In 2013, the balance of power in our Federal government will stay the same. The House is controlled by the Republicans; the Senate controlled by the Democrats. The White House will be occupied by the same person for the next four years. Yet, the election of 2012 will go down in history as a tipping point.
Does much change? No, not in the short term. President Obama will continue to support bailouts, unrestricted drone attacks, taxing the wealthy, and unlimited deficit spending - many things that have been happening the past four years, and even the eight years before that.
It's not necessarily what the American people have chosen - it's what they have not chosen - that makes the difference.
In order to know the long-term effects of this election, we must look at the changing demographics - specifically the rising generation. This new generation has soundly and silently rejected traditional marriage (and by extension children). They have done it in large measure by refusing to participate in this age-old institution we call the family, or by simply changing the definition of "family" to suit their personal preferences. But, this is not an opinion piece against gay marriage. The great travesty of our day is not necessarily the rise of gay marriage, but the decline of heterosexual marriage. This rejection of traditional marriage as a priority in society and in politics is reflected in the outcome of the 2012 election.
According to The Weekly Standard, the election of 2012 is quite possibly the most anti-family vote in US history. Single people went to the polls like never before and elected our current president and congress. The health care reform law discretely favors singles. Several states have legalized gay marriage and the use of addictive family-destroying drugs. The Democrats' fiscal cliff "compromise" contains a tax penalty for those filing jointly. In short, tell me your marital status and I'll tell you how you voted in 2012.
The Democrats would be wise to stop their subsidization of singleness. Our public policies on the state and federal level are increasingly anti-family. (Ironically, it is the segments of our population with families and the highest birthrates - Hispanics, Mormons, and immigrants - that will reproduce new voters. In two generations, these groups could be in the majority.) But now, the Democrats have a vested interest in keeping people single. Singles overwhelmingly vote for them for various reasons. But, Democrats are not dumb - they know that singles and gays don't reproduce. The only way to get more followers is to convert them by promising them benefits. They will not easily abandon such a large and loyal constituency.