This morning I woke up and didn’t recognize my country.
This election cycle has been one if the most divisive in my lifetime. The incumbent, Barack Obama, ran one of the nastiest, most un-presidential campaigns that I have ever seen. Both guys threw blows, but one candidate was much more presidential in his tact and delivery.
Unfortunately for us he was also unwilling to attack the President’s performance when it mattered most, during the Foreign Policy debate. Libya was the most obvious, most successful route to undermine the Press’ reporting and the President’s own words. Romney, however, was unwilling to go on the offensive in the third debate because he had momentum that should’ve carried him through the election (turnouts from his last few campaign stops verify this); that is until Sandy hit the NE and the media largely ignored FEMA’s horrible ineptitude on the ground (It’s just as of yesterday being called the “Cold Katrina”).
A lot can be said for Romney and his campaign. That he was an “uninspiring candidate”, “too conservative”, “too rich”, that the “demographic of the electorate was wrong”. At the end of the day, though, his and his PAC’s GOTV movement failed miserably.
It’s not the candidate that failed conservatives in America, though. What we’re experiencing is the new Divide in America, an America where the majority of youth have always been handed everything. As children they were given trophies, as teenagers they were given endless tests where they weren’t ever challenged, and as young adults they were given easily accessible college tuition and education.
These young adults, ages 18-30, have been given everything and are in a “Hakuna Matata” phase of their lives, to borrow from the Lion King. They have abandoned the America their ancestors left for them because they grew up so much differently and don’t know any better. They need to see Mufasa fall from the proverbial cliff, be mired in and experience the pain that causes, and then realize that in order to restore Pride Rock to the place they and their parents grew up in that it will require hard work and dedication on their part.
We’re not there yet and I don’t know what will trigger it for everyone, some of us have already experienced it and are starting to do our part. I pray for the sake of this great nation that its not something catastrophic and that we can all come together to rebuild this great country as a nation united behind hard work and integrity when it does happen. Because if the majority never get out of the “Hakuna Matata” phase, I fear what will become of our great history.
May God bless you and our Great Nation.