Now I Understand My Misunderstanding of the New America

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This has been a difficult night for me, and I knew it would be.  It was not only the tipping point for our nation where we would decide as never before the direction we would go as a country, but so would it also be a tipping point in my understanding of my country and what it has become.  How very painful to understand that the country I have known all my life, the country I have loved and understood as part of my being all my life, is gone.  And I will never be the same.

Forgive me if I have wasted your time, celebrating my love for this country as it was founded, a country like no other where the safety net was not a monthly check, but our God-given liberties and unbridled opportunity for anyone with a dream.  But now I understand the new America, a country that looks to the socialist countries of Europe and yearns to be just like them.  A country that hungers for socialized medicine that will restrict accessibility to proper and timely tests, topflight physicians and the latest in medical research advancements (all of which will still be available of course to our aristocracy, as they are exempt from such socialized restrictions).  We are a nation where the majority of women are more concerned with free birth control and abortion than they are with strong families, a healthy economy and dignity as human beings.  We have forteited the need to inspire our children to strive toward whatever dreams they dare to dream.  Where once we told them they could do anything, now, in our new America, we know it would be cruel to mislead them so.

We are a nation where we choose leaders who strive to weaken us on the world stage and fail to worry about threats from those who would destroy us — and have proven repeatedly their ability to do so.  We are a nation where journalists act at their chosen leaders’ bidding, hiding truth from the people, even when Americans are killed.  Where once we were a nation that valued truth and justice, we no longer find such antiquated concepts valuable, and we will willingly cast votes for candidates who lie about who and what they are.  We are no longer a nation that reveres hard work, dedicated to innovation, risk and opportunity, apparently content in this new America of ours to allow government bureaucrats to take care of us, unconcerned when millions of us are out of work.  That, as we learned tonight, is the new American way.  We are a nation that allow our superiors to determine what cars we will drive, what lightbulbs we will use, and what and how much food we will eat, and we will willingly pay whatever is demanded of us for those everyday necessities.  And, despite the battles born by our founders, despite their opposition to taxation without representation, we are a nation that is willing to pay as much as our leadership demands of us in taxes, as that has also apparently become the new American way.

So forgive me, please, for so severely misunderstanding my country and believing that the majority of us shared my conviction.  I have lived in a fantasy of a country that is no more, a country I have known and trusted since the day I was born, and now I must adjust to this new America, content to tell my children, and someday my grandchildren, stories about the nation I once knew.  I must try and let go of that great nation forged by founders who risked their lives to create what would be the last great hope for men and women on earth, a nation defended fiercely by men and women who gave their lives and their blood to ensure that we would live in liberty.

Indeed Ronald Reagan was so very correct when he told us that, “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”  And Abraham Lincoln was so very prescient when he said that “if this nation is ever destroyed, it will not be from without but from within.”  This is probably the very saddest day of my life, and I say to the people who brought us to this new America: What have you done?


  1. tigermom
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    You need to move forward, and not backwards to the 1950s. Last night was a victory for all Americans. We proved that elections can’t be bought by the Koch brothers and other billionaires. We all found our voice to overcome the biggest challenges presented by Citizens United. Going FORWARD, we need to work together to resolve the budget deficit, job growth, immigration, and other issues facing our great nation. The obstructionist positions taken by the Republicans were detrimental to our nation. The Republicans in Congress need to get back to work on resolving issues by compromising on issues (taxes, immigration reform, etc.) Likewise, Democrats need to compromise as well on spending.

    It will be interesting to watch the civil war within the Republican party over the next few months. The Tea Party has severely weakened the Republican party and could result in its ultimate demise.

  2. aPLWBinAK
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Ditto to your column. I too overestimated the amount of sanity left in our beloved Republic. I wanted to apologize for giving false hope yesterday, by predicting a victory for R&R. I have known for a long time we are sliding into the abyss of Socialism, but was optimistic we could still fight it off for awhile longer. I was wrong. There is always hope…but it grew dimmer yesterday. Be well….and keep up the good fight.

  3. Janice
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Totally agree with this article. It hurts all over but game on!
    Go ahead…grieve, hurt, talk about it, grab a punching all of this for now.
    Its ok.
    Victory will be ours. Not today, not tomorrow but it’s coming. These are labor pains so to’s darkest just before dawn. Hang on to your values, morals and principles..Our Creator is watching and He is in charge.

  4. furyinarizona
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    I said last night that if Obama wins I’m selling everything I own. Do that and we prevent Obama from redistributing what’s ours.

  5. JOHN
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    I am John Galt.

  6. May
    Posted November 8, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    My husband and I both read your column and feel all the pain and disbelief that you are feeling. At this point, all we can do is take good care of our families and pray that the next four years are not as bad as we fear.

  7. AngryAlaska
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Hey JOHN,
    Do you think Obama would even know what you’re talking about? I don’t think he would.

  8. Betsy Siino
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    You guys are awesome. I agree it will take much longer than we thought, and our road won’t be at all what we expected. Stay tuned….