One of my left-wing classmates this morning was blaming the federal credit downgrade on the Tea Party, describing Tea Party-ers as worse than 19th century Know Nothings and referring to them as “Talibanic zealots.” He attacked the patriotism of the Tea Party movement, and predicted that the American masses would wake up when the New Deal safety net began to unravel. All this, he said, made his stomach churn.
It is grotesque in the extreme to find political Philistines, oblivious to the philosophic foundations and the Constitutional intent of the founders of their own country, a group of reactionary ideologues clinging to outdated, historically-refuted late-19th-century Utopian visions of heaven on earth and equality of economic results between the provident and the reckless, the educated and the uneducable, the law-abiding and the criminal, the industrious and the idle achieved by the rule of scientism through the medium of socialism and collectivist statism, referring to people with a far more sophisticated and accurate understanding of economics, political philosophy, and America history as primitive zealots.
With a very special kind of irony, we find today all the patriots who stabbed their own contemporaries fighting for freedom overseas in the back, the same people who waved North Vietnamese flags and chanted “Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh…,” the patriots who are always telling us how disgraceful American history was until they came along, now waving the flag and demanding that we support their fiscal excesses out of patriotism.
The safety net constructed since collectivism’s heyday in America is already unraveling. It was always a Ponzi scheme and it has arrived at the inevitable endpoint of all such schemes. Demographics is no longer working on its side. It was only in the imaginations of ideologues that all this was ever permanently sustainable. Reality has refuted the left’s theories again.
You can pray aloud and whistle in the dark and spout this kind of nonsense about the masses “awakening” to agree with your own insanity, but the reality is that the apolitical, pragmatic mass portion of the country has already had its rude awakening. They elected the second leftist president in our adult lifetimes, and his regime has succeeded in surpassing the debacle of his predecessor. What you are going to get is a landslide election that will consign Obama, the democrat party, and the welfare entitlement state to the rubbish-heap of history to repose discarded beside the rest of the entire collection of intellectual dead ends and political mistakes. Well might your stomach churn.
Cartoon via Theo.
With this post you have elevated your status in my mind from a blogger artfully adept at identifying very salient blog content to a brilliant political commentator en par with Victor Davis Hansen or Mark Steyn.
Very well done.
A very keen observation that we have “arrived at the inevitable endpoint of all such schemes.” For the first time (in this country at least) the left is having to confront the consequences of economic policies that stifle growth. Mercy may dropeth from the heavens like gentle rain, but economic production does not.
Those are exceedingly complimentary comparisons. Alas! I only wish I could do so well.
Thursday morning links…
James Wood: Is That All There Is? Secularism and its discontents.
The Etiology and Treatment of Childhood
Your Inner Outcast
Video: Islam’s greatest invention
San Francisco hosted its first SlutWalk on Saturday, August 6, and I — along with two …
There is a disturbing inverse correlation between educational attainment and political and economic common sense.
I’ve seen no good rationale for it.
“What you are going to get is a landslide election that will consign Obama, the Democrat party, and the welfare entitlement state to the rubbish-heap of history to repose discarded beside the rest of the entire collection of intellectual dead ends and political mistakes.”
From your mouth to God’s ears, JDZ. Can’t get to the rubbish heap fast enough. (I corrected your punctuation regarding the Donkey party.)
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