Tough election: what next?

  • Obama victory speech 2012

On Tuesday, America took a tough blow.

Many hoped that election day we would turn a corner.

They expected voters to repudiate the President responsible for jacking up the national debt, wasting money on Solyndra-type “investments,” and killing projects like the Keystone XL pipeline.

It seems the electorate chose instead to reward him with a brand new term, while in schizophrenic fashion, electing a House of Representatives diametrically opposed to the President’s agenda.

So the question now becomes, what’s next?

One thing is certain. Green extremists are already more emboldened than ever. Only minutes after his victory President Obama, who avoided global warming throughout the campaign like the pox, threw them a bone when he chimed, “we want our kids to grow up in a world…that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of the warming planet.”

Global warming alarmism is back and more dangerous than ever.

With Obama now immune to future voters, there remains no more reason to for him to compromise than he has in the past. He may have to deal with Congress on budget, but expect an onslaught of executive orders, mandates, and onerous regulations to pour forth from his administration. Expect EPA to wreak havoc on our economy. They’ve been holding cap-and-trade, a carbon tax, a renewed ban on offshore drilling and new regulations to stifle fracking until after the election and they are already on the fast track.

Perhaps most troubling is that Obama can finally push the United States into a renewed effort towards an international global warming treaty that could saddle our energy sector with unprecedented UN mandates, impose huge burdens on tax and ratepayers and strike a crippling blow to our economy and way of life.

UN talks on a treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol open in Qatar in just a few weeks. They conclude on December seventh. There is real danger that this year, Pearl Harbor Day will mark a new day of infamy.

Remember when a live microphone picked up the President of the United States telling the President of Russia to, “give me space….. This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.” We believe the President ordered his staff to ensure there were no live microphones around and then told the UN, carbon profiteers and a host of left-wing climate pressure groups the exact same thing.

Yes, things seem dark.

When she was Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher used to talk about the “socialist ratchet.” When the left gets power, government gets bigger. They give the ratchet a hard turn. When the damaging effects of their policies become apparent and the voters eventually turn them out, the ratchet clicks back without effect and government stays big.

Political change will come again. It always will. But will it be accompanied by less government and meaningful policy reform? What can be done to minimize the damage in the meantime?

At CFACT, we have work to do.

We’ve been working hard for over two decades. While we continuously refine our methods, we know from experience that we are highly effective. We will:

Educate. Inform. Take Action.

Some ask, “If we broaden our reach, can the lessons of history, science, economics and hard experience carry the future?”

To that we answer, “Yes it can.” In fact, it must.

We’re optimists. Our children and grandchildren deserve a constructive tomorrow. We’re doubling our efforts and expect to triumph in the end.

Facts, being right on the merits, and pressing on despite setbacks count for something. And while things have taken a turn against us this past week, we will bounce back and score successes in the near future – count on it.

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About the Author: Craig Rucker

Craig Rucker

Craig Rucker is the executive director and co-founder of CFACT.

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  • jameshrust

    Mr. Rucker pointed out dire effects from Presidnet Obama’s energy policies in future years. This information was known for years. It took a particular type of Republican candidate to ignore these killing issues and let President Obama set the agenda for issues in this election and assure a victory. Mitt Romney was not an engineer and had limited knowledge about climate science and energy policies. His advisers in these areas also had limited knowledge about these issues.
    We will pay dearly for these mistakes the next four years. All energy advocates need to work hard educating the public and putting pressure on Congress to slow down the this charge toward economic ruin.

  • major

    As per the previous commenter, astute politicians dont make these kind of mistakes 2 elections in a row. So the logical conclusion is that the RNC and the Republican Party is no longer led by astute politicians. The correct course is to dump the RNC and throw all our conservative support behind the Tea Party. When they were taking the lead we made huge inroads in 2010. When they were forced into the back seat we lost in 2012. These kinds of mistakes can no longer be tolerated if we dont want America to become the Gulag of the West!!