I’ll never forget Election Night 1980. Given the pro-Democrat polls that still showed President Jimmy Carter having a good chance to win re-election, and only six years removed from the Watergate scandal that brought down a Republican president, I was more than a little nervous as the returns began to come in. What followed was an almost magical evening, as Ronald Reagan swept states and electoral votes from coast to coast, and many of the Senate’s Democrat stalwarts bit the dust. Even the jaded, liberal media were so stunned that, unlike in 1994 when Peter Jennings snootily proclaimed that the voters had displayed a “temper tantrum,” they had few if any pithy comments the night of Reagan’s smashing victory.
So here we are 30 years later, and the parallels to 1980 and 1994 are almost eerie. Once again, an inexperienced Democrat who is not up to the job is in the Oval Office. Once again, the president and Congress have not only over-reached in their agenda while ignoring the will of the people, they have demoralized the country as only liberals can.
The predictions for this election, as they were for those past momentous years, are all over the map. However, as was the case in those years, we’re not hearing about things that could spell even more disaster for the Democrats than we could imagine. For instance, Obama’s approval rating is tanking by the day—down to a Bushian 37 percent while not yet in office two years. Yet his pride has not gone before the fall. And his utter refusal to take any blame for the coming tsunami that will overwhelm his party does not bode well for either him or them.
This is truly the election that will decide, more than any in the last couple of generations and maybe ever, where America is headed. We have reached a fork in the road that, but for liberal dominance of the political culture for most of the last 80 years, we never would have reached. This might be our last chance to choose the right fork. Pray, vote and then pray some more.