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Well, the election is over and of course, many of us on the right are wondering what the heck happened.

Everything pointed to Romney winning in a landslide.  Everything was wrong.

On November 7, many of us woke up feeling like we had been hit by a Mack truck.  And, then, of course, the “experts” all had their theories on what happened. There were several ideas offered.  Then, there were the apologists who said we had to compromise our stance on several issues.

I spent a great deal of time trying to understand what happened.  After all, what good does it do us if we don’t learn something from our experiences?  I turned off commentators and the news channels.  I wanted to really think about it on my own.  And a few days after the election, I had an epiphany.

The question kept haunting me, everything I know about history, everything, pointed to a decisive Romney victory, so why did he loose?  All I’ve ever learned about US history told me that he should have won.  History shows us patterns and for some reason, this election didn’t fall into that pattern.  Why?  Why did this election fail the history I’ve come to trust?

Then it hit me.  Hard.  Very hard.

The reason I didn’t understand what happened, the reason why the “experts” didn’t understand what happened, is because we were all looking at US history.  The answer to this election is not to be found in US history.  You’ve got to look at European history.  That’s where we will find our answers.  That’s the history we have to look at.

See, the way I see it, we figured the people in this country would care about the same things they’ve always cared about, hence, look at US History to see how it would turn out.  But, we didn’t realize that what people were looking for changed.  It wasn’t about freedom and liberty anymore.  It wasn’t about keeping the US strong and a superpower.  It wasn’t about preserving capitalism.  No, instead, this election was about “me.”  No, not me, but the “me” attitude.  It was about entitlements and what people thought would improve their individual situation.  People showed they cared more about themselves than their country.

Sadly, the people of this country chose to worry only about themselves, and not about the country as a whole.  And, as I thought about it more and more, I realized our country was no longer the country I thought I knew.  But, instead, it was more like Europe.  We are making many of the same choices now that many of the people in Europe did generations ago.  That’s not being a sore looser, that’s just looking at facts.  Our country now mirrors European history much more than it does US history.

Then, I realized something else:  I need to learn more about European history!

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