By: Sean Scallon
There seems to be a new apocalyptic mindset settling
into a certain segment the citizentry. I can see it in my neck of the woods. I read Letters to the
Editor from various small town newspapers in northwest Wisconsin, old men writing about
how Obama's re-election will mean not just the end of American, but probably the end of
the World too. Par for the course I guess. Who knew the Mayans had predicted the
Presidency of Barak Obama?
I see it in fellows I know who are small-town journalistic colleagues, men who I had
thought of as not particularly political or ideological who rant and rage in their
editorials about Obama. Incoherent expressions of cursing at a dying light and the warning
of the fires which will soon upon us if Obama wins. I ask myself if I know such men
anymore. Where were they the last eight years, the last 12, the last 16 and 20? Asleep at
the wheel? At the casino? The country changed so much that someone named Barak Hussein Obama could be elected President and
they still in a state of shock. They feel like fools and so they act indignant because
nobody told them what was going on or they were told as was well until it wasn't.
Of course if you read Chronicles magazine during this time you would
know and Obama's election was entirely predictable. But these are people who voted for
Roosevelt, Truman or Kennedy or Johnson and then discovered Rush Limbaugh later in life.
News comes slowly to them. One such fellow journalist I know of, who likes to reprint
sections of Charles Krauthammer columns in his own column as a font of wisdom, I quite remember
saying a week after Obama was elected that regardless of what differences we may have with
the new President his election still proved that only in America could Obama get elected
and it proves we are still the exceptional nation. Don't laugh; I seem to remember they
were saying something similar Election Night on Fox News too.
A month ago there was quite a bit of lauding of one William Jefferson Clinton for
giving a masterful convention speech. Here was arguably one of the most dishonest men ever
to sit in the Oval Office, a dishonorable, cynical man who used the White House as one
used the back seat of '60 Chevy, and yet now, like Reagan, he is the Great Communicator.
Even "conservatives" were saying this. What happen to murderer of Vince Foster?
The drug dealer of Mena? The Draft Dodger? The
murderer of Ron Brown? The Rapist? The Impeached One?
But as George Carlin once pointed out, liars usually win elections and
become popular Presidents because "we like it when our leaders lie to us." The
truth is just too painful.