Every time I look at political opinion poll results, I find myself mystified. Why would Jews vote for Obama? He has spent his entire adult career amidst anti-Semitic and anti-Israel black leaders and politicians; he offends the allegiances central to Jews. Why would moderate Democrats and Independents vote for Obama? He has participated in the most radical left political culture of any major politician in nearly one hundred years; he offends the belief in America central to the allegiances of patriotic Americans.
I understand that the financial crisis and looming economic meltdown would scare voters away from the Republican Party; but Obama and the Democratic Party have said nothing that exhibits understanding of the large picture of our nation at the moment. People think that FDR, in 1933, had a big picture of the American economy that provided him with a clairvoyant understanding of what was going on; but in truth his New Deal was a series of practical emergency legislations designed to fix a series of specific problems. He didn't have a picture of where the nation was going and we don't today. The voters run to the Democratic Party on assumption that it must know something about what went wrong and where the country is headed, given different decisions; but in truth the Democratic Party and its presidential candidate have no big picture about anything. They pursue their specific practical political interest with as narrow a focus of vision as any politician. They see the nose in front of their face, but that's it.
We are groping our way through the dark of history. What once seemed impossible is now conceivable. Rational people fear a depression; perhaps because government policy makers are so sure they know how to prevent one from occurring. But we have seen from policy makers and politicians no large vision of the nature of our political economy to inspire confidence that they have headlights that can illuminate around corners. Just as we stood in the early 1990s unable to prophesy the collapse of the Soviet Union; just as we stood in the late 1990s unable to prophesy a generation of jihad coming to our continental shore; so we cannot see today what lies ahead for the American political economy. This situation is what we mean when we say that historical change is qualitative. Experience of the past is not a guide. Opinion polling results that show voters favoring a candidate who does not represent their interests reveal voters grasping blindly, irrationally, at outdated ideas and old comforts. All we can really vote for is integrity of character. Something is shaking beneath our foundations. It's not the past. It's the future.