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While I can wholeheartedly agree with Joe Wible Sr.’s commentary on the sad results of the presidential election [“Re-election ‘accelerates the decline of America,’” Maryland Independent, Nov. 14], I have to disagree that this fiasco was a popularity contest orchestrated by the liberal media. I think it was more a case of voters being very shortsighted.

A large number of people today focus on instant gratification. They are the “What’s in it for me?” crowd rather than the “Let’s pull together and fix this mess” crowd. They are unwilling to work toward a long-range goal that will take some personal sacrifice to achieve. These people vote on the basis of “What is best for me?” rather than “What is best for this country?”

Since there are more people not paying federal taxes now than ever before, while welfare and food stamp programs are ballooning out of control, the election was merely the Democrats buying votes with giveaways. It’s the old Roman, “Give them food and circuses” and you will have their support. Meanwhile, just like with the Romans, the empire crumbles.

With new promises of higher taxes for the wealthy, pretty soon the few will tire of feeding the many. The American dream of “work hard and you will be rewarded” has been in danger for years, and this election may have rung its death knell. What now is the point of working hard in school, getting a good education, having a long, productive career and providing a better life for your children if it all disappears in government taxes? Why work when the federal government will give you money, food and housing? Thomas Jefferson, always an advocate of small government, would be appalled at the political party that considers him its founder.

The number of voters who considered ending the giveaways, balancing the budget and reducing the debt was outvoted by the number who could care less about our long-term viability. The Republican Party is no longer viable on other than a local level, since it chooses to remain concerned about the future of this country.

By the next presidential election there will probably be little difference between the United States and most European countries. On the good side, we will no longer be able to afford to be the Earth’s police force, losing our sons and daughters in overseas wars. It will be interesting to see if we become a Muslim country before a Chinese one, though.

Glenn Weder, Hollywood