I went to bed last night in a sort of incredulous stupor. I didn’t sleep particularly well, and woke a few times during the night; I am normally a very sound sleeper. I went about my day at work in a… mostly typical manner; however, I have no doubt that anyone knowing me and paying attention to me closely would say that I didn’t carry the same snap and cheeriness that I usually embody.
I wonder why that might be.
I gave a call to my father when I had some time. We talked about what happened last night, and about the events that led up to all of it. We grumbled about all the same things that we here at the Revo have grumbled about over the last 24 hours. We’re largely pissed, and disappointed–almost none of the disappointment is with Romney, his campaign or the GOP. We were and are disappointed in the American public. We pretty much agreed that we have gone beyond the point of critical mass in regards to ignorance.
But then my father said something that really made me pause:
“Without the Great Depression, would we have had the strength to win the Second World War?”
He paused to let that sink in, and completed his thought with a phrase that absolutely defines me, and floats around my family frequently:
“Everything happens for a reason.”
The point he was making is that the Great Depression prepared the American people for the challenge of fascism, and the challenge of a multi-front global war. Perhaps arguably even the challenge of defeating the Soviets in the years thereafter. Would that success have been possible without the American people having been forged in the fires of adversity? Perhaps… but I’d wager not.
Let’s be honest, even if we had attained the presidency, it would not have been by a great margin. We would still have been faced with ~45% of this country having voted for Obama and the dependency state that he represents. Win or lose, about half of this country is utterly useless either way, content to sit (or encourage people to sit) on their asses and wait for the next mouthful of Soylent Green. Win or lose, we would not have utterly repudiated and defeated this cancer for very long at all. 4 or 8 years down the road, we’d have the same ~50% of the country clamoring for their goddamned bread and circuses again.
We’re often told that humans are the most adaptable creature in existence. If that is so, and we can rise to any task we are confronted with, then we are equally capable of lowering ourselves if the bar is lowered to the ground. Humans are by their very nature only about as tough as their environment requires, and as the current situation requires.
And folks? God forbid we (Americans or humanity in general) come upon another gut check in the next few years, as we stand now. Because we will fail. Spectacularly so, at that.
Perhaps someone of greater consequence and foresight than mere men understands this, as well… and is trying to do something about it.