2012: The Year People Voted for Fear of Losing Their Stuff
Many many months ago, a blogger friend of mine told me how Obama could win the election despite the dismal economy, high unemployment and higher gas prices. All it would take, my friend theorized, was for nervous voters to think they were really going to need government handouts in this horrible economy.
It seems increasingly apparent, that’s exactly what happened…
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.
It is difficult to understand how a President could be reelected having presided over such a disastrous economy, but there it is: Because the economy is so weak, and people are so miserable and just holding on to their fingernails, the Catastrophic President becomes the only lifeline available to many. They wind up caring less about the economy as a general matter, because their survival instincts are just to keep themselves sheltered and fed. They are looking at the current moment, scared as hell of the next.
Obama should never be allowed to escape the fact that some people voted for him in 2012 out of fear. More importantly, that is was a fear he created in them. Deliberately.
The hope of 2008 was a ruse all along.