I'm changing up the news for today. I'm going to import an entire article that I found, and write a bit about it afterward. I would like your opinions.
Here's the article. Straight from Forbes, by their own Bill Frezza:
"Prediction: Romney Crushes Obama in Presidential Election Blowout"
"Put this column in a drawer and take it out on the date below. Let me know how many of these predictions I got right.
November 7, 2012 – It may not be morning in America, but be thankful that it’s not the dawn of the living dead. With civil war breaking out in Greece, Spain in chaos as it seeks to exit the euro, California preparing to file bankruptcy following the failure of Governor Jerry Brown’s budget referendum, and Portland, Oakland, and Seattle busy clearing the rubble from the devastation of their Occupy fires, the American electorate has finally said “Enough!”
The great experiment in “progressive” democracy is over. Convincing a majority of American voters that they can live at someone else’s expense proved a bridge too far, as those same voters watched the social democracies of Europe unravel. When presented with a choice between two presidential candidates with diametrically opposed visions of the proper role of government, Americans chose to step back from the abyss.
To no one’s surprise, the campaign was ugly. As each successive poll revealed incumbent President Barack Obama slipping further behind, the Obama camp’s attacks grew ever shriller. Class, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, sexuality—not variant of identity politics was left untapped in what turned out to be a futile attempt to divide the electorate into warring camps and shift the debate to anything besides the deteriorating economy and the cataclysmic national debt.
The Supreme Court’s evisceration of Obamacare—the president’s signature “accomplishment”—set the tone for a long, hot summer. The Occupy movement’s escalating campaign of violence, which culminated in major street battles at both national conventions, did little to help Obama’s cause. Persistently high unemployment, coupled with an inflationary uptick as the Federal Reserve made a desperate attempt to launch yet another round of “quantitative easing,” reminded too many voters of life under Jimmy Carter.
The bankruptcy of A123, Fisker Automotive, and a half dozen more solar and biofuel ventures that received hundreds of millions in tax dollars rang the death knell for Obama’s green energy policies. The final nail into the coffin of the failed Obama presidency came from Europe, as Germany and France finally jettisoned the PIIGS to save the Eurozone core—but not soon enough to avert a deep recession in Europe and a 20% decline in U.S. stock markets.
While the charisma-challenged Mitt Romney never managed to ignite the Republican base—which remains suspicious of his conservative bona fides—the right still managed to close ranks behind their man, largely out of fear of what a second Obama term would mean for America.
Mitt stuck to the economic high ground. Meanwhile, his campaign staff and cloud of well-funded SuperPAC proxies proved adept at throwing counter-punches, responding to every below-the-belt political assault launched Mitt’s way with well-prepared counter narratives, widely disseminated across a network of right-leaning bloggers, Facebook activists, and radio talk show personalities.
Wading through the maelstrom, the Romney campaign remained focused on selling the idea that what the nation most needed was a return to economic sanity. Mitt’s public persona, never well matched with the vampire capitalist, out-of-touch plutocrat, Mormon underwear-wearing weirdo opponents made him out to be, finally gelled into one of mature competence that reassured voters that he was the man to help fix the mess we’ve gotten into.
Throughout it all, the mainstream media never found its legs. Always a step behind the Twitter blitzkriegs unleashed by millions of freelance citizen reporters, YouTube videographers, amateur pundits, and independent campaign organizations, professional journalists and the editors that issue their marching orders found that the day’s news had already been framed by the time they got out of bed each morning.
What made defeat all the more devastating for yesteryear’s media moguls was the decision to throw away the last shred of their purported objectivity by going all-in behind their candidate. Their failure to sway the election made it clear that a handful of White House Correspondents’ Dinner elites in New York, Washington, and Hollywood have lost their power to shape public opinion.
As the pending electoral deluge drew near and the liberal commentariat began turning on Obama, the American public was treated to the sorry spectacle of rats deserting a sinking ship as political insiders jockeyed to land the first big advance for a tell-all book dissecting the meltdown. By the time Election Day rolled around, it was all over but the counting.
The path ahead will be long and hard, and the rejuvenated Republican Party and its new president have yet to give a sign as to how they plan to tackle the entitlement tsunami that threatens to drown us all. But with veto proof majorities in both the House and Senate, they now own the problem.
You’ve just signed up for the hardest job on the planet, Mitt. And this time, if you can’t figure out how to turn things around, you can’t fire sale the wreckage and hope the rest of your portfolio makes up for the loss. The eyes of the world are upon you. This is democracy’s last chance. Don’t blow it."
I'm not sure what to think about this. Personally, I'm starting to believe Forbe's has lost their collective minds. Just last week, they attacked a humorous article written by a cartoonist, in which he claimed that Tesla is a too-often overlooked inventor that we should be learning about in schools. Now we have this "prediction," which to me seems that someone is just angrily tossing about what they hope will happen, rather than what actually might. It sounds like a letter written by a fanboy to their idol.
So I'd like your opinions on this article, as well as the whole summer/fall prediction idea. What do you think will happen? Do you believe this writer is correct, or too far off? Do you agree with his prediction that Occupy will move to violence and terrorism?
News will return tomorrow, of course. I just found this and went quasi-mental on how someone can apparently so clearly see the future.
Email me any responses you may have at firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment them here. Thanks for reading!