A Present Moral Consensus?

What if there is already a moral consensus on cultural, political, and economic matters, and we’re just out of step?  Last night socialism won, as did same-sex marriage, recreational marijuana, and tax increases.

Greg might say that the electorate did not know what they were doing, and for some that is certainly true.  Google searches for who was running for president spiked in a huge way a few days before the election.  If you have to ask Google who is running, well . . . .

But there are well-informed voters in the base of both parties.  They know what they are trying to accomplish.  And last night the socialism/same-sex marriage/recreational marijuana/tax increase crowd succeeded.  Fair and square.

That is at least some evidence of a consensus, yes?  And a growing one.  Romney attracted fewer votes last night than McCain in his spectacularly flat campaign.

Elections are about many things, and so cannot always identify with precision what consensus the results represent.  But most people who voted last night agreed the economy was the single most important issue informing their decision for president.  And because economic policy over the past four years has been almost exclusively socialist, it looks like we are agreed that socialism is the way to go.

The other issues were referenda.  Thus, gay marriage, recreational drug use, and tax increases received the public’s straight-up endorsement.

So, are we just cranks, or is there still room to debate these issues?

1 Thought.

  1. Slow down, there! At last count the popular vote was 50%/49%. Absentee ballots in Miami/Dade apparently may nudge it to 51%/48%. The lopsided Electoral College victory is a testament to the skills of the Obama campaign in precision targeting of their resources, not a broad social consensus. For purposes of the question you’re asking, there’s less consensus than ever.

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