Guest Post: Obama Wins A Second Term: Now What?

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Ron Holland via The Daily Bell,

I'm certainly glad the election is finally over. While I have loved politics my entire life, this presidential election has gone on for over three years, including the GOP primaries, and I've had my fill of meaningless slogans and counter-slogans, lies and counter-lies. I had to quit watching political news the last few weeks, as I thought I would become physically sick if I watched any more establishment political "experts" give their required opinions and propaganda bites.

The 2012 presidential election has been like a ballgame hyped and built up over three years. We are programed to cheer and act out our sheep-like roles in partisan politics when, like the game, unless we have money bet on the outcome the actual winner will have absolutely no impact on our lives.

This was destined to be a close, statistically tied election, as get out the vote efforts included repetitive harping on its life-changing importance and the evils of the opposition candidates and party. The bottom line is that voting percentages generate credibility for the failed American political system.

"There's not a dime's worth of difference between the Democrat and Republican parties." George Wallace, 1966 Alabama governor and presidential candidate.

Note it now takes 71 cents to equal the purchasing power of a dime in 1966 – if you believe the false inflation statistics out of Washington. Actually, I could buy a soft drink for a dime in 1966 whereas today it is closer to $1.50. Check house prices even with the pullback or college tuition if you want an accurate inflation estimate.

It is reasonable to expect from Obama's second term more of the same as the first four years. The two main US political parties promote nearly identical policies; nothing will change from earlier Bush and Clinton administration policies. Of course, there will be a burst of optimism from Democrats and the usual rallying cries for everybody to come together to meet the challenges of the moment. This is just the usual garbage fed to the voting public after every presidential election.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but both presidents and the representatives we reelect to Congress only represent the powerful banking and economic interests that control the federal government and use it to further their power elite agenda. Real, productive citizens can only look to their government representatives to solve minor bureaucratic issues on lost checks, eligibility for this program or that or to listen only to their complaints and agenda.

In reality, the Senate and House of Representatives by necessity – except in the case of those few with actual philosophical convictions on the right or the left – only represent and govern based on the financial handouts and doors opened by powerful interests. This is the only way they can be reelected.

Why Romney Lost

Romney lost for two main reasons:

First, as he correctly noted during the campaign, 47 percent of American families are dependent on government handouts and they voted for what was in their own best interests. Democracy is mob rule and the 47 percent, although with the best of intentions, are still only a mob out to get what they can from others who have earned or produced the wealth in the private sector.

"There are 47 percent who are with [Obama], who are dependent upon government, who believe they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it." – Mitt Romney

Still, there is a positive outcome with this depressing statistic. First, many government employees and those on the dole understand the problems of bureaucracy far better than Americans in the private sector because they are caught in the government trap themselves. They often have the courage to even vote against their best interests because they see what it has done to them personally.

Every TSA agent and government employee in non-essential services outside of the armed forces, real police and fire protection and real teachers – not the hundreds of thousands of unionized, make-work employees who use the system – are simply parasites.

Second, the GOP leadership antagonized the 10 percent of the Republican Party electorate who supported Ron Paul for President. Of course, the establishment is still deathly scared of the Ron Paul movement and their harsh treatment and the subsequent blowback on November 6 guarantees any discussion here will be verboten and seldom mentioned for obvious reasons. While some voted for Romney, a few – as the returns show – voted third-party and many like me just sat home on election day disgusted at the entire political charade. Romney lost because he needed a majority of this 10 percent to win yet those controlling his campaign simply threw this voting block away because it threatened powerful central banking, neocon and moneyed interests supporting the GOP.

While Romney would have made a better president than Obama in at least his rhetoric, as he pays lip service to conservative Republican values, in reality his neocon controllers would probably have made him a disaster in foreign policy.

And so over the next four years the people will be provoked and buy more guns they will never have the courage to use to defend themselves against an all-powerful government. The GOP will raise more money using faux social issues and an agenda they never really have any interest in standing up for. Obama will be painted as an evil, Muslim-born in God-knows-where socialist when in actuality he has no more power than Romney would have had to restore the America we loved and respected.

