2012/11/09 F – Party of No

It’s 4:56 a.m.; I just saw a flash of lightning outside.  Before that, a burst of hail; now more rain.  Thursday had been gray and windy, and dismal in general.  Wednesday was nicer, the only shroud being over the hearts of our people.

The sky glowed, or glowered, red on Monday night, and I knew something powerful was on its way…

The next night, the unthinkable happened.  As miraculous as Romney’s rise had been to us, so miraculous was his defeat on Tuesday night.

The Democrat vote plummetted from its 2008 heights by over 8 million, ending up with about 61 million.  The Republican vote also shrunk, by under 2 million, resulting in 59 million.  Along with third-party votes, this put Romney at a deficit of 2.5%, with 48.0% to 50.5%.  So, in all, there were 10 million fewer voters this election.  [Update 2014/03/09: Wikipedia currently says that, after the final tally, the Republican vote grew from 2008 by 1 million (from 59.9m to 60.9m), while the Democrat vote shrunk by about 3.6 million (from 69.5 to 65.9m).  Romney’s deficit went up to 3.9%.]

The Libertarian vote doubled from last time, exceeding 1 million — but, given that 0.7 million had voted “Independent” last time, if we assume they mostly switched over to (L), the Libertarian vote may have actually receded slightly.  So their bark was worse than their bite; a lot of Paulites must’ve gone for Romney after all.  Still, the bark was loud enough, poisoning the Internet against Romney, directly adding to the Democrats’ character assassination that was the focus of their re-election effort.  (Notably, the tiny Constitution party shrunk by half, while the tiny Green Party tripled in size.)

As prognosticated by former East-Mill-Creeker Karl Rove, Romney kept every McCain state from 2008.  He needed six new Obama states (or their substitutes) to win the electoral college.

Indiana, he won by 10%.
North Carolina, he won by 3%.
Florida, he seems to have lost by 1% (about 52,000 votes).
Ohio, he lost by 2% (104,000).
Virginia, he lost by 3% (116,000).

He needed one more state, and Colorado was the closest; he lost there by 4% (about 113,000 votes) .  The next-closest states were New Hampshire and Nevada, where he lost by 6% (31,000 and 66,000 votes respectively).  So the shortage of Romney votes that turned this election (without considering a combination of smaller states) was somewhere between 303,000 and 385,000 — between a quarter and a third of 1% of the total votes made.  This was not the smallest margin in history, but it was tremendously small.  This couldn’t be fully blamed on Libertarian ex-Republicans, although, again, their sabotage and abuse of the public mind was done long before Tuesday.

Not unexpectedly to leftists, concerns over vote manipulation have been voiced, some more plausible, some more specious — but all essentially plausible given the context of the Democrats’ media alliance, their extreme resistance to voter identification laws, their biased and neglectful Department of Justice, their acceptance of illegal foreign donations, their unscrupulous proclivity to threaten opponents (e.g. California’s Proposition 8, union intimidation all over, black voters threatening riots and assassination), and even actual admission of multiple voting by Obama voters.  Not to say all foul-mouthed, racist inner-city kids should always be taken seriously, only that there’s an ominous cloud of opacity hanging over this administration and party, automatically lending credibility to even the more debatable complaints of voter fraud.

Consider the neighbourhood in Philadelphia reportedly voting 99.5% for Obama.  Yes, they’re black and 47%-ers, dole-takers, and there could be a number of reasons, not all of which are illegitimate — but this is not a healthy democratic sampling, anyway, and not a party that you would innately trust to not be manipulating voters.  As far as I know, we can’t even get that high for Republicans here in the deep red Utah that our local liberals rail at as “monolithic” (and the closest we get is in very small constituencies); neither can our super-dense toasted liberal areas get that high.  99.5% is an incomprehensible figure for us on even the simplest issues, as long as more than one choice make it onto the ballot.

