Here are just a few thoughts on the day after the U.S. election, possibly they are too cynical.
The campaigns raised and spent billions of dollars, a billion just on the presidential campaign. But nothing much has changed. We have the same president and the same people controlling the Senate and the House. So they spent all this money for. . .what?
The money spent converts into IOUs. As much as they may deny it, the politicians owe their contributors. The billions spent on the campaign is trivial compared to the trillions in goodies that cronies get from the government. It is all graft. And we lecture the Afghans about corruption in their government! Ha.
This means there never was any chance, no matter who won, to curtail spending and growth of government. The political contributors are buying bigger government. The deficits and unfunded liabilities will just keep growing because that is what the contributors are paying for. Behind it all will be Ben Bernanke–as I imagine him–sitting in his office holding down the control key and the P key, creating money out of thin air. He can just keep doing that forever, right? Or will the whole country finally turn into California or Greece?
The NY Times front page this morning was good. They have a fascinating map showing which parts of the country moved Republican and which moved Democrat. I notice that what I call pick-up truck country, where I have lived most of my life, is getting more and more out of touch with the rest of the country. Or as Micheal Barone says here, we are no longer on speaking terms. He references a book I read a few years ago, The Big Sort by Bill Bishop about how Americans are more and more choosing to associate with and live near politically and culturally like-minded people. Micheal Kruse speaks here of the consequences for the church.
“What makes it deeply troubling to me is how different faith communities have aligned themselves according to political affiliation. As a consequence the church in our culture has severely compromised its ability to speak meaningfully to the issues that confront us.”
Scot McKnight says here that for Christians it is all about eschatology. I bet I voted the opposite from Scot, yet I agree that our hope is not in politics, but in God.