Guest Post: Why President Obama Was Reelected

Tyler Durden's picture

Via James E. Miller of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada,

It’s a safe assumption to make that the reelection of Barack Hussein Obama to the office of the United States Presidency will be talked about for decades to come. In history textbooks, 2012 will be referred as a momentous election year when the nation came together and collectively decided to stick with a president through the thick. Like Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, and other “transformative” presidents before him, Obama will be praised for keeping the country together in the midst of economic difficulty. In sum, he will be called a popular figure who triumphed over America’s old guard and lead the nation into a new era of solidarity and renewed social tolerance.

The lavishing has already begun with prominent voices on the left like Paul Krugman declaring the “new America” has made Obama their champion. It’s being said in major newspapers across the world that this new incarnation of the American experiment is much more attuned to the struggle of minorities and the downtrodden. They went with a President who will use the divine power of the federal government to lift the disenfranchised onto the platform of dignified living.

Like most of what passes for accepted history, this is downright propaganda. The country as a whole wasn’t frightened over sudden change by throwing out the incumbent. It wasn’t a declaration of a new, more diverse America. Shaping a new destiny wasn’t on the casual voter’s mind on November 6th.

There is a rational explanation for the President’s reelection which doesn’t invoke a deep or complex meaning. The only way to explain the outcome is in the simplest and direct prose: the moochers prevailed.

Obama’s winning tactic was to do what any respectable man does when he wishes to have something; he bought it. From cell phones and contraceptives to food stamps and unemployment benefits, the Obama administration kept the money flowing to ensure a steady turnout on Election Day. The coup de grâce was painting his opponent as a second coming of Dickens’ Scrooge that was ready to cut the voters from their trust funds.

The campaign made no attempt to hide this tactic. In an online video, celebrity Lena Dunham was tapped to extol the virtues of government-supplied birth control. The advertisement was aimed at a younger generation already guaranteed access to their parent’s health insurance till they turn 26 (and then morph simultaneously into full grown, self-sufficient adults). The video was a great demonstration of the campaign strategy but it was topped by one woman from Cleveland, Ohio who exemplified the public trough mentality on camera. Commonly referred to as the Obama-phone lady, this woman was so enraptured by her “free” cell phone and other welfare entitlements, she was determined to “keep Obama in president” to use her exact words. Though clearly dimwitted, Ms. Obamaphone was a phenomenal orator of the President’s message of goodies in exchange for votes.

Though it worked splendidly, Obama’s strategy was not brilliantly crafted from the minds of experts. It was the same bread and circus routine employed by the Romans and applied to modern demographics that relish in a victim-like mentality.  Women, the youth, blacks, Hispanics, and the elderly were all catered to through subtle patronization and outright payoffs.  It was the same tactic employed by the Roosevelt administration when the New Deal got underway. As journalist John T. Flynn wrote of the popular 32nd president:

It was always easy to sell him a plan that involved giving away government money. It was always easy to interest him in a plan which would confer some special benefit upon some special class in the population in exchange for their votes.

The 2009 auto industry bailout was Obama’s great tribute to Roosevelt. By infusing two auto giants with the federal government and still maintaining the appearance of their private ownership, the President convinced a majority in the battleground state of Ohio to put him back in the White House. Criticizing the auto bailout was the last nail in the coffin for Mitt Romney’s presidential aspirations.

None of this is to say the election of Romney would have meant the much needed axing of the welfare state and state-subsidized dependency. The army of bureaucrats tasked with cutting checks in the name of kindness would still work to expand their budgets. The wealthy interests the former Massachusetts governor looked to appease were welfare queens in themselves and would likely receive all the state coddling money can buy.

Obama won the election by catering to the worst of all human traits: envy. He demonized the rich while promising to take more of their income and give it out in the form of entitlement payments. Under his presidency, the attitude of the takers will continue to swell as they clamor for more privileges. Anybody who speaks out against the Robin Hood scheme will be called an unconscionable xenophobe and a hater of the poor. The protestant work ethic will slowly be choked into submission through deliberate iconoclasm launched by the political class and their pet media pundits.

