The election may be over, but the political rhetoric is just getting started. Political pundits are scrambling to make their claims about what the election results mean for the future. Let's take a quick look at the results (as I know them).
Republicans take control over the House of Representatives
Democrats retain control of the Senate
Rand Paul defeats Jack Conway for Kentucky Senate (56% - 44%)
Marco Rubio defeats Charlie Christ and Kendrick Meek for Florida Senate (50% - 29% - 19%)
Christine O'Donnell loses to Chris Coons for Delaware Senate (57& - 40%)
Sharron Angle loses to Harry Reid for Nevada Senate (50% - 45%)
One Fox website summarized the results by saying, "The Tea Party victories by Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida underscored the extent to which Republicans and Democrats alike may have underestimated the power of the Tea Party, a loosely-affiliated, at times ill-defined, coalition of grass-roots libertarians and disaffected Republicans."
So what do you think this means for the future? Are the election results an indication that Americans have come to their senses? Do you think the government has "seen the light" and realizes they can't get away with future economic bailouts? Or do you think the government is still in total control, and allowed us to "blow off some steam" by letting us think that we still have an affect on the outcome of political elections?
Before you decide, look at the results of these two Liberty candidates for Governor:
Rick Perry (R) - 55.83%
Bill White (D) - 41.38%
Kathie Glass (L) - 2.21%
Deb Shafto (G) - 0.39%
(I'm pretty sure that Kathie Glass earned ballot access for the Libertarian Party by exceeding 2%)
California Governor Edmund Brown (D) - 53.0%
Meg Whitman (R) - 42.0%
Chelene Nightingale (AI) - 1.6%
Laura Wells (G) - 1.2%
Dale Ogden (L) - 1.4%
Carlos Alvarez (PF) - 0.8%
Notice that Republicans and Democrats failed to control 5% of the vote in California, and only 2.79% of the vote in Texas. Anyone who thinks this marks a significant victory in the direction of Liberty needs to study arithmetic. I think the results demonstrate conclusively that voting in elections makes no difference at all, and that more dramatic action - such as 5 to 10 million angry people rallied in Washington D.C - will be needed before any real progress is made to restore our cherished republic. What say ye?