The game will go on until the time is up for our nation. In the meantime, austerity measures will dramatically increase, benefits and promises will be lost by the poor and remaining middle class citizens who really need them and taxes will rise, as will the risk of gold and wealth confiscation. Obama will be blamed, just as Romney would have been blamed had he been elected president, for this is how our regulatory/debt democracy works today in the 21st century. A failed system of central bank control leading a failed economy, a failing currency and a controlled system totally divorced from control or limitation by the citizens of America.

The Solution is to Change the Political Structure

The solution is a return to a limited, decentralized confederation form of government like our first legitimate American government, the Articles of Confederation. One that is responsible to the people and ultimately controlled by the voters with the iron-clad political tools of initiative and referendum like exists in Switzerland today, where voters have the right to reject legislation and laws or enact laws outside the power of controlled legislative, judiciary and executive branches of government. Until we return to the Articles of Confederation, America and our liberties are doomed to extinction by the hidden control of international banking and economic elites.

After the election you can expect appeals from "so-called" conservatives or libertarians wanting your hard-earned money to support this or that cause. They will claim time is running out, the next election is the most important in your lifetime, etc. Time is not running out; it ran out long ago, and voting for either party or most candidates is just an exercise in futility supporting the corrupt system that rules over you. We are serfs and mere subjects to a system and few understand or even recognize the control over us.

If you want to be a free people again educate yourself on the Swiss system of government and work for a return to the government for which our patriot founding fathers risked their lives and property, the Articles of Confederation. Supporting anything less is just deceiving ourselves and screwing our posterity. We may deserve the kind of government we have allowed to take over our country but our posterity deserve better.

The GOP Ron Paul for President campaigns in 2008 and 2012 clearly showed how the controlled, two-party system in the United States will allow no real opposition to its approved candidates in either party. You can bet your worthless vote that new Republican Party rules at the 2012 GOP convention and at the state level in the future will control any viable opposition candidates. The only current outlets for alternative political action are in doomed-to-fail third-party activities that are little more than allowed but controlled political opposition.

To restore the original American Republic, we must change the controlled monopoly political system of government that controls and destroys internally or externally all opposition. New candidates or even attempts at party control accomplish little when the same powerful interests control the political structure. We must work to remove the system in place and restore the limited government of our founding fathers, for they had devised a system that would work well today with our ease of transportation and communication.

Remember, our children and grandchildren deserve a better, more prosperous world and nation than we have left them at this point. It is time we as a generation man up for liberty to redeem ourselves in the tear-filled eyes of future generations. The American people must work peacefully to restore the Articles of Confederation now or else suffer the permanent consequences of the fall of America.

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Spastica Rex's picture

Does anyone have pointers to statistics on voting participation this go-round?

Leopold B. Scotch's picture

Solution?  The only opportunity those who believe in liberty will have is when this collapses.  It will be a fight.   Train your young'ns in the values of liberty.

NotApplicable's picture

Well, hopefully backing Romney, Akin, et al., will usher in the end of Rand Paul's career.

Lost My Shorts's picture

It's unfortunate that ZH publishes so much of this right wing nonsense.  Romney lost because:

-- He is a greasy, unprincipled politician who will say anything to get elected.

-- Republicans say they believe in limited government, but in fact they push for absolute government control over women's bodies, which, believe it or not, many women don't like.  Republican "personhood" extremism is actually unpopular.  Forcing women to bear the children of rapists sounds Taliban-barbaric to a lot of people.

-- Romney never built anything (except a financial theft ring) or created any jobs.  The MO of private equity is to look for companies that pay middle class wages; buy them; bust the wages down to poverty level to improve cash flow; load up with debt; flip the company to greater fools before it goes bankrupt.  Read David Stockman's article on the Bain Capital record under Romney.  People understand that Romney is the reason the middle class is disappearing, not the solution.

-- Romney is more loyal to Bibi and Israel than the American people, and wants another expensive war in Bibi's service while denying Americans basic health care.

Amazing how many of the Fox News crowd can't figure out this obvious stuff.


whstlblwr's picture

Don't forget drill, drill, drill and no climate change.

Lost My Shorts's picture

Actually, dril^3 and no climate change are winning positions, politically.  Note that Obama forgot all about climate change as soon as he was elected.

whstlblwr's picture

Obama likes oily money,too. But losing positions. Romney number one method to increase the economy was to drill in parks and build pipelines. Sorry BIG OIL, need better focus groups.

