Helpless Republicans Cry 'Pray For Our Country If Obama Wins': Opinion

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- After a week on the job as TheStreet's Director of Social Media, it's been particularly cool to see the reaction we get from readers on our social feeds, namely Twitter.

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Over the weekend and into Monday, the media, unsurprisingly, misunderstood the meaning of TheStreet and CNBC personality Jim Cramer's prediction of a landslide electoral victory for Barack Obama.

Shortly thereafter, we received reaction from all over the spectrum to consensus from TheStreet that Obama will secure a final four years in office.

Interestingly, there wasn't a whole ton of disagreement, even from Republicans and Mitt Romney supporters. As it stands, little doubt exists in most objective minds that Obama will win, considering the lift he received from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Hurricane Sandy.

Of the folks who hit the social scene with rebukes of the bullish Obama calls, the response ranged from crazy to saddened and scared. There wasn't much denial from folks rooting for a Romney win, just considerable and borderline frantic concern.

I don't get this, particularly when you consider the core of the Republican sociopolitical platform: Individual responsibility in lieu of government "handouts." It's a Reaganesque message that says "pick yourself up by the bootstraps, don't depend on government and stop being so damn helpless."

Setting aside the fact I think that line is a load of poorly-prepared tripe, maybe we can agree that it's ironic?

While we saw our share of "crazy" Tweets ...

... most fell on that saddened and scared side.

A majority of folks who did not applaud or agree with an Obama victory prediction responded with some variation of ...

Or God help our country if Obama wins type theatrics.

People seem genuinely freaked out over the prospects of an Obama victory.

The we'll turn into a socialist country crowd really needs to go back to Political Science 101. But, outside of that Fox News-fueled cult, I take seriously the people who call for prayers if Obama wins.

But just because I take them seriously, it doesn't mean I don't laugh at them.

I liken election alarmists to the people who populate bars and night clubs on a bartender's least favorite night of the year. New Year's Eve. Amateur Night.

These cats just can't pace themselves. They walk in the door and immediately go to extremes. Downing shots. Chasing them with beers. Dancing on tables, starting fights and puking in the corner before the clock even thinks about striking midnight.

That -- the I Go To Extremes part -- made me think of Billy Joel.

Billy's epic We Didn't Start The Fire always fits so well in these situations. There's always a crisis. The sky is always falling. It's always the end of the line. It's been that way since the world's been turning though, man.

Did the people clutching rosaries, loading underground bunkers and stocking up on firearms in anticipation of an Obama victory "get born" yesterday? Have they not lived through multiple years of the American political spectacle?

If they have, I'm not sure how they could be concerned. This hysteria surfaces every four years.

Here's the irony, though.

Many of the people I'm calling out couple prayers for the country in the event of "four more years" with the belief that Obama supporters are little more than helpless, unwilling-to-work hacks mooching off the bloated welfare state.

I will never understand how people who think this way have such fear over who occupies in the Oval Office.

If you're the self-sufficient, hard-working and enterprising type, does it really matter? It never has to me, which is why I find it easy to be indifferent to the entire process. I don't care who the President is or how the Congressional dichotomy shakes itself out.

Doesn't matter. I'll succeed (or fail) by my own accord, not somebody else's.

Some of the cats who fear an Obama victory, though not all, might argue that an Obama victory creates or continues the creation of a country that does not reward the aforementioned qualities. In other words, this type of democratic regime hinders my ability to be successful!

I riff chords of bull!

if you're of that opinion or anything close to it, you have taken up the very position you accuse the so-called welfare mothers and lazy unemployed bums of taking.

You're, at least at some level, blaming external factors for some degree of perceived or potential difficulty in your life.

That's helplessness.

Romney supporters of this ilk should be more like me. Yeah, that's right.

It would be nice if your guy wins or your ballot measure passes, but, at day's end, it doesn't mean much. No matter the cards our illogical political system deals, I will be successful.

More than any other set of humans, investors need to live and breath these words.

TheStreet's Brian Sozzi sums it up nicely: Don't fret over who wins or loses, just do the work to prepare your portfolio to not only withstand, but thrive in any eventuality.

Rocco Pendola is TheStreet's Director of Social Media. Pendola's daily contributions to TheStreet frequently appear on CNBC and at various top online properties, such as Forbes.

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