didn't matter in the end what the president did or didn't do - did or didn't get done..

      What mattered - obviously - to the majority of the population (whose demographics have changed to the degree that the founding fathers wouldn't recognize the country) - was the extremely exclusive platform upon Romney first stood proudly upon - and then began distancing himself from..

      It's not that Obama won because of his economic policies - it's that Romney lost because of his SOCIAL policies!

      It was the perfect storm, me thinks...

      (excuse the pun..)

    • fpherj48 profile image


      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Mickey Sr. Your hubs leave me no choice but to slow down my habit of speed reading, OK, truth is, I peruse your hubs like a turtle with a magnifying glass. The content is worth my focus and undivided attention.

      As the dust is beginning to settle, I've actually avoided hubs of a political nature.....Sort of like I won't listen to Monday morning quarterbacks.....

      You have vision, common sense, deep understanding and a prolific way of presenting the contents of your massive brain. Me? I'm a lover of the FACTS, the BASICS and SIMPLICITY. This is precisely what I read here. However, it surely requires some hefty sorting through the garbage and debris, which you seem to do with ease. I lack the patience and the effort.....bottom line? Thank you for doing all the work for me (us). THIS is exactly what I was hoping someone would do. I am printing this hub to hand out to passers-by. Awareness seems to be lacking, in general. What I will refrain from doing is saying, "Here, Stupid, READ THIS!"

      Bravo, Mickey. This is one outstanding article. Amazing.

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Well written with lots of thought and passion for the saving of our country.

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      Mark G Weller 

      6 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      This is very well thought out and I believe accurate. I an one of the 1/2 "the population still recognizes the principles this country was founded on so long ago, and still recognizes this when they weren't taught it in school and it’s mocked and ridiculed in popular culture, and when the news agencies are perpetually telling them differently.



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