CH1's picture

Obama won because half the country wants free shit and doesn't want to hear about reality.

(And for the brain-locked: I don't like Elephants either.)

whstlblwr's picture

Obama won because it doesn't matter. Obama Romney are the same ticket and status quo scared about out of control social situation if Romney wins.

CH1's picture

Obama Romney are the same ticket

Well, duh!

status quo scared about out of control social situation if Romney wins.

Nope, it was about parasites getting free shit. They don't give a second thought to "the social situation"... they ARE the social situation.

venturen's picture

Obama won because he handed out $10 Trillion in printed money and he makes a good talkshow host. Unfortunately neither of these are going to stop the financial collaspe of the country. 

AnAnonymous's picture

Obama won because he knew best how to please his master, the 'american' middle class.

The 'american' middle class got him on the job for the second time.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

AnAnonymous said:

Obama won because he knew best how to please his master, the 'american' middle class.

ROR! You good making the wordings laughter judiciously!

Clearness of seeing humourously creative you the words in writing.

You might be on something, send a script to Hollywood.

akak's picture

Indeed, the nattering of Chinese Citizenism algebraic coconutism is the much mattering thing, the crustiest bit, the topping of their inability to self-indict, the upmost of the glaring hypocritizenism of Chinese Citizen projection of own faults and failings of they onto suchlike 'american' mythological scrapegoats.

Alas, alas, alas, alas, pentuple alas, making funningism and unjust blameplacing is the heart and soul of desperate Chinese Shitizenism and dishwashingism, the longtime standing base of authoritarian, abortion-loving, Tibet-raping Chinese communaughty spirit, which claims to aspire to travel the stars, but really glories in roadside buttsurfing, such as is recounted in official propaganda stories like as Mousy Dung's Long March of Roadside Defecation of Chinese fabled past.

RockyRacoon's picture

Obama didn't "win".   Romney (read: the Republican Party) lost.  They beat themselves.  As has been said here many times, Obama was just the lesser of the evils offered.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Actually, he was clearly the GREATER of the two evils, but that didn't stop me from not voting.

Flakmeister's picture

Actaully LMS, CC was dropped when the Waxman-Markey Bill was tabled in the Senate.... By that time, O knew that any and all political capital had to be put behined Romneycare....

knightowl77's picture

David Axlerod thanks you for being a well behaved sheep

Lost My Shorts's picture

I am not a sheep.  I hate Obama, and sincerely wish the Republicans weren't such idiots and would lose their extremist positions and offer up a decent candidate.  If there had never been any such thing as the Tea Party, and they left it to the pros, the Repubs would have both the Senate and White House right now.  But they are too dumb to understand that.

whstlblwr's picture

Right, the Tea Party isn't about social conservatism, it's fiscal conservatism. Get it straight, blow hard. And all of us understand you were successful to co-opt the Tea Party and now you can blame them to try to redeem your failed party.

Lost My Shorts's picture

Tea Party is not coherent in any ideological sense.  Libertarians, American Taliban, and Christian jihadi all call themselves Tea Party.  What they have in common is rebellion against the party pros who sell out unpopular positions (like "personhood") to win elections.  The effective Tea Party MO is to set the ship on fire, then go down with it.

odatruf's picture

I accept that the Tea Party is not coherent in sense. Most of the "keep the government away from my Medicare" placard carrying, silly hat wearing fools are absurd. And most the ones who aren't absurd, are rent seeking GOPers looking to co-opt a movement.

All that said, they represent the only real hope I have that we won't slit our own wrists and smile doing so. If they can keep the intractable and unplacateable pressure on Speaker Boehner to not make some grand bargain with the Senate or Obama when the debt ceiling is reached and they force the nation to go through the managed bankruptcy that is required, then one day we will look back and build monuments to them.

For that, I am willing to accept the massive disruption, displacement and pain it will cause. And I have and will lose more than most.


Flakmeister's picture

Dick Armey as a front for the Kochs hijacked whatever well motivated protest there was...

Michaelwiseguy's picture

+ 1 for that Flak.

Shortly after the 2008 Ron Paul campaign, I went to confront Dick Army at a local Tea Party event in my neighborhood to protest their astro turffing the Ron Paul movement.

