Yesterday, my liberal friends celebrated. Big Government won - with all that it entails.
Yet as we know, not all of our nation - nor the world - embraces gargantuan spending and regulation up the whazoo. Today, if you look at the financial markets, you can see what the financial and business world thinks of Four More Years.
At my last peek, the Dow had nosedived over 314 points. If you don't own stock, you may think that this doesn't effect you.
You would be wrong.
A seriously ill financial U.S. means more jobs will be lost, more companies will be shuttered, our dollar will lose value and all of us - male, female, black, white, old, young, gay, straight, Christian, Jew, Muslim, atheist, urban, suburban, rural - all of us will be in worse fiscal condition overall.
As much as some of my liberal friends think there is, we do not have a Fiscal Tooth Fairy. No one is going to drop a few trillion dollars under our pillow as we sleep to modify the gigantic burden of debt we've built. Eventually, without a major change in course, history will regard as as a great giant who ultimately succumbed to fiscal irresponsibility.
As an optimist, I cannot help but hope something will change for the better and we will begin the arduous task of rebuilding. Today, however, my natural optimism is facing tough challenges.