The opponents of capitalism will keep blaming money and greed for all the ills of society. They will also keep wearing fashionable clothes and coordinating protests on their smartphones while drinking caffeinated drinks that cost the same as some third world country’s average salary. They will scoff at hard work when it’s the sweat and labor of generations before them that has created the living standard they enjoy today. Under their tutelage America will be brought into its final form of, as right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh accurately defined it, a “country of children.”

Economist Thomas DiLorenzo sums up the key to Obama’s victory in this pungent bit of fine wisdom:

Every time Romney made one of his “let’s get the economy going again” speeches extolling the virtues of hard work he terrified the millions of welfare bums and parasites and motivated them more than ever to stand in line for hours to vote for Santa Claus Obama, their “savior” from having to work for a living.  (It’s always the low opportunity cost class that has the “luxury” of spending half a day or more standing in a line).

With Obama’s reelection comes the onward march of American society’s degeneration into that of the lazy, bitter masses forever on the lookout to loot a hapless minority still trying to make an honest living. The coming brave new world will be filled to the brim with self-righteous individuals eager to shuffle around the Earth’s gifts to achieve some kind of equality. In the process, none of them will produce a lick of good outside of satisfying their own disturbed need to dominate. It will be rule of the inept over the capable. Barack Obama will lead the way. He will be replaced in four years with someone that follows the same doctrine. The collective age of the country will continue to collapse till it reaches just shy of an unclothed infant wailing for succor. Except it will be grown men doing the crying and no one around to feed him because the sensible among us has already left.

The people have spoken and made it so.

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Overfed's picture

Learn Spanish, sell your shit, and go south, WAY south.

blunderdog's picture

Freedom's a state of mind.  No one can take it from you.

Hugh_Jorgan's picture

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.”
? Alexis de Tocqueville

vincent van goo's picture

How about the high end moochers that drain resources by being the benefactors of the printing machine?  This article has it half right.  The high end moochers give goodies to the poor to keep any voice of fiscal sanity in check. 

At this point all of us being taken for a ride cannot change things via the ballot box.  Both parties have it in for us.  Prepare for the day of reckoning we all know is coming.  That is all we can do.

HurricaneSeason's picture

There are the medium end moochers too. Affirmative action janitors making $30 an hour instead of minimum wage and government workers collecting 2 or 3 retirements based on an 8% annual investment return and sky high fees.

gigeze787's picture


1) the "free market" is always the best solution

2) tax cuts for the wealthy create economic growth

3) government is bad, and government regulation is worse

4) war is good, perpetual war is better

5) corporations have the same rights as individuals

6) billionaires should be able to buy elections

7) multi-millionaires and billionaires should not pay any estate ("death") taxes

8) political compromise is weakness

9) greed is good

10) ALL unions are bad, and ALL union members are THE enemy

11) profits should be privatized and paid to stockholders, but losses should be socialized and paid for by the taxpayer (except in the case of a unionized company, which should just go bankrupt)



THEY -- AND WE -- WILL WIN AGAIN.'s picture

As if the GOP has done anything that resembles support for a free market.

"We're all Keynesians now." -- Dick Nixon

adr's picture

Compromise is for idiots.

Think about compromise for a minute. At best you can only be 50% right.

Sure there will be the people that make the claim that 50% right is better than 100% wrong. However, how do you know which part made the compromise 50% right. If you make the wrong choice and are found to be 100% wrong, than you know what the right choice was.

That is why the elites love compromise and the 50% division in the country. It allows them to make sure every decision turns out to be 100% right for them.

Benjamin Glutton's picture

you should be alarmed that it takes that much effort to make Obama appear somewhat liberal.

Moneyswirth's picture

The tipping point has been reached, people.  And we are teetering.

Obama and Congress used their power to pay off donors, pay off the poor, and just enough of a margin of those in between to secure election---Obamaphones, food stamps, the $7000 payouts to auto workers in Detroit, the solar scams, etc.  The list is endless.

The problem is the majority of people who vote see no longer see a problem wiith government taking care of their already ruined middle-class lives.  Upside down on your house?  Govt will cut some principal to bring you whole.  Can't find a job? It's ok you got almost two years to find one while we pay you to remain idle.

Romney's big "positive" was his "electability"  See how that worked out.  On a few occasions, Romney basically had a message of "if you wanna mooch, don't vote for me."  Even acknowledged as much in his 47% video.  Not saying I disagree with him, and I admire him for it, but the electorate loves mooching, indeed they need mooching, and have voted accordingly.

