Even if Mitt Romney eeks out a victory in tomorrow's presidential election, I will not feel much like celebrating. The fact that he has to eek out that election at all is what depresses me.
Bear with me as I recount a tale that will make sense when I'm finished.
On May 12, 1987, I was a freshman in high school, and my 5th period P.E. class was underway. It was near the end of the school year, and we were performing a physical fitness test to see how far we had come that school year. The first apparatus was pullups - jump up to the bar and knock out as many as you could until you could do no more.
I had already had my turn doing my pullups, and was now watching Zach, a classmate of mine, jump up and grab the pullup bar. He knocked out five pullups or so, walked away from the pullup bar, said, "That's it for me," and then promptly collapsed on the floor, struggling to breathe. His breathing became more labored as he developed a panicked look on his face that turned from ashen gray to blue. Paramedics soon arrived, and we students were quickly ushered out of the gym. Several minutes later, the paramedics walked out of the gym and, without any sense of urgency, began putting their equipment back into the ambulance. It quickly became apparent to all of us that Zach had died on the gym floor. Between that day and the funeral a week later, rumors began swirling that on the day he died, Zach and some buddies had spent the 4th period lunch hour shotgunning a bunch of beers on the wooded hillside overlooking the football field. It was feared that his physical exertion had joined forces with a massive amount of alcohol to stop his heart.
Several weeks later, the toxicology reports were released, and it turned out that Zach did indeed have a small amount of alcohol in his system that day. What I found disturbing was peoples' reaction to the news. They seemed to breathe a collective sigh of relief, saying that it was a good thing that his blood alcohol level was not what did Zach in.
Meanwhile, I wanted to scream from the rooftops, "Folks! Aren't you paying attention? It may have only been a little bit, but ZACH HAD ALCOHOL IN HIS SYSTEM!"
So what does this have to do with tomorrow's presidential election? I am going to have a similar reaction if Mitt Romney pulls out a victory. If he gets the 270 electoral votes he needs, Republicans will breathe that same sigh of relief and celebrate that Romney defeated the Democrats and Barack Obama. Meanwhile, I will have that same urge to scream from the rooftops, "Folks! Aren't you paying attention? Romney may have won, but he barely squeezed out a victory! This election should not have been a nail biter down to the very last day before the election!"
If demography is destiny, then Romney's victory tomorrow - should he even win - could very well be the final victory for a Republican candidate, let alone a true Reaganesque conservative, and I do not consider Mitt Romney to be a true Reaganesque conservative.
With each passing year, the ethnic makeup of this country is changing, and has been since 1965 when Lyndon Johnson signed that year's infamous Immigration Act. As our country fills up with more and more people from third-world countries and their offspring, the statists in the Democrat Party will gain more and more voters every year, as most of these immigrants and their offspring - legal and illegal - tend to vote Democrat.
With the mess Barack Obama has made of this country while doing his best impression of Jimmy Carter, he should be getting steamrolled tomorrow in the Electoral College vote. Instead, many prognosticators have Obama winning the EC vote by 290-248. Even the most optimistic prediction showing Romney as the winner is pundit Dick Morris's projection of 325-213. When Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter in 1980, Reagan won the EC vote 489-49, winning such states as California, Massachusetts, New York, Illinois, Vermont, Delaware, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania - all states that a Republican has little to no chance of winning today. Each passing election cycle sees our country grow less and less conservative; not because traditional Americans have rejected conservatism - heck they are the only ones still voting like the old days. No, it is the newer Americans from Latin America and Asia who have been imported here from cultures that are incompatible with our governmental system and culture that was designed to embrace personal liberty and smaller government. Add to this the millions of black Americans who monolithically vote 90-95% Democrat, and you begin to see the writing on the wall. The only reason that Mitt Romney even has a prayer of winning this election cycle is because Barack Obama has truly done that horrible of a job as president. Were he even partially successful in his endeavors, Obama would handily be on the way to winning reelection right now.
And yeah, when I say "traditional Americans," that inevitably describes Americans who are of European descent. Prior to the Immigration Act of 1965, the people of the United States were about 90% European heritage. Even when they elected Democrats, the Democrats they elected may have had some screwy ideas (I'm looking at you FDR!), but by and large, these Democrats, who also included Truman, Kennedy, and two-time candidate Adlai Stevenson, at least purported to put America first. Through both his words and actions, especially regarding the middle east, I cannot say the same for Barack Obama, nor for the millions who plan on voting for him this second time around.
I realize I am speaking in rather broad generalities, and if I dig a bit deeper into my own arguments, even I could pick them apart on several issues. However, you would be hard-pressed to deny that what I say above - although it may be uncomfortable to discuss - is generally true.
So, let's see what happens tomorrow. Whoever wins, I have a feeling it is going to a long night before we finally find out.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson