I am in Hong Kong this week, a fitting perch from which to watch the polls brighten at home. America's fascination with hope and change is finally dissipating, evaporating like overnight dew on a Kowloon skyscraper.
Hong Kong is a place where, even today, the hustle and bustle of unfettered capitalism is everywhere apparent. Private sector investors here are still working daily to change the world for the better and profit by doing so, not grimly hanging on, as at home in these last days of the Age of Obama.
Robust economic growth realized in an environment of individual liberty diffuses into the air, creating a confident zeitgeist breathtaking to behold--I had forgotten what it felt like and cannot wait to experience it again at home.
Right now, economists here are disappointed by mainland China's growth rate decelerating to an annualized rate of only 7.4%. Needless to say, Hong Kong disappointment feels a lot sunnier than Obama optimism. Reality beats rhetoric and Recovery Autumn, or whatever euphemism the president is using today, is being seen for the illusion it has always been.
Happily, in Mitt Romney we have an articulate candidate successfully cutting through the rhetorical fog of the last four years.
Time to return to the United States: my absentee ballot awaits.