Lessons from the Election

A few thoughts and questions after the Presidential Election...

Needless to say I was shocked and dismayed at the results on Election Day.  There is really no conclusion to be drawn other than America in large part voted for bigger government, less freedom and less personal responsibility.  Unfortunately, this country has taken a turn away from our historic roots and towards a very uncertain future.  Here are some thoughts about what it all means for this country…

  • Many people have tried to make this election about race (again) but my objection to President Obama falls squarely on what his policies have been and what he still intends to accomplish.  In his first election, he promised to “fundamentally transform” this country and many people voted for him without even bothering to ask the simple question…Into What?  Time & the Presidents’ record have now answered this question for us.  President Obama is an anti-colonialist hater of what America stands for. His formative years occurred outside of this country and away from all of the experiences that makes one fundamentally American.  President Obama may be a citizen of this country legally but it is becoming clear that he is not an American in the way that a person who is reared in this country would be. He instead subscribes to a third world anti-colonial belief system that rejects Western philosophy and values.  He also believes that American intervention globally has been an evil inflicted upon the rest of the undeveloped world.  This belief will result in America becoming weaker economically & militarily. His worldview is the antithesis of what this country has stood for since it’s founding. Simply put…President Obama wants to punish America by making this country no stronger or better than any other country in the world. President Obama does not believe in American Exceptionalism.
  • 60+ percent of regular church attenders voted for Mitt Romney & 60+ percent of non-church attenders went for Barack Obama.
  • This is what happens when almost 50% of this country gets checks from the government. We have to reform our entitlement mentality or face the eventual collapse of this country. We were warned:

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”

― Alexis de Tocqueville

  • During this weekend devoted to the Marine Corps birthday & Veterans Day I think about all the sacrifice required to build and defend this nation. All of the people who died pushing back fascism, totalitarianism, & communism…Now we have a party and a President that are intent on destroying America from the inside.
  • The African-American community has actually fared the worst in this bad economy. President Obama has demonized and targeted the people who actually create the jobs for EVERYONE in this country. He has been an abject failure in virtually every metric that Presidents are measured on.  I ask myself would he have been re-elected had he been a white democrat?
  • I don’t understand why the African-American community is so attached to a party that went to war over slavery, created segregation in the South, fights for social programs that keep people in poverty & wants this country to be a weaker place to live. The Democrats have brought & keep minority communities’ in disproportionate unemployment, rates of incarceration, and lower rates of education. The Democrats stand as a party nationally for almost nothing that people of faith believe in. Real change will come to our historically minority areas when historic party allegiance is abandoned in favor of demanding results and accountability. We need more diversity in the Republican Party but it must come based on our values and not through political capitulation….Republicans are the party of Lincoln by the way.
  • Hispanic voters accounted for around 10% of the total electorate for the first time in this countries history.  We must do more to reach out to this constituency and explain what our conservative values really mean.
  • The Republican Party must move past the party of middle-aged white men if we want to remain relevant in national elections. Conservatism has a powerful message but we must make it more relevant to people before election season arrives.  Our investment in young, minority & female voters must be happening all the time and with a message that is real.  We can’t show up 12 months before an election and expect to have any credibility…especially if we come from a different cultural background.


We have had our time to mourn for the uncertainty of this country as a result of last Tuesday. Now it is time to go back to work, keep fighting and make sure that America still stands as a beacon of freedom to the world.  When I enlisted into the Marine Corps, I raised my hand and promised to defend this country against our enemies foreign and DOMESTIC.  President Obama is the most dangerous domestic threat this country has faced since WWII.  Our task will be tougher and the road much longer but with faith and perseverance America will always be that shining city on a hill.

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AJ Price November 12, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Lessons indeed. The sad part is that those of us that study history are now subject to the decisions of those that are the less astute observer in the fallings of great societies. I can't help but wonder what our future will be like... after the past election I was tempted to throw my hands up and say "that's it, we've officially crossed that bridge that Tocqueville described, I'm done with this stuff". However, the more I think about it, I'm almost thinking that maybe we need some really hard times to make everyone appreciate what we "used" to have. We're going to go through some very hard times, and hopefully we can recover. Thank you Matt for your perspective, it's nice to know there are people that are paying very close attention.
JWH November 13, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Both parties platforms are based on entitlements. The Dems offer entitlements to the masses (hence the election results), while the GOP offers entitlements to Wall Street, big banks, etc. Herein lies the disfunction of our country, the working men and women have been abandoned. The GOP foolishly assumed that by tugging at the morals of "middle class" working Americans with social issues, we would flock to the polls to elect Rommney. As a Christian, why would I want the White House to do the job of God's House? If we as Christians would do the only job our Father Commisioned us to do, only faith centered candidates would survive. Our political system is failing, Both parties have strayed from the ideals of Lincolin,Kennedy, and Reagan.
Matt Shultz November 15, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Interesting look at the election maps by population... http://www.mattshultz.org/?p=1313
Bubba Dupree August 07, 2013 at 08:16 AM
Seems that this blog stopped just after the election results sank in. Are you doing OK, Matthew?
Matt Shultz August 07, 2013 at 08:40 AM
I am doing fine...you can find me commenting at www.mattshultz.org. Things have gone about how I expected. Economy is still bad, people have less choice with their healthcare, and we are weaker internationally because of the President.


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