Thulsa Doom's picture

Go Galt and Cloward-Piven. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

GTO's picture

We are now officially a nation of "takers", not "makers."

The same demographics that re-elected "O", will elect Mrs. "O" in 2016 & 2020.

illyia's picture

Romney spoke and made no sense. Obama said nothing.

garyw's picture

Because half the country is employeed by government and pers are in danger. The combination of union government workers and the cheated Ron Paul supporters who did not vote or voted for Gary johnson or wrote in Ron Paul was over 6 million alone about 10% of the total voters. Throw in all that were afraid of Romney and voted to stop him and it was a blowout for Obama. Throw in the corrupt dibold electronic voting machines and the rothschild cabal and you have it all.

Lewshine's picture

Perfectly put Tyler! We will find those on Zerohedge that will STILL defend an Obama victory as some how better than a Romney presidency. I call bullshit on these apostates. A Romney victory would have sent a message ATLEAST to these govt. program leeches, whether Romney himself followed through or not (because now we will never know). As it is now, WHY be the idiot Entrepreneur who funds the evil on behalf of the lazy parasite, at the threat of jail or the point of a gun??

We will all soon see how deserving and responsible we ALL are to what's coming. Changes so defiant and bold, none of us could imagine...Because this is america - Right?


spooz's picture

Who the hell on ZH ever defended an Obama victory over a Romney presidency.  I would have preferred the flip-flopping plutocrat over the imperial president, who is now setting up so he can personally gut bankster regulations:

"The bill would, according to AFR, strip away independence from various regulatory agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, OSHA, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the FCC and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. These and more agencies would have to submit additional cost-benefit analyses to the executive branch, as well as submitting their rules and regulations for executive branch review. The immediate effect of this would be to slow implementation of things like Dodd-Frank. Review processes take time, and adding an executive branch layer gives Wall Street and other corporate interests another point of attack against various regulations. Heads of all the major regulatory agencies have already complained in a joint letter that the bill would give the executive branch far too much ability to influence their policy decisions."



monopoly's picture

This is a scary post. Notice it does not tell us how to get out of this morass. i am afraid I already know.

Urban Redneck's picture

In 2008, things had to get worse before they got better.

Now, things have to get a lot worse before they get better.

uno's picture

funny Romney " extolling the virtues of hard work" as if he ever did, he is the high level welfare queen along with buffet

Shizzmoney's picture

The only way to explain the outcome is in the simplest and direct prose: the moochers prevailed.

Yes and they work on the boards at JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and Citibank.'s picture

Many of them do. JPM manages the SNAP program and so you get a nice mixture of moochers high and low who benefit from that program.

“Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God.”-ThomasJefferson's picture

I hate to say it, but I have nothing in common with over half the people in the USA.  If for some reason, something unpleasant or tragic were to happen somewhere in this nation, my response now is: Too bad for them.  Let the government they wanted so badly take care of them.

My children are too young to vote; but I have many extended family members I am quite certain voted mooch because they believe in the easy way out.

Granted, Romney was not perfect. He merely would have put a band aid on the massive fiscal wound that sooner or later must be addressed.

Well the moochers, freeloaders, and all those who believe Barack will forgive their student loans, have temporarily won the day!

When the train leaves the tracks, most likely within Obama's second term, and the disenfranchised who so willingly believed in a take no personal responsibility mentality, fully realize just how precious freedom really is/was; No one but the most callous among us will be able to gloat and say I told you so.  

For years, the voters of this nation have taken the easy way out.  We elect no account morons because we ourselves are primarily no account morons.  


InconvenientCounterParty's picture


When you teach your progeny your twisted perspective of right and wrong, you will certainly reap what you sow.'s picture

He could simply claim that he didn't sow that. Somebody else sowed that. Might work.

Overfed's picture

Working hard, taking care of yourself, being self-reliant and not being a debt slave is just wrong, man! /s

sunnyside's picture

We have two problems in this country, the banker class and the government class.  It seemed to me that the powers gave us two choices for president; a lobbyist for one or the other.  Neither would address these or the real problems, but just pointed at the other one as the bad guy. 

