||[Nov. 5th, 2008|05:28 am]
and in all ways, that's a relief, regardless of how anyone felt about either candidate or anything else. |
This is historic, everyone keeps saying. Yes, it is, not because we have a black president, however, but because we now have a socialist government, a one-party government with no brakes, checks or balances, but most of all, because the American ethos is now officially dead. By the outcome of this election, Americans have said that. Perhaps they're right. Tolkien said that history is a long defeat, and the West is living it. Europeans are ecstatic. Having discarded their messiah, they were in need of a new one. They are even calling him "president of the world"; they may be more correct than they know. Some of us, however, already have a messiah. For us, a good president is one who protects and sustains our constitution, a good administrator, efficient budget-keeper--rather dull stuff, I know, but we don't need an object of worship; we already have one. Those who have missed the opportunity to live the now-dead American ethic so often seem perpetually in search of rock-star phallic energy, while those who long ago recognized and accepted personal responsibility are unimpressed; we don't need to be "saved."