America’s New ‘Operating System’…2 + 2 = 5

The hand-wringing continues. We’re approaching a month since the election, and old and new explanations for Romney’s loss fill the blogs and editorial columns. I won’t list them here, but they range from screwed up GOP ‘get out the vote’ software to deeply philosophical rationalizations…and all points in between.

Conservatives continue to lament the loss, posing and reposing the now familiar ‘how could a president who was such a dismal failure at (you fill in the blank) be reelected?’ It’s a reasonable question for those seeking answers using logic, a basis in fact and, for lack of a better term, a patriotic perspective.

But, almost reluctantly, conservatives are beginning to face up to an emerging reality, one that is both offensive and deeply disturbing: the ‘operating system’ a majority of Americans use in deciding their vote is vastly different than the one we’re used to, and we are having a very difficult time understanding it…and its results.

None of it makes sense to us when viewed through our old operating system; it’s like entering 2 + 2 on our computer, and the answer 5 results. We carefully make sure we are punching in the correct numbers, but up pops 5, again and again. We know we’re accurately doing our part, and we assume the computer is functioning properly…yet we keep getting an answer we instinctively know is incorrect.

After multiple attempts with the same result, we are seemingly faced with two possible conclusions: 1) we’ve lost our minds and aren’t capable of entering the correct input; 2) the damn computer is broken.

But, does a third option exist? I think so. Continuing the analogy, unbeknownst to us, while we weren’t paying attention, some one or some thing altered the computer’s operating system, and, in fact, under the new protocol 2 + 2 now equals 5.

An entirely new operating system has been installed, and we’re having a real tough time.

Consider elements of the new operating system:

• Uninformed voters are now the preferred species; the dumber, the better.

• Third world-like propaganda trumps facts and reasonability.

• Work ethic and personal responsibility are now traits of the minority.

• Government largesse is preferred by the majority.

• Christians and Jews are subjects of ridicule more than admiration.

• Pop culture has more impact on elections than policies and issues.

• Failures of leadership are not only tolerated, they are rewarded.

• Someone earning $250,000 is a ‘millionaire or billionaire.’

• Government intrusions into almost all aspects of one’s life are accepted with little more than a murmur of objection.

• Leaders openly ignore the rule of law; few seem to notice or care.

• The often repeated historical failures of appeasement go unremembered.

• Life, from the unborn, to the sickly, to the elderly, becomes less respected.

• The economic, cultural and political systems that made our country the best and most successful in the history of the world are now proclaimed obsolete, meaningless and, yes, evil.

Yes, 2 plus 2 does equal 5…welcome to America’s new operating system.

Author Bio:

graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, Rodney authored “Leading Your Business to the Next Level,” a non-fiction business book in 2005. “Powers Not Delegated” is Rodney’s first foray into fiction; the book meshes his knowledge of history, business and current events to produce a relevant and plausible tale of domestic and international intrigue. Additionally, Rodney writes political commentary on his own blog and for other nationally known blogs/websites. Rodney lives in Atlanta. His passions include hiking, photography, history, reading, and, of course, University of Georgia football.
  • Walter Mattson

    Good article. I believe there is much truth in it. However, I do not believe that all is lost and that logic and better explanations of policy etc can work. Logic and explanations didn’t work in the Romney campaign since Romney failed to get down to the level of intelligence of many voters.Obama could just give his normal speech that republicans are out to take everything away from you and many voters bought it hook,line and sinker. In Romney,s energy policy, he stated that he would make the US energy independence. However, Obama did the same thing. He also would make the country energy independent. That was all many voters understood. So why vote for someone with the basis same goal or policy. After all, Obama said he was for “all of the above”. Of course, Obama didn’t explain what “All of the above” meant. He didn’t lie. He just meant that he would restrict existing energy development and make existing energies very high in price plus subsidize and push green energies so the greens could compete when existing energies became expensive. Romney failed to say that the jump in gas and fuel oil from $2 to $4 per gallon cost the economy $387 billion per year or $3.87 trillion in 10 years. Plus with Obama”s goal of increasing fuel to $8 per gallon, the economy would take a hit of $38.7 trillion for the next decade. At $38.7 trillion the US will suffer and the economy will go down the rat hole.

  • Bob Cordon

    We are a broken society and a socialist’s dream come true. From the hijacked educational system in this country, to the never-ending liberal/socialist propoganda
    we are all forced to hear 24/7, the weak minds in this country are no match for the
    Alinsky-designed political machine that eats minds like ice cream. The system is indeed, broken, Mr. Goldberg.

  • Stephen Cromwell

    Being cool.
    It’s more important than being right.

  • cmacrider

    Rodney: An excellent article. I suggest if you want to understand this mystifying transition from another perspective you have to understand Richard Rorty’s conception of Truth. For Rorty, truth is not the correspondence between perceptions and the actuality (or reality), truth is merely our justifications for what we believe and we develop those justifications based on consensus. It seems Obama implemented Rorty’s version of truth while the Republicans stuck with the age old (and I suggest valid) correspondence theory of Truth. Hence the rational arguments of the Republicans fell on deaf ears while the Obama team created a consensus about a fictional narrative and perception.

    • Jrod

      cmarider…thanks; a rational explanation of the irrational…R

  • Wheels55

    True, so true. This is why the Obama campaign threw out such weak-minded garbage – so the dumb could grasp on to something. They just don’t know they grabbed a lead-filled life preserver.

  • John Daly

    Hard to disagree with anything you wrote there. Good piece.