Realistic pessimism 2

 Those conservatives who think that when Obama’s screwed up – which he will do, of course –  the GOP will make a big come-back;  America will have learnt its lesson and never again elect a Marxist leader;  the values which made America great will be embraced again by a sorry nation; and  every trace of the harm that four or eight years of Obama-Pelosi-Reid government will have done can be kicked over, should consider what Mark Steyn has to say:

“The contrast” today is not between America and Europe, but between the slightly-more-than-half of America at ease with the prospect of a Europeanized future and the considerably-less-than-half of America for whom our differences with Europe – the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, non-confiscatory taxation, a society that prizes individual opportunity over state protection – were a big part of the American success story.

If you’re a relaxed conservative, this is 1976. Let Obama & Co have their head and screw up, and we’ll be back in two or four years. But in two or four years there’ll be even more Acorn registrations, even more foreign campaign contributions, large numbers of amnestied illegals with de facto if not quite de jure voting rights, a new Unfairness Doctrine that consolidates Democrat dominance of the dinosaur media and banishes much of the rest. If the 2012 election is a rerun of, say, 2004 – an attempt to restore the big fat red-state “L” sweeping down the Rockies and east to the Atlantic that comes down to a few thousand votes in Ohio – Republicans will lose. If it’s a 50/50 nation, the Dems will have the edge when it comes to pushing up to 50.1 – as (at the time of writing) the Al Franken machine (of all unlikely phrases) is doing so cheerfully in Minnesota.

And beyond the operational upper hand is the psychological advantage: The push to socialized health care, the “spreading” of wealth that turns responsible citizens into grateful beneficiaries of government largesse, the remorseless propagandization of a school system all but entirely hostile to the heroic national narrative, a cumulative ratchet effect that “enervates both soul and body” and that the Republican leadership finds easier to accommodate than resist. Conservatives need a bigger picture than GOTV. This is not 1976, but 1932 – at minimum.

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Posted under Commentary by Jillian Becker on Wednesday, December 3, 2008

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  • roger in florida

    This is a little depressing. I lived in England until 1979, in Canada from 1979 to 2003 and since then in Florida. I have seen and felt the oppressive welfare state and I detest it. If you just turn your brain off and gratefully accept the handouts, don’t make waves, don’t embarass the powers that be, particularly the bureaucrats, move like sheep with every nonsenical fad and ignore the very real but sometimes subtle oppression that is inevitable in the nanny state, then you can (I suppose) be happy. If you have views, iniative, love freedom and have ambition for yourself and your family you will not be happy. Unfortunately I think Mark is right, and the particular issue that will tip us into a permanent nanny state is health care. So you don’t like 70% taxation; well we can cut taxes but it will affect your healthcare. Oh no! I will die if I don’t have govt. health care! The populace is permanently cowed. The power structure is safe for the powerful because the working/middle class can never aspire to wealth because they can never save enough to get a business going and challenge the order. The saddest part of all is that the nanny state produces (against the sometimes best wishes of it’s supporters) a dissolute, cynical, dishonest, frustrated population, rife with the most appalling social problems. I cannot believe what the American people did although I have to say that John McCain was about the worst candidate available, I swear if it wasn’t for Sarah Palin that fool may not have won a single state.

    • I don't roger that.

      What utter tripe you write sir. Everybody can't be running businesses. And health care isn't that expensive compared to idiotic military ventures. I don't even know how one becomes as deluded as you are. But I suppose you belong in FL.