Yes, the latest US elections have confirmed the analysis of the current state of the USA as presented in my recent post here at TOI “The current state of the USA in the light of Torah guidance”: it is not good.
Let’s begin with the statistics. As described at
voter turnout in 2014 was the lowest since WWII. Low turnout is a symptom of not just unhappiness of the population with the state of the country but rather of unhappy recognition that the free democratic elections are not improving anymore the state of the country.
Voter turnout for the 2014 midterm election was the lowest it’s been in any election cycle since World War II. Just 36.4 percent of the voting-eligible population cast ballots continuing a steady decline in midterm voter participation that has spanned several decades: 40-41 percent of eligible voters voted in 2010 and 2006 midterm elections.
Although voter turnout during presidential elections is significantly higher the turnout decline is seen here as well: while 62 percent of eligible voters voted in 2008, in 2012 this number dropped to 58 percent.
These statistics are the reflection of the following unhappy developments.
- US population has begun to realize that the country is going a wrong way. The number of people who say the country is heading in the right direction is at a very low level of around 25% while about 65% believe the nation is headed down the wrong track. The voters are disappointed in both political parties because under both Democratic and Republican Administrations the size of government and various forms of taxations have been increasing as well as mushrooming regulations that deprives the people from individual freedoms proclaimed in the Torah and transferred to the Bible and to the Declaration of Independence. The power of Free Choice given to the people by some mysterious Supreme Power above us the humans is being taken by a “supreme power” of human government. Since it has happened in the political structure of our two-party system the people are looking for a new political power outside of the existing two-party structure. People are looking for a sort of political messiah who is able to fundamentally change the state of the USA.
- And it looked like such a new political messiah was found in the person of Barak Obama whose chief slogan was the need for “fundamental change of America”. And he was elected and then reelected. And only after 6 years of his messianic presidency the people have finally realized that the new political messiah is indeed changing fundamentally the country but changing it in the more “wrong direction” – less individual freedoms, more confiscation/redistribution of wealth that results in economic and spiritual stagnation; less secured whatever remains of the individual freedoms since all our foreign enemies are emboldened by the lack of strong US actions in securing US interests abroad.
- The people are frustrated that resulted in the lowest turnout in midterm’s elections of 36%. The Republican won but not because they suggested a truly right direction for America – they won since they are perceived as a lesser wrong-doer of the two. Now the Republicans have to demonstrate their own “fundamental change for America” which should meet people’s desire to restore the life “in the image of God” whatever it may mean individually. The words “in the image of God” are not just colorful rhetoric – the majority has begun to recognize that at the root of “the state of USA is not good” is the destruction of Judeo-Christian spiritual foundation of the country. And people begin to look for another political messiah who is able to restore this foundation.
- So far the Republicans have not presented to the nation their way to put the country on the right track. Most of the Republican leaders are talking about fixing of what the Democratic Administrations have done and even in cooperation with Obama. That is not the road to the needed fundamental change. The needed fundamental change has to be based on decreasing the government size and power and increasing the individual freedoms – not by changing government programs. Also, the hope of cooperation with Obama is illusionary: Obama considers himself to be a sort of messiah and messiahs are not cooperating with anybody – they pursue only their own agendas.
Two gubernatorial Republican victories – in Illinois and Wisconsin – demonstrate that the people would support a new “political messiah” who promises the restoration of the spiritual foundation of the country beginning with reducing the government power and multiple forms of confiscation/redistribution of wealth. That is what newly elected Governor of Illinois Rauner promised and was elected on this promise, and Governor of Wisconsin Walker delivered.
Regrettably the Jewish majority is not on the side of the needed fundamental change toward restoration of Judeo-Christian foundation of the country – the restoration of the Torah-based concepts transferred into the Bible and the Declaration of Independence as it is described in my post here at TOI “Two types of Jews – who do act and who don’t “in the image of God”. However the Jews are moving into a right direction: this time almost 1/3 of them voted against Democrats and indirectly against the “political messiah Obama” while in the past only 20-25% were doing so.
Unfortunately our rabbis don’t help the Jews move in this right Judeo-Christian direction. Orthodox rabbis believe that the fundamental core of being Jewish is prayers and rituals and all that makes our world a “better world” while reform rabbis think Judeo-Christian-wise faithless society is the way of building a “better world”. Of course there are rabbis who are working tirelessly to restore and preserve Judeo-Christian foundation of the Western World, such as for example Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, but they are in minority.