Paul Jacob

November 4, 2012

President Barack Obama is on Tuesday’s ballot, seeking four more years as president of the United States. Like many Americans, I find that prospect deeply troubling — downright scary.

Some say the nation cannot survive another four years of Mr. Obama. Though that belief probably underestimates our resilience as a people, there is something about the Obama Administration that I find more frightening than the menacing administrations of presidents past.

Weeks ago, a friend suggested that we American voters have simply received the government for which we have cast our ballots. The enormous debt foisted on us by the various political gangs in Washington had somehow been all our own idea, and the corruption and cronyism that seems to be the federal government’s standard operating procedure has been a pretty solid reflection of the hopes and desires of the American electorate.

I did not merely beg to differ; I adamantly demanded to differ. The very idea that the federal government’s overspending, overstepping, waste, sloth and corruption had been somehow wished for and even chosen by voters (and was emblematic of the people’s same bad behavior) is patently absurd.

And easily refuted.

Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.