Perspective

Voting for Monarchy

Presidential elections in the United States sometimes seem more like the Wars of the Roses than political contests.  The resemblance to dynastic conflict goes beyond the predictable acrimony between two sets of political interests: the taxpayers of the Republican Party and the tax consumers on whom the Democrats rely.  It is true, of course, that taxpayers in and out of the GOP hope to witness the defeat of a President who is not ashamed to say that he actually believes in redistribution, a nice word that means taking from me and my family to buy the votes of his welfare-dependent supporters.

The painful experience of the last four years is teaching America’s working classes—from factory workers to neurosurgeons—a little of what it is like to be a subjugated people, and some of us are already crying out to pharaoh to “let my people go,” or, rather, crying out to the people to let this pharaoh and all his ministers go.  Naturally, the people who depend on the system—food-stamp recipients and the denizens of housing projects, public-school teachers, social workers, and government bureaucrats—are equally depressed by the prospect of a president who might even think about slowing the rate of growth in government spending on themselves, which is about the worst thing government dependents can fear from a Romney victory.

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