It’s been two years since Obama was elected president of the United States. In less than two year since Obama’s inauguration, Obama’s approval rating has fallen from +21 with 44% of Americans strongly approving of Obama and only 23% strongly disapproving to a rating of -16, with 43% strongly disapproving, and just 27% strongly approving. And just two days ago, we saw the largest Republican turnover in congress since the end of World War II. Many people on the radio, TV, etc. are asking the same question: what happened? Where did Obama go wrong? How did such a wildly successful campaign in 2008 turn into the disaster it has become? I don’t think anyone believes that the nation has really undergone a mass conversion from liberalism to conservatism in the last two years. So how is it that just two years after the major democratic victories of 2008, democrats are now being thrown out of Washington in the largest numbers of most of our lifetimes?
The most common answer that I’ve heard is that “people are angry about the economy”. This may be partially true. But I highly doubt that the economy is really the main reason for this republican take-over. I think the main-stream media is blaming the economy for one reason: they still want to be able to blame Bush. Of course, the “it was Bush’s fault” platform has worn very, very thin over the last few years. Most people realize that with the Democrats controlling the house, senate, and the presidency, they really have no excuse for not getting done whatever is needed to correct whatever things they say Bush did wrong. But the blame-Bush platform is much better than the alternative.
What is the alternative that the liberal media doesn’t want to face? What are Americans really upset about? I don’t think it’s the economy. I think the nation is angry about the unbelievable wave of liberalism that’s swept the nation in the past two years. I think America is mad about congress ignoring the roughly 60% of Americans who were opposed to Obamacare and who still want it to be repealed. I think Americans are disgusted that we have such an incompetent, indulgent president. And I think most of all, Americans are finally being disillusioned about who Obama truly is.
When Americans voted for Obama in 2008, I don’t think they were voting for Obamacare, a trillion dollars of stimulus spending, a liberal foreign policy, etc. I think they were voting for a black charismatic “rock-star” with a young face, good personality, and general appeal. It’s sad to think of the American people being this stupid, but I truly believe that Obama’s charisma and personality, along with his race are what got him elected. If that’s the case, it means that Americans are a bunch of stupid, gullible, racist idolizers who are just waiting to find some celebrity to bow down to and worship. I’m sorry to be so critical of America. But this is simply the only explanation I can see for the events of the past two years.
It shouldn’t come as any surprise, really. After all, we live in a culture that’s celebrity driven. Good looks and good personality are all that is required for fame, fortune and popularity in nearly every other area of American culture; why shouldn’t we expect to see exactly the same things in politics? American Idol, the TV show in which the general viewing audience is asked to call in their votes for the winners of a talent show, is currently the most watched TV series and is also one of the most popular television shows of all time. It’s interesting to note that in the eight season of American Idol, a total of 624 million votes were cast for various performers, while the voter turnout in the presidential election a year before was only 132 million. Granted, viewers of American Idol can vote as many times as they want in a given two hour period, but the point is still an interesting one. The most popular TV show is a show where viewers get to vote for their favorite celebrity based on their looks and talent. Obviously, our culture cares a great deal about celebrities. Why shouldn’t we expect to see a spillover of the celebrity mania from entertainment into politics?
It is sad when such historic events as the elections in the last two years have to be explained away as the result of a culture too stupid to see past good looks and personality when deciding who the next leader of our nation will be. But there is some hope. First, only 52.9% of voters voted for Obama, which means that for whatever reason, the other 46.1% weren’t swept along in the wave of celebrity worship which landed Obama in the White House. And among the 52.9% who did vote for Obama, a large majority of those voters would vote for any liberal, regardless of how charismatic he or she is. So that means that a relatively small number of Obama voters were motivated purely by Obama idolization. This gives some hope, though it’s also quite sobering because it shows what a lot of damage just a (relatively) few stupid people can do.
Something that offers just a little bit more hope is what happened last Tuesday. Apparently, the people who were swept to the polls by Obama’s wave of charisma eventually did see through the façade of personality and catchy slogans, at least enough to vote against Obama’s liberal agenda and all of Obama’s many stupid mistakes. Hopefully, this is an indicator that the nation as a whole is not too far gone, at least not yet.
The next two years are going to be very interesting to watch. There are a lot of things that could go wrong for Republicans between now and then. Republicans need to watch their step in congress. It is absolutely critical for a Republican victory in 2012 that the Republicans stick to their guns, do not compromise or moderate, and do what the American people sent them there to do: repeal healthcare (or at least do as much as they can to stop it, which may be tricky without control of the senate). With any luck, the celebrity worshipers who got carried away with Obama in 2008 have learned their lesson, and won’t be so easily fooled again by catchy slogans and young faces in 2012.