Anyway, there’s nothing to be done about it.  We could try litigation to get to the bottom of it, win or lose — even though Romney already conceded like the gentleman he always was; and like the birther argument, any legal merits that may exist would quickly be obliterated and buried by a barrage of derisive media.  The free press, the Constitutional press, once existed to expose and investigate things, pressure power-holders away from corruption, and demand accountability.  Now both the power-holders and the press are loyal to a single party, and all we have are some rogue sites on-line, some local papers here and there, plus the t.v. and radio pariahs, whose leanings can be as blatant as the old media, and whom we can’t entirely trust ourselves half the time, though they do the job.  We’re not China, but we’re not far.  Liberals call this “progress” — rather, they call their perverted neo-religious ideology “progress”, and scoff at any mention of bad side-effects.

As for China, the LDS Reagan who might have nudged the Chinese Gorbachev has now been tarred, feathered, and run out of town by a drunken mob.

Oh well; this is our destiny; we all know it.  God gave us a choice between two destinies.  This choice was made on Tuesday, but it’s also been making for decades, as the nation has reverted to various shades of paganism and non-belief, and stolen away the faith and minds of generations through mandated atheism in schools, and secular cultural arbiters.  You can’t deny Obama zombies their Obama; this is a democracy, and zombies are people too.

Not only has Nature mourned with my city here, after marauding the liberal east coast last week, giving Democrats more chance to either turn to God, or to dig their holes of hypocrisy deeper as they assailed Romney as a pretender for helping, then pretended but failed to help much themselves, and finally re-elected the guy who didn’t help them, precisely because he had pretended to — not only this, but the stock market average plunked down several hundred points in protest after the Obama win.  It’s nothing so extraordinary or irreparable yet, and that’s as much conservative money as anything else, that we don’t want to see evaporate.  Yet more, many thousands of job cuts reportedly came over the next two days, probably more today, some of which (Boeing) were said to have been hushed up till after Obama’s win.

You can’t even talk about the corruption of Obama and Democrats; you’d run out of breath, and you’d start looking crazy even to yourself, because how could it possibly be so bad and yet so many people be oblivious — the few who ever heard it having immediately discarded it because it challenged their new religion?

We walk away from this great stink smelling sweetly.  We voted aright.

God didn’t see fit to cover this up with a Romney win — Romney, who would probably move past it, abstaining from repetition of Obama’s Bush-blame.  God instead has lifted Obama’s pedestal ever higher and more precariously into the air.  Well, I don’t know all his reasons.  Time will show them.

We voted aright, and felt God’s peace and comfort amidst the trauma of Tuesday, at least… but it’s been a dark couple of days since then.

But this world of blindness, hatred, and atavistic “progress” was never our final home anyway.

If only there were some way to save these liberals, cure their zombification.  It seems the demography is against us, though; our civilisation is getting worse, not better.  Their murkiness is too deep to be pierced from the outside with argument.  It’s ultimately a matter of faith in God, enabling a person to recognise human selfishness and to vote against it, not for it.  I wouldn’t say all liberal believers lack faith, but they do compartmentalise their faith, prioritising the creature above the Creator, ultimately serving neither despite their good intention.  They deny God’s right to command; they make his commandments hazy and unknowable, except for one or two that they backwardly depict as bolstering their position.  They make a person into a slave, or a pet, or a vegetable, and then condemn their opponents for not “loving” that ex-person enough to do them the same damage.  Their imagined charity exalts neither themselves nor its recipients, but oppositely pushes them both downward, into their animal nature.

Yet Jesus will forgive their ignorance, as he does ours.  If some cognitive barrier prevents them from extrapolating doctrine into real life, they’re no worse off than any other sinner who struggles to fully understand and apply his right beliefs.  The penitent liberal may be saved.  The stubborn conservative may yet be lost.  I can’t fault the Church for passing civic duties onto the shoulders of individual members.  The Church does its part by teaching us right from wrong every conference, and turning us loose to go live it.  Dallin Oaks in particular just advocated what could be seen as a center-right platform, a Romney platform, though he certainly never said so.

Still, the Church’s congratulation of Obama is the Church’s.  Some guy cheats on a test and wins the top prize… I’m not going to congratulate him, and if I pray about him at all, it will be to defend against his future malfeasance.

…I know he’s just a man; he’s still my brother, Brother Barack.  He’s still a child of God.  So are his zombie followers.  I don’t wish them ill.  They’re all God’s children.  They only make themselves my enemies in a transitory and finally meaningless sense.  The deadly flaws I think I see in their simplistic beliefs can’t really threaten me personally, not where it matters, though they may ruin others.  Do we not keep our brothers?  No; we must try to; but Father God is our real keeper.

Uh, anyway, it’s 7:47 now.  Not only did our country lurch incompletely from left to center; my poor East Mill Creek inched leftward.  Unimaginably, our huge Romney vote had no internal effect on my part of town, and my votes were stymied in virtually every way.  For some reason, I guess I thought the liberals lived further up on the mountain from me, and up in Salt Lake and Foothill.  Somehow, I had the notion that my neighbours agreed with me politically, despite that so many have been re-educated at the U.  Here this summer I was thinking what a nice neighbourhood this was, how I might like to stay here; suddenly, it seems strangely foreign (along with the U.S. as a whole; this is certainly not the country I thought it was).

Our state had about 923,000 voters.  Romney won a majority in every county, including our liberal colonies in Salt Lake, Summit County, Grand County (50.3%, the state-wide low), and the wobbly San Juan County.  The highest amount was 90.8% in Rich County (no, they’re not rich).  The average was 72.8%, which was a 47.9% margin of victory (over 440,000 votes), the highest in the nation for him, ahead of Wyoming (41%), Oklahoma (34%), and Idaho (32%).  These contrast with Obama’s greatest victory margins, in D.C. (84%; pretty impressive mind-control there), Hawaii (42%), and Vermont (36%).

The ‘Justice’ candidate, Ross Anderson, may have gotten his national high here at 0.5%; Gary Johnson beat him with 1.2%.  Green got over a third of a percent, Constitution got over a fourth, and the admitted Socialist candidate got a twenty-fifty of a percent.

Hatch won the Senate race by a 35% margin, but he won’t be able to be in the majority party there for what is thought to be his last term.  For the House, Obama’s ally, Jim Matheson, who hurled back at least as much defamation as he received in the campaign, squeaked past our choice, Mia Love, by a 1.2% advantage, just over 2,600 votes (well short of the Libertarian candidate’s 5,700 votes; a true spoiler, in this case).  This was a double loss, since Obama also retained his power, but at least the greater House has remained fairly Republican.  With this, Matheson could very well remain in office for life.  He’s lost my tolerance, anyway.

My Constitution protest choice for governor, Kirk Pearson, got 1.7%.  Herbert held onto to power by a 40.6% margin.  John Swallow, John Dougall, and Richard Ellis, because they were Republicans, won state positions at respective advantages of 34.5%, 35.9%, and 38.8%.

Our state House district had nearly 18,000 votes cast.  I don’t know the boundaries.  The increasingly tenured Democrat, Arent, defeated my Republican choice, Dana Dickson, by a 21.9% advantage (3,900 votes).

Our county, Salt Lake, had about 334,000 votes cast.  Every one of my selections was overcome.  For county mayor, Crockett surprisingly lost to the overly boyish McAdams by 9.8%, or about 32,700 votes; I’m left to guess that this will translate to a tax increase.  For the county council, my choice of Joseph Demma lost to long-timer Jim Bradley for the at-large seat by 8.1% (26,500 votes).  The alcoholist, Democrat Frank Granato, beat the former Democrat I’d supported, Missy Larsen, by a fairly large 16.7% (12,200 votes, relative to the nearly 72,800 total made in that county district).  Two other Republicans held their seats in the Steve-friendlier parts of town.  Of course, these local Democrats can’t do extremely much more damage than the moderate Republicans aren’t guaranteed not to do.  It’s probably just a bit more tax creep.  Our brilliant, budget-cutting outgoing county mayor (Democrat) just announced plans for an absolutely necessary property tax increase starting next year, an average of $64, that residents must either shout down in some meeting, or quietly pay.

