Greater unionization combined with inflated monetary supply. General Motors Corp. has become a government-owned entity -- and, illustrating the power of the perverse alliance between Democratic governance and union honchos, 55 percent of Chrysler is now owned by the United Auto Workers. Without either raising tariffs on imported vehicles or dramatically subsidizing GM at the expense of American taxpayers, GM will be out of business by the end of the first Obama term. The more likely measure is yet another bailout for GM. Meanwhile, higher prices for goods, created by either subsidization or tariffs, will force the Federal Reserve to print more cash, devaluing everyone's savings.
Radical federal judges. This is perhaps the most obvious effect of the Specter move. Specter has always been a judicial liberal -- his glaringly stupid examination of Robert Bork demonstrated his total ignorance of Constitutional theory and text. With his move to the Democratic Party, Specter can now indulge his whimsical love for judges who enforce social libertinism from the bench. And Republicans will have no way to pressure him, as they did when he was beholden to them.
The return of abortion-first policies. Specter is on the left side of the aisle on abortion. Now he'll get to speak his mind on the issue. Obama promised to make the so-called Freedom of Choice Act one of his first priorities as president. With Republicans able to filibuster, Obama had no choice but to shelve the measure. Now it will return, horrors intact. The Freedom of Choice Act effectively invalidates all state laws restricting abortion in any way.
The criminalization of religious perspectives. The first step may be H.R. 1913, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, which seeks to convert certain crimes punishable by law into “hate crimes.” Such “hate crimes” constitute crimes that target people based on perception of sexual orientation or gender identity -- in other words, any crime that has as its victim a non-openly straight male. An overzealous police department could easily get the idea that pastors preaching Leviticus 18:22 violate federal law. Watch also for a move to tie federal funding for medical facilities to doctor certifications stipulating that the doctors will perform abortions and other controversial medical procedures.
This is only the beginning. Certain conservatives celebrated Obama's election, thinking that his incompetence would spell conservative resurgence in 2012. The only problem is that Obama, with his new filibuster-proof Congress, will do incredible harm to the traditional social values and liberty-based economic values that make this nation great. And there's no one left to stop him.