Editor’s Note: Researcher and analyst Bill Coates, writing from western Colorado, responded to the recent Geert Wilders essay in Centennial Review, “Marked for Death Because I Dared to Criticize Islam” (November 2012), with the following commentary keyed to Wilders’ warning, “My American friends, make no mistake. Islam is also coming for America.”
(Denver Post, Nov. 25) Show me a sore loser, and I’ll show you a loser. This has rung in my ears since the election, as I listened to some fellow Republicans and conservatives weeping, whining, and caterwauling. Not to mention griping, blaming, and sulking. Enough already. Good losers being similarly scorned, who does that leave?
(‘76 Contributor) Our house, like millions of others, had a very sleepless night on election night. Once the sky started to crack a little light we found ourselves in mourning as we contemplated the gravity of the election results. It is now perfectly clear that America has made it past the tipping point.
(Centennial Fellow) OK, enough already. The battle is over, and, yes, the good guys lost. Since then, everyone with a word processor or access to a microphone has joined in the autopsy. On the right, many are looking for a smoking gun, the one thing that spelled final defeat for Mitt Romney
(San Francisco) In America in general and this Magical City in particular some things haven’t changed at all since November 6th. The porterhouse down at John’s Grille on Ellis, and the salmon at the Tadich Grille over on California is as good as ever. Biking from Fishermans’s Wharf through the Presidio up onto and across the Golden Gate Bridge still offers one of the world’s most spectacular panoramas of land and sea. A solitary Kayak excursion out on the Bay watched by the occasional curious seal still confers a special serenity. An early morning walk through the cool ground fog enshrouded Muir Woods amidst towering thousand year old Giant Redwoods remains an almost spiritual perspective on the meaning of Time. A reunion with children long absent in faraway places is a reminder that the fundamental things in life still apply.
(Head On TV) Divided government continuing into 2014 and beyond may not be all that bad, especially as presidential second terms tend to go awry, says John Andrews in the November round of Head On TV debates. Not so, given Americans’ reaffirmation of Obama’s leadership and their impatience for government that works, contends Susan Barnes-Gelt. John on the right, Susan on the left, also go at it this month over prospects for the now all-Democratic Colorado General Assembly and what it meant that voters approved most ballot issues. Head On has been a daily feature on Colorado Public Television since 1997 and a presentation of the Centennial Institute since 2009. Here are all five scripts for November:
(CCU Faculty) Election 2012 is over and in the books. I am pretty passionate person when it comes to politics (cf my FB and Twitter posts during the national debates). Last night I sat with some of my CCU students and family as the results came in. The news folks announced a “call” for Ohio going to President Obama and the air went out of the room. My reaction? Disappointed? Yes. Forlorn? No. There are two foundations upon which I believe that make last night less “doomsday” as some are commenting this morning.
(Centennial Fellow) Pundits say that Hispanics, single women, young people, and blacks delivered a victory for President Obama’s re-election. However, these are only external differences that do little to explain the internal unity that each group shares in their irrational devotion to secularism. Secularism is the worldview that elevates the state as a source of redemption.
(‘76 Contributor) After the bitter disappointment of election night, I had to leave Aspen next morning for a journey to NYC where I had meetings this week. After no sleep on Tuesday night, I set out early on Wednesday for a day of travel hell. I finally made it to NYC on Thursday, and I found it surreal being amidst so many people who are so happy with the election result, while I’ve been despairing. It’s a by-product, I believe, of the Democrats’ divisiveness — the fissures in our polity are so deep.
Someone please tell me what is accomplished when Libertarian Party candidates divert enough votes to elect the Democrat and defeat the Republican. . Are we better governed as a result? Do grateful patriots flock to the banner of Rothbard and Rand?