This “November surprise” comes, of course, after county leftists just led the way in approving the proposition to raise taxes for parks and things on Tuesday, to overlap with the new Corroon tax.  The bonds were approved by 12.4% (39,400 votes).  I had declined this one.

Also, those who voted to incorporate Mill Creek as a city to get some distance from these county Democrats’ hijinks are surely thinking up polite curses for the rest of us who managed to defeat the effort, largely out of the blatant paranoia of hidden tax hikes.  Whoops; the hikes came anyway.  Joke’s on us; happy November Fools Day.  Better luck next time not trusting Democrats so religiously, Salt Lakers.  I had other paranoia than that of taxes prompting my change of position; time will show whether I read it wrongly.  Of our roughly 25,400 Mill Creek voters, just about 15,000 (59.1%) declined city-hood (10,400 voted for it).  Based on the signs around town, I expected the opposite.  I have no intense pleasure of being on the ‘winning side’ of this one.  It’s really lose-lose anyway with so many quasi-liberal Democrats around.

If we had incorporated, I would have selected the least popular form of government: 6 councilmen with no mayor (15.8%).  7-member-with-mayor got 23.5%, 5-member council got 29.7%, and 5-member-with-mayor won with 31% (but this was contingent on city-hood).  It seems East Mill Creek residents hadn’t been particularly thoughtful about the dynamics of the numbers that my mom clued me in on; instead, they probably favoured the smaller council forms due to cost, the larger form due to increased representation or something, and the mayors due to wanting to be like other cities.  Also, the moot question of electing the city council by city district or electing at-large passed with a 79.4% margin (still not quite 99.5%…).  I was in the majority on that one.

Now, Dan Lofgren, my casual pick, won quite handily over R. Wagner Jones for the Granite District board.  For the State School Board 8 seat, the woman I voted for, Jennifer Johnson, beat what was probably her male competitor, Chris Williams.  Now that I think about it, I should have voted for the man, since the races with a woman and man almost all went to the woman by default of gender — not just making hypocrites out of the liberal preachers of false equality, but quite possibly also adding to the feminising and liberalising public school experience that is pulling kids everywhere into extremism.

The judges were all retained, even Christine Johnson, at approval rates ranging from about 76% to 87%.

As for the other items, I found myself on the plus-side of the trust fund vote (Amendment A), which just barely came out with a 1.1% margin of success.  21 of our 29 counties rejected this item, including my Salt Lake (by 1.7%); 8 of those 21 rejected it by double-digit percentage points, when only 1 supporting county (by chance, liberal Summit) passed it by double digits.  But while Salt Lake is the largest county, the #2 and #3 counties, conservative Utah and Davis, nearly equal its clout when combined, and it was mostly them who overcame the several-thousand-vote deficit of the rejecters.

Our propagandist organ, the Salt Lake Tribune, hoping to buy back some of the credibility they’d lost by having warred against Romney this whole time and having finally openly backed Obama, slyly endorsed the wealth-transfer-to-deployed-soldiers amendment by crafting an argument of grateful support for the heroic military.  It still has nothing to do with maimed or traumatised soldiers, only simple deployment — only class stratification.  This strange hybrid of conservatism and liberalism which I’d voted against passed easily by a 35.7% margin.

(These numbers are all subject to being updated, if other votes come in.)

Well, it was a dispiriting day, all told.  Very little else really mattered to us but the Romney vote, to see whether we were still a viable country, whether God still had a place here.

…We weren’t…  He didn’t.  Marijuana passed 2 for 2 in Colorado and Washington, and government-backed homosexual deviancy passed 4 for 4 in Washington, Minnesota, Maine, and even black Maryland, just four years after not-yet-so-atheistic black Obama voters helped stop the California radicalism (though the radicals later just nixed that vote in the courts).  Maybe they could vote it in for real by now… and keep screaming at the rest of us about carbon dioxide as the weather angel finally wipes them away for their entire abandonment of morality.  (These states, of course, all went to Obama.)  Repent while you can, liberals; once repentence starts seeming laughable to you, you can well suspect that God’s Spirit is no longer striving within you, and self-destruction waits around the corner.

