In the aftermath of this election…

…I’m finding there to be a strange…quiet in the atmosphere. It’s not at all like 2008, when there were loud and adulating crowds, where there were victory laps and cries of joy…where there were even some taunts of “nya, nya, nyaaa, we won the election!” (That last came directly from Obama himself, as I remember.) But now? It’s strangely…quiet. They’re very subdued this time. It almost has the feeling that the winning voters might be collectively holding their breath, thinking…”Have we gone too far?”

After all, the new American electorate has voted for “free stuff.” Socialism is no longer a dirty word, nor is it a concept synonymous with economic failure anymore. So the question may now be…

“What are the people who pay for all this going to do? Are they going to quit? Are they going to scale back, stop working so hard?”

Who? You know. The people who work for a living. Those not dependent on government. Those who actually pay the taxes. There seems to be a growing silence from them, as if they’re thinking “To hell with it.” If the people who work for a living, those who provide services to everyone else, those who both make things and cause them to be made…if they do quit, then what happens to everyone else?

Bill Whittle of PJ Media made a proposal that I noted on GraniteGroke the other day. That’s one reaction to Obama’s re-election. But I think Whittle’s ideas may be too tame. In a struggle between “the Takers and the Makers,” where the Takers have won, many of the Makers may just decide to work less and reduce their standard of living (even if they’re not forced to do so by the entirely predictable results of Obama’s economic policies).

The very wealthy, on the other hand, will diversify their wealth internationally. Others might move overseas as the inevitable train crash approaches. The rest of us? Who knows? My guess is that the American economy will begin to grind down, as does every economy where socialist populism takes hold…and then we’ll go over the cliff of a full-scale economic collapse.

I fear the question is not whether all this will happen, but how soon.

Either way, in the end the resulting mess will be remarked upon by the mainstream media and those who caused it as…”bad luck.”

I’ve been political my entire life, starting out with Barry Goldwater and The Conscience of a Conservative in the1960’s. In 1967 I enlisted in the U.S. Marines for four years, spending nearly two of them in South Vietnam. In 1972 I was a Florida presidential elector for Prof. John Hospers, the first Presidential candidate of the national Libertarian Party which was founded that same year. During the late 1970’s and into the 1980’s I was a contributing editor and monthly columnist for Reason magazine, and I’ve authored numerous articles in the print and online media about various subjects relating to individual rights and personal freedom. Today I’m a lawyer by profession; I divide my time between New Hampshire and Florida all year long, spending much of my time practicing law in Florida. As an early supporter and past member of the board of directors of the Free State Project, I was drawn to the Live Free or Die state of New Hampshire in late 2003 when it was chosen by a vote of the first 5,000 FSP participants. In 2004 I founded the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, and continue today to work within the state political system to advance the traditional NH values of frugal small government, low taxes, small business, free enterprise, and self-responsibility. To all, I say “Come and see what we are building in the beautiful, healthy, livable Free State of New Hampshire!”