The results of the November 4th presidential elections here in Illinois and my county of Lake were in keeping with much of the nation. As Chicago‘s “favorite son”, it was not surprising that Barack Obama received 62% of the vote in Illinois to McCain’s 37% or that Lake County favored Obama. Nationwide the ratio was 53% for Obama (66 million) and 46% for McCain (58 million). In reviewing votes cast in Shields Township, which includes the upscale communities of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, it was disconcerting to discover that 13 of the 21 precincts in Shield Township went for Obama, including my own Lake Bluff Precinct #240. Only in Lake Forest did voters in Precincts 248 through 255 favor McCain over Obama.

How did this happen? This is not a center left country. Only two out of 10 voters say they are liberal, with 84% of the American people opting for improving the overall economy over government redistribution of wealth. Republicans in Congress did stray during their six years the Majority Party (2000 – 2006) when they forgot about limited government and went on a spending spree with taxpayers’ money. Democrats, however, during that same period wanted to spend millions more! Even more damaging to the Republican Party was that the Bush Administration during its eight years in office was branded by the mainstream media and sold to the public as an Administration that couldn’t shoot straight, brought disaster upon this nation, and caused the world to hate us. With the coming of Barack Obama, the mainstream media envisioned the re-creation of Camelot in the White House. It succeeded in packaging Obama, while refusing to vet or criticize him, and sold him to many Americans as the one who would save this nation after eight years of a failed Bush presidency.

Also plaguing President Bush were unelected bureaucrats in the Departments of Defense and State, the CIA, and in even in his own White House, who along with enablers in the Democratic Party, interfered, thwarted and tried to sabotage the more conservative defense and security policies of the Bush Administration. President Bush, out of respect for the Office of the Presidency, unwisely chose not to respond. “The Failure Factory” by Bill Gertz is a must read on this topic.

Might the absence of another terrorist attack since 9/11 also given many Americans confidence that they could elect one so lacking in qualifications and experience to become our 44th president? National Defense, McCain’s strong point, became a non-issue when an October meltdown of the economy because the October surprise, making the economy the dominant campaign issue for many Americans. Little credit was given to President Bush for keeping us safe and well along the road toward victory in Iraq. Falsely the public was led to believe that Democrats were better at fixing the economy, when much of the blame can be placed on Rep. Barney Frank and Senator Chris Dodd who for years protected Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from much needed reform. In attempting to appeal to middle class voters, Obama’s campaign rhetoric sounded more Republican than did McCain’s. He emphasized tax cuts for 95% of the American people rather than the enormous costs of his liberal proposals. In so doing Obama was able to hide his past liberal leanings and convince voters that he was a centrist who could bring people together. It was John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin for his running mate that made voting for McCain palatable to otherwise disappointed conservative Republicans like me.

Although it is impossible to foretell what an Obama Administration would bring when he assumes office, given the worrisome state of the economy, would a “go slow” approach work for Obama? Waiting eight long years are representatives of special interest groups, among them being the environmentalists, labor and teachers’ unions, lawyers, ACLU, supporters of amnesty, and gay rights advocates, who want action and will want it immediately.

It is a given that an Obama Administration will offer Americans more government, debt and taxation. Obama advisor’s are pushing for another $300-500 billion economic stimulus plan as a way to jump start the economy. It is estimated that Obama’s spending proposals would add up to 1.3 trillion over four years. This wild spending would result in inflation created by printing up more paper and would undermine our economic system. It is well to remember that government doesn’t know how to make money, it can only spend money, and that wealth is created from the top down. Americans benefit when business does well and when individuals have the means to invest in and start new businesses.

Already announced is that president-elect Obama wants to rescind on Day One many of Bush’s executive orders, replacing them with job-and growth-killing environmental legislation that would bankrupt the coal industry and cause domestic energy production to shrivel away. Obama likewise wishes to venture into social issues by removing restrictions on the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, even though the positive results are coming from ongoing adult stem cell research.

What might the American people expect early on in an Obama Administration? Even now Democrats are attempting to pick up two more Senate seats in Minnesota and Georgia, which would give them a filibuster proof vote of 60 — without checks and balances — to push through the radical Obama, Pelosi, and Reed agendas. On fast track could be an effort to silence talk radio to squelch opposition to the Obama’s policies through a new Fairness Doctrine. Senator Max Baukus is already out of the box with a national health care program which would cover illegal immigrants. Rep. Barney Frank recently called for a 25% reduction in defense spending. Also up for consideration could be legislation to have all 50 states recognize same-sex marriage; a “Freedom of Choice Act” nullifying all state restrictions on abortions; a rigorous enforcement of affirmative action hiring; the legalization of 12 – 20 illegal immigrants to “lock in” Democratic majorities in key states; Card-Check which would force people into unions; and calls for D.C. representation in the House and Senate.

Front and center over the next several years is whether this nation will remain a beacon of hope and freedom for people the world over or will it go the way of Socialistic Europe where culture has been eroded by a high tax burdens, big government control, welfare rolls filling up, churches becoming empty, and national defense as an afterthought?

Future generations of Americans will have to live with whatever Obama’s “change we can believe in” might prove to be, voted in by a majority of Americans on November 4, 2008. May history be kind and may God look favorably upon America as Americans usher in “Obamaland” on January 20, 2009.