But, we’ll see how it goes for us.  Good luck to that truth-averse brother of ours, Brother Barack, in not burning the place down, at least until we’re good and situated.

A selection of my comments after Dark Tuesday-

A retort to liberal gloating on Facebook the morning after:

God’s hand is in this, for better or worse, and we accept it without anger — but certain observations must be made.

This is still our country, and we’ll still try to save ourselves, and you leftists along with us, since your self-destruction will hurt us too.  We’ll try to pull your president back from the brink of extremism; but everything’s on your heads now, repeat Obama voters, you who campaigned with venom and bile, fear and hatred, slander and paranoia, bigotry and reverse racism, blame and revenge, and barely re-elected a deeply disturbed man because of his skin colour, who has nearly split this country in half with his contemptuous partisanship.  You could be forgiven for being dazzled and persuaded the first time, but now, I hope you’re ready to defend your willing mistake for the next four years — not against us, but against the political, fiscal, and cultural pendulum you’ve just shoved away.  We can’t save you from cause and effect.

It’s on your heads too, Libertarians, traitors to conservatism, perpetual adolescents; you’re lost to us, and may as well embrace your innate liberalism.  Though you rail against it, Obama’s record is now your record.  You knew it would be.  Don’t come back around begging, or claiming to be Republicans.

We fought well; we chose the right and kept our souls; others chose the wrong, and outnumbered us; now all of our choices will follow us.  If they say it happened in 2004, well, they’ve just made history repeat itself.

A pair of comments later on Wednesday morning on Facebook:

We walked through the mists of confusion; we passed our test.  We stood together and stood tall for this good cause, and it’s lifted us up and enlarged our hearts.  Every reason we had to hope for ourselves, we still have.  There assuredly will be struggles ahead, but the God who led us this far will give us refuge.  It’s the truly hopeless in this country, who fought so desperately and so ferally for their imagined salvation by the arm of flesh, that we should feel sorry for.  Their victory in this controversy was outward; it will fade.  Ours is untouchable.

Don’t forget what this campaign did. It pulled together radically divided camps of people with a shared sense of duty, decency, humility, and patriotism, and showed them that their slowly dying country would not die before they did. We may choose to press forward unto the breach; we may withdraw in disgust; but none of us is where we were when we started out. We’ll be called on again to stand for good principles before we’re done here. Not to be dramatic, but these are dramatic times. This campaign was a torch held high. A city set on a hill can’t be hid.

A consideration of loyalty to the president on Facebook yesterday:

A president, like any man, must conduct himself honourably if he’s to be respected.  Some can’t and won’t forget what he’s done; some will give it a shot.  Either way, if he repeats himself, we’ll all have ample excuses to reject him afresh.  And if he’s miraculously converted to the truth?  We can be a forgiving people, when forgiveness is truly sought.

Obama’s not my president either, and never was since his deceptive campaign four years ago and his immediately opaque administration; it’s a tremendous struggle to call him “President Obama”, and I wouldn’t give him the time of day if he knocked on my front door — yet I don’t dispute that he holds the office.  It’s really not personal; I know he’s just a cog in the greater machine of American decline.  We can’t blame gullibility entirely on the salesman; he’s responding to an opportunity.  We blame it on the gullible.  If we say he’s not our president, what we really mean is his voters have not voted wisely nor in the interest of our country; a piper came along, and they, as children, danced away into oblivion.  While Obama has capitalised on his specific attributes, his voters were already maleducated and ripe for media control and personality cultism; anybody could have snatched up their votes who was willing to manipulate their baser emotions.