Sometimes I go back and forth wondering is there is some great epic fight going on behind the curtain between these two with defections back and forth and spys or if they are really the same entity and just playing the side that pays better today like some advocacy lawyers I know.  Either way we are fucked without a real third choice.


pragmatic hobo's picture

the only reason obama got re-elected is because the alternative was romney.'s picture

Romney was pushed by GOP bosses because he was supposedly "electable." It was the only positive trait which could be assigned to him. But it turned out that he wasn't electable at all.

billwilson's picture

IDIOT ... and I am being too kind.

InconvenientCounterParty's picture

Double down on the failed propaganda of class warfare and race baiting. Invoking the fear of God in a way that negates religion. Never mind a majority of the population are learning to unveil that strategy.

I think many "failed white authoritarians" already understand that --but being authoritarians, they can't accept it and will stop at nothing to retain power. The only step left is M.A.D. and that is being discussed in mildewed basements across the "bloated gut" of this nation.

Welcome to the rabbit hole. Pull up a chair, the Taliban have been waiting for you.

Thulsa Doom's picture

Go Galt and Cloward-Piven. Passive and Active resistance at the same time.

Overfed's picture

O'bomb-a did double down on the propaganda of class warfare and race-baiting, and it worked quite well for him. He is also an authoritarian who will stop at nothing to retain power.

What was your point again?

ebworthen's picture

What really sank the Republicans?:


  1. Voting for the bailouts.
  2. Passing N.D.A.A.
  3. Snubbing Ron Paul.
mendigo's picture

Excellent points.
Interesting how the pundits routinely over-look them.
Why is that, I wonder.
Also I think the statistically insignificant difference in popular vote is a sign of confusion and ambivalence.

bigkansas's picture

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo!

OnTheWaterfront's picture

Rush said the Jews are using the Blacks as muscle against the Whites and thats why Romney lost.'s picture

But what I want to know is how do the Lithuanians fit into all this?

Toolshed's picture

Say what? Romney was EXTREMELY pro Israel, sadly. So why would the Jews work against his re-election? Because a drug addled racist said so? Why not I guess. Makes as much sense as our financial markets do.'s picture

Should Israel's plans to attack Iran come to fruition you can be sure that Obama will support them. A difference which makes no difference is no difference.

blunderdog's picture

They won their court case, so the bastards are marching today.

Charlie the Chump's picture


Commissaration from England, sorry for your loss.

Welcome to the new socialist order, if you carry on like this you'll qualify to join the European Union!

As your Heritage Foundation says keep on fighting this pernicious welfare led decline. 

JohnKing's picture

duplicate post....

JohnKing's picture

The GOP alienated Ron Paul people, they stayed home. Had RP been given his due (several primary wins) and been accepted with floor time, etc. Romney would have won. You can't abuse the liberty bloc of the GOP and expect to win any election.

I do believe though that the GOP would rather lose the election than give Ron Paul his day in the sun, that is just to scarey for them, scarier than an Obama win.

therearetoomanyidiots's picture

You're right, it was much better to give the presidency back to Obama, rather than let the GOP put down Ron Paul.  We're much better off with Obama in office...


How does that work again?

azzhatter's picture

keep obama in president

sunnyside's picture

And that woman voted.  I truly believe that people like that should not be allowed to vote (they make the case for a republic instead of a democracy) but have no idea how to bring something like that up without getting shouted down as racist. She is an idiot and it has nothing to do with the amount of melanin in her skin.


We are not mature enough any more as a society to have certain discussions.

TomGa's picture

"We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America."

-- Barack Obama, October 30, 2008


sub*vert v. 1. To undermine or erode, epsecially with regards to the character of, principles of, or allegiance to; 2. To ruin or corrupt


"Barack Obama promised to 'fundamentally transform' America as our nation's president. That's not surprising, because in various ways most presidential candidates say they will do just that.


But it's different with President Obama, because his plans, dreams, and vision for the United States are irreconcilably at odds with the most important thing our nation's Founders gave us and hoped for us to keep safe forever: our Constitution. The Constitution of the United States stands in the way of what Barack Obama wants to do.


For Obama to remake our country into what he wants it to be, he must subvert the Supreme Law of the Land.


Key parts of the Constitution are designed to protect us from our own government. Obama konws he must execute an aggeressive strategy to disarm those constitutional safeguards, to free himself from its constraints so that he can truly 'fundamentally transform' this nation.


And that's what he's doing."