Fuck them scumbags.

odatruf's picture

LMS - it may be true that had the Tea Party never existed or had the GOP put up a firewall against them joining their party, they may be looking at electoral success today. It's impossible to know, but let's even agree that it would have happened that.

OK, now I ask: to what end? 

I think that all that would have been different with the pre-Tea Party GOP in power is the big government  priorities would be slightly different. We would still be riding uncontrolled increases in spending, we would still be sitting on a mountain of bills for past excesses, we would still be looking at an even great mountain of new bills to make good on current promises and we would increase the credit limit on our debt as a routine matter without any pause at all.  Spending on health care would still grow faster than growth of GDP, spending on the military would still dwarf the combined spending of most of the rest of the world, and the sacrifice of liberty in the name of security would still be wrapped neatly in flag soaked images and language of patriotism and duty.

And, the Fed would still be creating new fiat hand over fist in order to keep the mirage of low interest rates in place, at the expense of savers and anyone who must trade an increasing quantity of their labor for an inflation propelled basket of goods.

None. Of. It. Matters.

The. Truth. Will. Out.


Lost My Shorts's picture

I disagree.  There is a real problem with "my way or the highway" anti-establishment extremism.  You can't carry everything to the mountain top.  If you try to carry everything, you break down and don't make it.  Romney lost because his base required him to try to carry all their extremist baggage up the mountain, not to mention his own baggage.

The Republicans need to decide what they want to carry.  If they would leave personhood and Christian jihad and Bibi behind, they might make it up the mountain with fiscal responsibility.

Bicycle Repairman's picture

The GOP needs to listen to the grass roots more and the money less.  Right now it's all about the money.

Oldwood's picture

Really? Who the hell here isn't talking about money? I hope all of you contrarian assholes choke to death on the crap coming down the pipeline at you. Such idealists, only willing to accept the purity of vision that only the taliban could provide. Obama will proceed to suck the wealth out of the wealthly and when he is done he will turn to the rest of us, calmly proclaiming that it wasn't nearly enough, now its our turn. Divide and conquer baby! Thats what it is about. I can't exclaim loudly enough what a genuine demonstration of how totally fucked up this world is than reading the posts on this site. Jesus, just go out and buy the gas cans and start burning this shit down! That seems to be what everyone wants here. Any of you dumbasses got any kids you give a shit about? Or are you hoping for some new extended constitutional right to abortion, so those troublesome moochers can just be eliminated, even years after birth. Afterall, we wouldn't want our self pleasure to in anyway be inconvenienced by an "unwanted child". The self absorbtion here is just fantastic! Just wait until economic forces are in play to have the need for the "extremely late term abortion" when you turn 70 and they don't have the money to feed you. You can rationalize anything if you put your mind to it.

Flakmeister's picture


I guess Eisenhower was a redistributor of wealth...

BTW, Deadwood would be more fitting a handle...

Bicycle Repairman's picture

Dude, I think I may want to tear you another asshole, but in all that shit I can't find it.

odatruf's picture

LMS - I agree that if the GOP might make it up the mountain (succeed electorally) if they left the other shit behind and only or at least mostly focused on fiscal stewardship. That would be great for me.

But you are confusing the Tea Party with evangelicals and establishment GOPers. Yes, I recognize there is overlap and that they both have co-opted the movement, but I maintain that the core and insurgent TP stands for the fiscal matters first, liberty second and the other stuff a distant third.

So far, my way of the highway, as demonstrated by the debt ceiling stand, is the only position that produces results. Every prior bargain, deal, compromise and trade off has resulted in the spending restraint side of the deal being let off the hook.  Show me some action on the mandatory spending and say no to some special interests and then hold that line for a full budget cycle, and then we can talk about new dollars. Until then, I'll shoot the hostages myself. Metaphorically, of course.




Fred C Dobbs's picture

odaturf you seem to be the only thinking person on this thread.  I am wondeirng why I come to zerohedge anymore.  

StychoKiller's picture

Read "The Creature From Jekyll Island, a Second Look at the Federal System", 5th Ed., G. Edward Griffin, ISBN:  978-0-912986-45-6

US Govt spending cannot EVER be cut (until the Fed Reserve and fractional reserve banking is abolished)!

eclectic syncretist's picture

"the 47 percent, although with the best of intentions, are still only a mob out to get what they can from others who have earned or produced the wealth in the private sector"

What does the author expect, the 47% to let the 1% be the sole benefactor of Ben's money printing.  I mean, since our currency is founded on imagination only, and printed at will by the Fed, where does this guy get off thinking "fairness" is even part of the game.

