Traditional conservatives and moderate independents are probably wondering how it ever came to this? Nationally, even though the percentage of undecided voters exceeds Obama's margin, one can only marvel at how such a radical individual could accomplish this feat. After all, America has historically been a moderate-to-slightly-conservative country. There is no doubt that liberalism has been on the rise since the 1960s but Obama's form of liberalism is unlike anything this country has seen since Woodrow Wilson.
One needs only to look at history to understand the psychology behind America's vote this year because history tends to repeat itself. Since the dawn of man, technology represents the only significant agent of change, seriously. And while social behaviors have also changed, mankind's primal instinct has not; therefore, using this logic, history is the most effective tool to use when trying to understand, in the words of Vince Lombardi, "What the hell is going on out there??!!"
Now to the point; the rise of both the Communists and the National Socialists provide perfect examples of what is happening to this country. During both of those revolutions, the Russian and German economies were tanking, particularly Germany's.
The Treaty of Versaille was economically unfeasible, and I don't think any historian of average intelligence would argue that point. And, consequently, post-World War I Germany was a land of sufferage. The poeple had nothing to work for because all of Germany's economic output essentially belonged to the countries she attacked. Her people felt trapped. And slowly, Germany's society and subsequently its economy, along with the rest of Europe (which depended heavily on Germany's engineering skills), declined into depression. This is the short of it, obviously.
Adolf Hitler and his National Socialists essentially rose "overnight." And you know the rest of the story.
Because a society becomes most vulnerable to radicalism when times are very very bad. Let's face it. America is in big trouble. The fat cats in Washington and Wall Street have fucked us, and we the people no longer believe that the government works for us. So now we'll do whatever it takes to tear it down, no matter the consequences.
It only takes some powerful rhetoric packed full of gleaming generalities, delivered by a charismatic individual, to capture and kick the dog while its down.
And, unfortunately, the most downtrodden all the way to average middle class Americans are drinking this toxic soup down to the bottom of the bowl. Anything to rid ourselves of the current status quo, just like the Germans did. This is very short-sighted behavior but, like I said, humans have behaved like this before. I hope America is ready for the "change" it is voting for, and I pray that we don't end up like Germany did. As we all know, Germany has never fully recovered from Adolf Hitler and World War II. I am in no way calling Obama a Nazi. I am merely drawing parallels between our society and Germany's prior to the rise of the radical.
Welcome to Hell.
As Glenn Beck said this morning, I wish I could cryogenically freeze myself for the next four years.