A note on the Church centrism on Facebook yesterday:

This is a good alternative to thoughts of retribution, sedition, and tumult.  The Church has a long history of peacefully submitting to the final earthly authorities rather than inciting bloodshed — and further, the Church takes increasingly great care not to gnaw at the ropes suspending anvils overhead — not to unite with civil factions or needlessly offend those in power, since the consequences are tangible.  Is this the reason the Restoration didn’t happen before the American Revolution — the Church may have needed to officially sit it out as a fence-warmer while its seditious brethren bled and died for justice against their own government?  Yet, if we take this balm as an endorsement of a victorious politician or platform, we’ve merely tumbled over the opposite edge.  The Church now gives us two guides: we won’t institutionally choose a candidate or party, but we absolutely will individually choose them.  Our internal ecclesiastical unity, as far as we can help it, is paramount, and this statement is a reminder of institutional neutrality toward external civil controversy, mixed with some extra-doctrinal politeness and tact that we may or may not equally share, depending on our gifts; but whether we are individually neutral is our own question to answer by the same Spirit who leads us in all things.  Let’s not conclude that the Church or God wants our minds to go blank, or us to withdraw from the perplexities of the nations into impotent docility, or close our eyes to the judgments on the land, just because we need to get along with others and love our opponents.  I’ve spoken for myself.

A response to the EFM team’s statement yesterday:

You’re not alone; many share your feelings, and hope you also feel their gratitude and friendship, whether near or far, here from the beginning or here at the end.  While this was not a physical battlefield, the battle did rage, and ring in the ears.  Some gave more than others, but all who united their best efforts in this difficult, ugly, tragic, but glorious experience got their own small taste of heroism — and maybe sacrifice and loss is the only way heroism can end.

The cause is just.  I sometimes read verses like 1 John 5:19, “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness,” (KJV) and make a mental note not to use them in a debate, at the risk of seeming too self-assured.  Nevertheless, here we are reflecting on this bewildering turn of already strange events… and we, too, know, in a way that time, eloquence, and numberless essays may still fail us to explain, that our cause was right on Monday and is still right on Thursday, and that not all, but much of our country lies in wickedness — not that every Obama voter is or means to be wicked, but that in a momentous day of collective decision, although by a very thin margin, an easy falsity overcame a challenging truth.  It was neither honest political disagreement nor superior strategy that carried Tuesday, it was unabashed deception and outright malice and prejudice, exceeding the scope and design of our democratic process.  If it were war, these would have been war crimes.

I’m anxious to see what’s ahead, but not afraid.  If God leads us to the trouble, he’ll lead us through the trouble.  We’ve been humbled; let’s be more humble.  Already, many Romney voters have dissipated and fled, some in disillusionment, back to whencever they were recruited; but let’s make our determination like steel to carry on the work we started, bear out our convictions of principle, and retain our unity.  In the end, this campaign will have been an earthly effort, but it has been a symbol of something much better.  This gloominess will pass… but even the gloom of a righteous cause is far brighter than the sun of an unholy victory.

A response to an exchange on an Investors.com article today:

Jean Spencer, traitors (to their subjects) screwed up our last government two centuries ago, and traitors (to their sovereign) started our current one, with the loyalists around them whispering, “With all due respect, you’re advocating treason.”  There’s always enough treason to go around, when one culture and nation divides into two.  This election has cemented the fact that we no longer have American leaders, but party leaders.  We don’t believe Romney the non-politician, the great alternative to the extreme right in the primaries, was cut from this cloth, but what we have now (again) is one side winning, and half the country suddenly disenfranchised from self-government, their only resorts being obstructionism and deadlock, or taking to the streets.  It goes both ways, and when decent leaders like Romney appear but then get crucified by partisan media, there’s no foreseeable happy ending to this slowly enlarging social gap.  If the cost weren’t so high, we’d have split 8 or even 12 years ago.  The costs remain high; so far, resisting bondage would hurt us more than the bondage.  We still have a lot to lose; indeed, it’s Obama’s hopeless and changeless half of the country that loiters closer to the precipice of civil uprising.  If it ever does come to a split, we’ll have the chance, of course, to do it peacefully, as long as those in power don’t feel they’re being robbed…  Well, it’s a nice thought, anyway.

To borrow from Arcturus Mengsk: “Unprecedented and unimaginable though they may be, these are the signs of our time.”  Well, we’re not there yet, and can imagine worse…  Then, brave Fenix’s exhortation: “All seems lost now, but still we must fight on.”

The clock has by now advanced to 14:59…

Everything’s white outside, and the flakes continue to float down.

-Steve Foster

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