The Sheep Have Spoken: More Wolves!
Election night of which, thankfully, I watched very little was the culmination of a long, shabby, corrupt process ending in a celebration of a world that does not exist: participatory democracy. Americans were allowed to choose their destroyer. Would it be the guy who made his millions trashing companies, workers' jobs, and their pension plans and promised to bring these same skills to government or would it be the bland incumbent whose record in office could have been beaten by a cheap ham sandwich.
Luckily for the incumbent, his base came through for him. Hispanics voted for the man who has deported more of them than any of his predecessors. African Americans who lost most of their wealth under him and whose unemployment rate remains twice that of whites continued to back him. Students strangled by student debt he has helped heap on them came out big for him. Women voted for the man who enshrined the Hyde Amendment in an Executive Order and under whom, despite Lucy Ledbetter, the wage gap has remained unchanged. And then there are liberals and progressives whom Obama has treated with undisquised contempt and yet who through party tribalism, TINA, or lesser evilism continue to make possible everything they say they oppose: the wars, indefinite detention, the kill lists, the bailouts, the lack of prosecutions, reform, help for homeowners, and jobs for the unemployed, and finally the attacks on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. It is ironic that progressives have criticized Obama for pre-compromising with Republicans, and so losing all leverage, when they do exactly the same thing with him. And so it is because of you, Obama has his second term. He didn't even bother to promise you anything this time around. He doesn't even need to renege on any promises this time. He owes you nothing. He does not support your causes. He never did. He has been working against them for four year now and will continue to do so.
This election was all about the status quo. Would we choose to keep the same face for the status quo (Obama) or would we change, not the status quo, but its public face (Romney)? This was not a choice we had to make. The status quo is killing us. We did not have to legitimize the authors of our destruction. We could have voted third party. We all could have stayed home. But most accepted the non-choice choice they were given and duly voted for more of the same. It is as Emma Goldman said, "If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal." But nothing was going to change so the election went ahead as scheduled.