COLORADO SPRINGS, CO., November 13, 2016. It is November 2008. Barack Hussein Obama has just been elected the 44th president of the United States. There are widespread protests in the streets. Obama’s image is burned in effigy. Celebrities vowed to move to Canada, and many now do.
The press is full of dire warnings; Facebook posts reveal the angst of the losers. The Huffington Post engaged a psychologist to write a column to help people cope with the outcome and to explain it to their toddlers.
How could this nobody from Illinois, who even Ted Kennedy once referred to as “Osama Obama” get elected to the highest office in the land?
Of course, none of this happened.
Instead the new president-elect held a press conference standing behind a podium with the seal of the non-existent “Office of the President-elect” emblazoned on it. He entered office in January on a tide of goodwill and even received the Nobel Peace Prize almost before being sworn in.
Heady stuff. The bloom was off the rose the very next month and never returned.
That month—Black History Month—both he and Attorney General Eric Holder gave speeches telling the Americans who had just elected their First Black President how racist they were. This was accompanied by a billion-dollar “stimulus” package and a billion-and-a-half-dollar deficit budget. Alarmed, people began forming Tea Party rallies.
Over the next eight years, a resurgent conservative movement began to form first around opposition to the now-revealed socialist agenda of the new president and later to articulate free market, limited government alternatives.
Fast forward to November 9, 2016. After eight years of being chastised, browbeaten and demonized by the federal government and allied media outlets, the people—75% of whom said the country was on the wrong track—surprised the media and the political class of both parties and voted for a complete outsider.
All of those things that didn’t happen in November 2008, did happen last week.
While Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama paid lip service to the peaceful transition of power, protests often peaceful but sometimes violent, occurred in major liberal cities such as Oakland, California and Portland, Oregon.
The media—for example, the Clinton News Network (CNN), dutifully reported the protests with photos, videos and interviews of the participants. Donald Trump may have won the election, but he was “Not my President,” as the signs read.
In what must be the worst overreaction ever recorded, a mother in Texas literally kicked her elementary school son out of the house for voting Trump in a mock school election. It would hardly be believable if she had not posted it on her Facebook page.
Such is the character of the left: free speech for me, but not for you. Toleration of all unless you disagree.
This is the very definition of tyranny, a word the left, by its actions when in power, as resurrected from obscurity.
Most of the country, however, will again give the new president a grace period. We will watch his program develop. Unlike the left, which speaks in code, Trump speaks plainly. Indeed, that was a part of his appeal. We know what he said he will do and we will watch to see whether he does it.
This election was a realigning election. Either the socialist experiment would continue or we would reverse course back to an America of individual liberty. Either Obama would be the first president of the new era or an aberration.
Americans voted for liberty.
To the celebrities who threatened to leave: go ahead. (So far, none have.) To those angry at the outcome: suck it up. You had your chance; it failed. To those apprehensive about the future: chill out. The campaign was full of overblown rhetoric from all sides. To those who feel the need to wear a safety pin: use it to pin up your big girl pants.
It’s morning in America, again.