I read a piece by a lady named Laura Hollis written a few days after the election this past November. Hollis is a law professor at Notre Dame.
She is a conservative so if you are a big time liberal and are going to freak out—- stop reading right now. She makes sense to me but I am also a conservative.

Hollis does her own analysis as to why the election happened as it did.

1. There is the factor of being outnumbered. Those who vote according to moral and ethical principles are far fewer than those who don’t vote that way.
There was huge turnout by Catholics, Married women, men, Independents and Evangelicals..all voted for Romney but it was not enough to win. A larger segment of the population is not concerned anymore about living in a free republic and are willing to vote for more socialism/communism in this nation. There are also fewer Americans who do not wish to demonize successful people in order to justify taking from them.

2. It wasn’t the candidate. Mitt Romney was a good candidate; his campaign was well managed and well run.
But Romney was not willing to attack Obama on things like Behghazi because he found it distasteful..he is a gentleman unlike a lot of other candidates who are willing to do or say anything with highly personal attacks that apparently apppeal to the more ignorant among the voting populace.

3, Concervatives have abdicated control of the culture. The largest social institutions like education, the media, have become nothing more than an assembly line for cranking out little liberals. If Conservatives do not fight to take back some of this ground they can kiss every election goodby from now on.

4. America has become a nation of adolescents . The real loser in this election was adulthood: Maturity; Responsibility. The understanding that liberty must be accompanied by self-restraint. President Obama is the leading spoiled child and the behavior and language of his followers makes it clear how many of them have a teen age mentality. Blaming, finger pointing, name calling and irresponsible spending are all hallmarks of an adolesent citizenry.
“The warnings are all there…..the looming economic disaster, the inability of government to respond to crises like Hurricane Sandy; the growing strength and brazenness of our enemies . American voters stick their fingers in their ears and say Lalalalala— I can’t hear you. It is unpleasant to think about the circumstances that it will take to force Americans to grow up.”
(Hollis, direct quote)

5. The only War on Women was the one waged by the Obama campaign which sexualized and objectified women. The almost unmentionable things that happened at the Democratic national convention….speak loudly about the war on women….women who were willing to dress up as one of the intimate parts of a woman’s body—- suggesting that one should lose their virginity to Obama— and the wilingess to continue killing unborn babies in their mothers’ wombs are all hallmarks of the Obama campaign’s war on women.

6. Obama does not have a mandate.
“And he does not need one. I have to laugh bitterly when I read conservative pundits trying to assure us that Obama has to know that he does not have a mandate so he will have to govern from the middle. What are they smoking?”

7. The corrupt media. “I have been watching the media try to throw elections since at least the early 1990’s. In 2008 and again this year we saw the media cravenly cover up incompetence and the deceit of this president, while demonizing a good, honorable man with lies and smears. This on top of the daily barrage of insults that conservatives must endure at the hands of this arrogant bunch of elite snobs. Bias is one thing. What we observed with Benghazi was professional malpractice and fraud…”

8. “Small businesses and entrepreneurs wil be hurt the most. Wall Street versus Main Street Obama’s statist agenda will benefit the biggest corporations –as with the public sector unions–are in the best position to make campaign donations, hire lobbyists and get special exemptions from Obama’s healthcare laws, his environmental regulations, his labor laws…it will be the small business, the entrepreneur, and the first time innovators who will be crushed by their inability to compete on a level playing field.”
(We have alreday seen the exemptions from Obamacare handed out to some big corporations and to good friends of people like Nancy Pelosi who have big businesses. It will continue no doubt.

9. America is more polarized than ever.
My own observations of what has happened in the past four years and will continue to happen in the second terms is that Obama is a skilled community organizer… who plays by Saul Alinksy’s “rules for radicals”. He is not a leader as presidents ought to be. He has succeeded in using racial and class warfare to divide this nation as it has never been divided before.
And he does not know the meaning of true compromise and negotiation with his opponents in Congress.

10. America may have to hit rock-bottom.
“I believe that those who voted for Obama have no idea what they are in for. America is on a horrific bender..the warning signs of our fiscal profligacy and culture of personal irresponsiblity are everywhere—too many to mention. We need only look at other countries that have gone this route to see what we have in store.”

The analysis by this writer is in line with what has been on my mind since the election of 2008. We are seeing “change” all right, but the “change” is not what most of America thought they would be seeing.
It is all to the detriment of our republic as we knew it.

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Kay Syvrud

I am a retired elementary "schoolmarm"..I was a school librarian/media director for nearly 25 years before I retired in 2004. Naturally one of my fondest things is reading! I also love reading aloud to young children, something I did for so many years with amazing results; every child wants to read the same book as the teacher read!!!! I also am fond of my gardens...both flower beds and vegetable plots. I love being outdoors....mowing the lawn after my husband has done so with a big lawn tractor...I trim with my small power mower! I have a rain barrel to collect rainwater for plants! I have an old fashioned "pedal" bike I love to ride. I enjoy going to a Silver Sneakers class at a community center about 20 miles from my country home on what I call the "Buffalo Bluff" which overlooks the Buffalo River and its valley below. I LOVE to write and am working on a book for my grandkids so they will always know more about Grandma when she was still "kickin" and "had all her marbles"!!!!