Frank Pastore

So, what do you think happened last night? What does it mean for Christianity, for Israel, the Middle East and the world at large? For the United States of America, for your family, your kids and for your grandkids? How significant was it in terms of economics, and electoral politics? Do you think we've crossed some kind of tipping point of some kind, with half of America dependent upon the federal government and the other half paying for it? How do you persuade those who don't pay taxes to embrace tax cuts? What does it mean for the future of the Republican party, and more importantly, for the ideas of individual responsibility and representative limited government?

In my opinion, what won last night? Class Warfare, Unions, Obamacare, and Big Government - and the higher taxes that will come with it. The rich will clearly be paying more, along with everyone else.

Progressivism defeated conservatism yesterday, and it may be what political scientists refer to as a "critical realignment," an election that reflects a fundamental change within the electorate. I fear for the future of America, sure we'll have the same name, but I now know that we've become a different country. We've crossed the tipping point on our way to the Progressive Utopia that leftists have been working for since Woodrow Wilson and FDR, we'll now become another centralized, secular, unionized socialist state, just like most European countries. Not since the Civil War, has it been as clear that there are now two Americas - as starkly depicted in the Red-Blue County electoral map - the one founded in 1776, and the one that first took office in 2008 and won re-election yesterday.

Basically, the blue cities want their big government but they're running out of money to pay for it, and they'll take it from the red-county workers and homeowners to pay for it. Anticipate new redistributionist "regionalist" schemes to accomplish this - charging the suburbs to fund the failing policies of the inner cities. And, look for Obama to move to allow debt-ridden states like California to nationalize their debt since "we're all in this together." Federalism is in it's final gasps. Washington is on the path to Athens.

Obama has indeed fulfilled at least one campaign promise, he has "fundamentally transformed America."

What lost last night? E pluribus unum, Entrepreneurs, Federalism, Representative Government, Limited Government, Liberty, Free Markets, and your savings due to imminent and unavoidable inflation. If Big Government doesn't get the money it needs, it'll just print more, depressing the value of your savings and your future.

The unions, rather than individual tax payers, now rule American politics through the Democratic Party they have purchased. How do you now stop the unions and their organization machine that masterfully "gets out the vote" for the Democrats? How do you now stop their drive for national socialism? In dutiful response, in return, I expect Obama to implement "Card Check" in his second term, to expand union influence across the country, and to energize the assault on all "Right to Work" states. And, I expect Harry Reid to implement the "nuclear option" and change the senate rules so the Democrats won't need 60 votes to overcome a Republican filibuster, a simple majority is all that will be necessary.

Nor is it "the economy stupid," since Obama blamed Bush for the economy, even after 4 years of his own policies. It will be interesting to see what happens when it all begins to "hit the fan," and people are paying taxes they thought only the rich would be paying. I wonder if the media will still allow Obama to blame Bush after 8 years.... probably.

Speaking of the media, I expect an assault to censor or silence Fox News, talk radio, and conservative websites that oppose the New Leviathan.

Too many people were worried about "next month's government paycheck," and not all about their future or their kids' future. As Rush Limbaugh said, my paraphrase, "Santa Claus beats personal responsibility every time, especially when even the naughty get presents."

Lastly, I think the church is now almost irrelevant in electoral politics. Neither abortion, nor same sex marriage, nor the contraception mandate, had any noticeable impact in deterring Hispanic and African American voters. Thus, look for an even stronger attempt to redefine Christianity in terms of the social gospel and not these "archaic and bothersome" moral values of the past.

But take heart, Christianity has always done well under persecution.


Frank Pastore

The Frank Pastore Show is heard in Los Angeles weekday afternoons on 99.5 KKLA and on the web at kkla.com, and is the winner of the 2006 National Religious Broadcasters Talk Show of the Year. Frank is a former major league pitcher with graduate degrees in both philosophy of religion and political philosophy.
 
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