Just the Beginning

I wish I could celebrate the upcoming election.  By all appearances, Democrats will take a whooping, and Republicans will march into Washington led by the Tea Party.  I should be happy, but I’m not.  I should expect things to change, but I don’t.  In fact, I am quite melancholy about the whole thing.

How many times in my life so far have I been excited about the prospects of people starting to act nobly only to sink rapidly into the swamp?  How often have I seen charming people say all the right things, and then do all the wrong ones?

I smell a rat.  Republicans have shown over and over that they are at least as contemptible as Democrats.  Those that finally acknowledged that the Tea Party was more than a stumbling band of troglodytes did so grudgingly and opportunistically.  Here are my predictions for the coming two years:

1) Republicans will take back the House.

2) Democrats will retain control of the Senate.

3) Republicans will pretend to cut spending.

4) Democrats will pretend to be concerned about children.

5) Obama will sink into incoherence and paranoia.

There.  How do you like them apples?  Not pretty, huh?

Friends, we are only getting started.  We cannot even nap after the election.  The last two years have seen a giant aroused–the love of freedom and the return of individualism.  Will he nod gently back off to sleep while Demopublicans resume their plundering?

Please prove me wrong.  Show me that we are prepared to fight for the ideals of liberty for a thousand years if necessary.  Show me this wasn’t just another false hope.  Show me what we are made of.

About Terry Noel

I am an Associate Professor of Management and Quantitative Methods at Illinois State University. My specialty is entrepreneurship.
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1 Response to Just the Beginning

  1. Tracy Doyle says:

    I share your ennui. I share your predictions for the behavior of our politicians after the election. Let’s hope that the Tea Party doesn’t lose its impetus and holds our representatives’ feet to the fire. If the GOP fails to deliver on its promises – or worse yet, our expectations – it will go the way of the Whig party. I see Libertarianism on the rise, but replacing the GOP will be a political bloodbath.


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