Over at the National Post Jonathan Kay suggests it's a dark day for American conservatism. I would say it's a dark day for America.
America has rewarded a President who took debt levels to unheard of levels and food stamp recipients to record highs -- with promises of more of the same. Americans have chosen big government over personal responsibility and socialism over self-reliance. Once a people goes down this path, it's hard to reverse -- witness Greece. Socialism saps moral fibre and once that goes a nation no longer has what it takes to do what it takes to reverse decline -- they just run out the clock until they run out of future.
And that is the course America is now on.
The millions of Americans living on the edge of reduced incomes who had hoped for a self-reliant Republican-led recovery in America -- I'm thinking of several friends as I write this from Phoenix -- might just as well get used to it; there isn't going to be one. They might as well give up, give in, and get in line for the free phones and food stamps.
Of course, the giving up and giving in is what is evil and pernicious about socialism's allure -- it destroys one's moral fibre. That is how socialism wins -- one diminished, collapsed soul at a time.
And that's the way the Ball bounces.