Hey, Me and Mr. Krauthammer must me on the same wavelength!
Liberalism under siege is an ugly sight indeed. Just yesterday it was all hope and change and returning power to the people. But the people have proved so disappointing. Their recalcitrance has, in only 19 months, turned the predicted 40-year liberal ascendancy (James Carville) into a full retreat. Ah, the people, the little people, the small-town people, the “bitter” people, as Barack Obama in an unguarded moment once memorably called them, clinging “to guns or religion or” — this part is less remembered — “antipathy toward people who aren’t like them.”
That’s a polite way of saying: clinging to bigotry. And promiscuous charges of bigotry are precisely how our current rulers and their vast media auxiliary react to an obstreperous citizenry that insists on incorrect thinking.
– Resistance to the vast expansion of government power, intrusiveness and debt, as represented by the Tea Party movement? Why, racist resentment toward a black president.
– Disgust and alarm with the federal government’s unwillingness to curb illegal immigration, as crystallized in the Arizona law? Nativism.
– Opposition to the most radical redefinition of marriage in human history, as expressed in Proposition 8 in California? Homophobia.
– Opposition to a 15-story Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero? Islamophobia.
Now we know why the country has become “ungovernable,” last year’s excuse for the Democrats’ failure of governance: Who can possibly govern a nation of racist, nativist, homophobic Islamophobes?
Note what connects these issues. In every one, liberals have lost the argument in the court of public opinion. Majorities — often lopsided majorities — oppose President Obama’s social-democratic agenda (e.g., the stimulus, Obamacare), support the Arizona law, oppose gay marriage and reject a mosque near Ground Zero.
What’s a liberal to do? Pull out the bigotry charge, the trump that preempts debate and gives no credit to the seriousness and substance of the contrary argument. The most venerable of these trumps is, of course, the race card. When the Tea Party arose, a spontaneous, leaderless and perfectly natural (and traditionally American) reaction to the vast expansion of government intrinsic to the president’s proudly proclaimed transformational agenda, the liberal commentariat cast it as a mob of angry white yahoos disguising their antipathy to a black president by cleverly speaking in economic terms.
Then came Arizona and S.B. 1070. It seems impossible for the left to believe that people of good will could hold that: (a) illegal immigration should be illegal, (b) the federal government should not hold border enforcement hostage to comprehensive reform, i.e., amnesty, (c) every country has the right to determine the composition of its immigrant population.
As for Proposition 8, is it so hard to see why people might believe that a single judge overturning the will of 7 million voters is an affront to democracy? And that seeing merit in retaining the structure of the most ancient and fundamental of all social institutions is something other than an alleged hatred of gays — particularly since the opposite-gender requirement has characterized virtually every society in all the millennia until just a few years ago?
And now the mosque near Ground Zero. The intelligentsia is near unanimous that the only possible grounds for opposition is bigotry toward Muslims. This smug attribution of bigotry to two-thirds of the population hinges on the insistence on a complete lack of connection between Islam and radical Islam, a proposition that dovetails perfectly with the Obama administration’s pretense that we are at war with nothing more than “violent extremists” of inscrutable motive and indiscernible belief. Those who reject this as both ridiculous and politically correct (an admitted redundancy) are declared Islamophobes, the ad hominem du jour.
Which is, as I wrote before, why I will never vote for a Democrat ever again. I mean, I just do not sit here and idly write stuff like that; I have tried their liberal programs, and you know what it did for me? Nothing! I am still sitting here, without a full-time job and writing on this blog. (Which I happen to enjoy greatly, pay could be better, but I love doing it!) The truth is, unless you are a minority, the Democratic Party will basically ignore you. That is because that is what they are geared to anymore.
Truth is, unless you are a minority, or have some sort of handicap; or are someone worthy of entitlement — The Democratic Party is just not your Party. But if you are White, are middle class, and actually have something that you worked for, the Democrats do not see you as one of theirs; they see you as someone to tax.
As you can see, and as Krauthammer has written above; the Liberals are in full-on retreat mode now. The Democratic Party elected a black man, of whom they assumed would be the next black, progressive messiah. Who actually turned out to be a bigger buffoon than Jimmy Carter. As you have read here, the liberal economic policies of the Obama Administration have failed. Now, the Democratic Party liberals are in retreat mode, and they are pulling the one card that they have left and that is the race card.
It will be an interesting next few months, watching as the Democrats try and spin this into a race thing and how the Republicans, Glenn Beck and the Tea Party are somehow responsible for the failures of the Obama Administration.
The American people are much smarter than that; and they will show the Democrats just how smart they are, come November 2, 2010 — and believe you me, I cannot wait.
Update: In a previous version of this, in describing the types of entitlements;I mentioned vets. One of my commentators took to me to task on that and rightfully so. I should have been much clearer. If ANYONE is entitled any sort of care, or anything by the United States Government — it is our Military Veterans. Although, I will be the first to tell you, that Democrats do exploit them for votes. I mean, it is so odd to hear Democrats praising our vets; all the while, you have people like code pink saying that someone’s son deserved to die for going to Iraq. Again, I do apologize for not being clear on that; and again, I will state that I have nothing but the uttermost respect for Nation’s Vets and I believe that they deserve nothing by the best from The Government.