CH1's picture

The 47% want to be pampered in their parasitism.

Bankers being scum doesn't make parasites noble.

Lost My Shorts's picture

Oh, and the other problem with Republicans is refusal to join the "reality-based community."  Like you, for example.  You have no idea who the 47% are, and yet you ramble on.

The biggest chunk of the 47% who don't pay income taxes are retired, and skew Republican !!!  Plenty are AWMs on oxycontin who voted for Romney.

What most people want is jobs with middle class incomes (which the Republican party has no intention to give them).  They are not parasites by choice, though if no jobs are to be had, plan B is just to survive.

CH1's picture

and the other problem with Republicans... Like you, for example.

LOL... I'm a Republican??... I mean, really... LOL!!!!

One of these days, you knee-jerkers should look up something called The Fallacy of The Excluded Middle. Really.

Lost My Shorts's picture

OK, maybe you are not Republican, but you chant the 47% meme like a Republican and do not belong to the reality-based community, like most Republicans.  Before lecturing others on fallacies, maybe you should consider the unreality of your own statements.  Who are the 47% really?  How many people would really prefer to be parasites rather than have decent jobs, given the choice?  You have no idea and don't care.

CH1's picture

How old are you, son?

You don't know a damn thing about me. I was deeply in touch with the dependent class decades ago... and not one or two.

Count de Money's picture

The post above shows why Romney lost: The successful appeal of the Obama campaign to the low information voter, and specifically, those whose vote hinges on a single issue. These are the people that were successfully swayed by focus group tested bromides.

Example 1: "Tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas." I dare anyone to find anything in the IRS code that explicitly says this.

Example 2: "The policies that got us into this mess in the first place." I doubt any Obama voter could connect the dots between the Bush tax cuts and the 2008 meltdown. So, no need to explain how, just give them the conclusion and they'll buy it.

Example 3 (provided above): "... absolute government control over women's bodies, ..." I don't see how my not wanting to pay for some stranger's birth control is "absolute government control over women's bodies". But again, no need to explain how to these people.

There isn't a single Obama voter who voted for what Obama stands for. Not one. Instead, every one of them voted against what they were told the Republicans were for, whether it was true or not.

geoffr's picture

What a beautiful, beautiful post. You hit almost all my pet peeves.

Regarding 2). I actually challenged a thread on Facebook to causually link the wars and tax policy of Bush (regardless of your thoughts on those) and the housing bubble and subsequent bust. All I got was mockery or changing of the subject.

Regarding 3). I had a conversation with a liberal friend and she thinks that way. I'm not sure, but in her mind if you are an employer and actually take normal tax deductions you should do whatever the government tells you to do. The camel's nose under the tent if there ever was one. Although I tried to frame it in terms of freedom of association, no dice. My best guess is that since most health care comes through employers, they can't conceive of obtaining anything on their own. So telling someone I won't force an employer to buy something is equivalent to banning something in their minds.

It's like that scene in Shawshank where Morgan Friedman asks the grocery manager if he can take a piss.

blunderdog's picture

    There isn't a single Obama voter who voted for what Obama stands for.

I think you're largely correct about the problem of the Repubs and the success of the Dems, but how could you say this?  Obama doesn't seem to "stand for" ANYTHING.

What do YOU think he stands for?

RichardP's picture

What do YOU think he stands for?

Self-determination for other nations??

CH1's picture

Obama is the Patron Saint of Getting More Than You Deserve.

blunderdog's picture

That may be, but it hasn't got anything to do with the Presidency.  It's not like he's the one giving away money--that's CONGRESS doing that. 

I suspect Medicare-D is going to blow up that system shortly.  It'll be interesting to see if anyone in the legislature stands up and makes a plea for sanity.

I doubt it.  They'll all just keep cashing paychecks until they start bouncing.

StychoKiller's picture

"The purpose of a System is what it DOES."

-- "Have Fun at Work", ISBN 0-937063-05-3, by William L. Livingston, F.E.S. Books