Lessons to Learn from Obama’s Victory

President Barack Obama has defeated the odds and his Republican challenger. What does this mean for America? Let’s ask Obama’s Senior Adviser, Valerie Jarrett, who is considered among Democrats as “Obama’s brain.” She is alleged to have said on the morning of Election Day,

“After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges ready to go.”

One wonders in anxiety just what sort of “hell” the Obama administration plans to unleash on the President’s dissenters, but no such ambiguity exists in the phrase “Congress won’t be a problem for us this time.”

Americans who have paid attention to current events must also be dying to know just what was meant when Obama promised the Prime Minister of Russia that after he, Obama, wins re-election, he will give President Putin more flexibility with regard to nuclear-weapons disarmament and defense shields. What does that mean for America?

It is interesting that there is so much that is unknown about Obama’s second-term agenda, and yet he still won re-election. This, I believe, speaks to the superficiality that has evidently overtaken America.

If the President could not fix the economy in his first term, what could have possibly made voters believe Obama could fix it in the second term? Obama is fond of saying, quite correctly, that he inherited a mess. Well, if he could not fix that, how do voters suppose he will fix the mess he is now inheriting from himself? Obama has piled more debt upon Americans in four years than President George W. Bush did in eight. That is quite some heft to inherit.

But it appears that Americans are not so apprehensive about Obama’s second term as I am. And whatever happens in the next four years, those voters have to accept responsibility for it. They have no idea what they’ve done, but ignorance is no excuse.

Some things I have learned from this election:

You can win if you make women afraid and appeal to their desires to be taken care of by a patriarchal government. You can win by avoiding the topic of your record and devoting all your energy to tearing down your opponent. And you can spit venom all you want, as long as you sound passionate doing it; rhetoric trumps substance; reality-TV drama trumps serious leadership.