The re-election of Obama was far more than just another battle between Democrats and Republicans for the Oval Office. It was a war over how American history will be written and the legacy that would define the Obama presidency.
How can America survive if she refuses to stand with her founders on what has always made her great? America is the super power of the world, but now it has been downgraded by entitlements to maintain a status quo.
Now that the election is over, the next phase of critically important work begins on these two fronts. On economic and fiscal policy, the closeness of the popular vote shows that Americans are really at a crossroads moment in thinking about our future directions.
The team of people working diligently to re-elect Barack Obama should really, right about now, be sending a big "thank you" note to none other than Karl Rove -- for providing them the playbook they are now using to maximum effect on Mitt Romney.
The problem isn't a shortage of scandalous stories. We've seen a lot of those. What we haven't seen, at least here in the United States, is a single indictment of a senior Wall Street banker from the United States Department of Justice.
We must admit that we no longer believe the democratic process should be informed by genuine debate, where our representatives give other arguments an honest hearing and respond thoughtfully -- and occasionally change their minds.
Eisenhower, Nixon, and Bush 43 all produced at least moderate income growth during their first four years in office; Obama so far has not. Unless the state of the economy improves, it's not likely to matter who he models his 2012 campaign after.