The 1930s: America turns left during the Great Depression.
December 7, 1941: A entire people fixate on a goal.
The 1960s: LBJ’s left turn after JFK’s assassination.
November 4, 1980: Ronald Reagan euthanizes Carter’s presidency and interrupts Johnson’s feel-good failures to remind Americans that people must experience life how they choose, not by government fiat.
October 2008: The world’s economies crater.
2009: Will President Obama steer America sharply left? Will Americans tolerate the same approaches which have crippled entire societies?
Polls reflect our country’s makeup.
● 55 percent of voters see tax cuts as an economic positive; less than a fifth disagree.
● 59 percent concur with Reagan: “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” 28 percent disagree—suspiciously close to the 22
percent who call themselves “liberal.”
● Three-quarters want “wealth through their own efforts.”
● Two-thirds want reduced spending.
● 54 percent want government to leave decisions to “individuals, families and businesses…”
An electorate favoring less government has hired a chief executive who envisions a colossus.
The GOP’s abandonment of conservatism invited the Obama presidency. Voters swallowed utopianisms from Democrats with no results on their résumés except for winning elections. Three-and-a-half times as many voters see elephants as more addicted to earmarks than are donkeys, and 80 percent view Republicans as the “big spenders that they used to oppose.”
In the long term, John McCain would have been worse for our country than Barack Obama. With his buy-in to the global warming scam, his wealth envy pandering, illegal immigration naïveté, and pathological urge to please liberals, a McCain presidency would cripple the GOP. Corrupt, power-drunk elephants can be cured, but morphing the animals into donkeys would kill them, leaving socialism unchallenged.
Voters must resuscitate clear-thinking conservatism.
Many people are crying, “Give Obama a chance.” True, Obama derangement syndrome would serve no productive purpose. Americans have too often seen “conservatives” act like liberals. Ugly. But Obama’s honeymoon must be ended the instant that the man tries to redistribute wealth, grant illegals amnesty, eliminate conservative talk radio, further liberalize abortion, select judges who weigh “fairness” over constitutionality, let unions intimidate employees through public balloting, implement government-run health care, or forbid more nuclear power plants and oil drilling.
Look for Obama to show his hand ten seconds after inauguration.
Author M. Stanton Evans observes that the Great Depression “looked like the coup de grâce for traditional views and customs. …Marx and Lenin and alleged wonders of Soviet planning were thought to have the answers no longer provided by the older culture.” Today, even in shadows cast by the USSR and the misery wrought by every attempt at Marxism, reality-blind liberals again proclaim the free-market’s demise and propose ruinous approaches. Evans finds that “Communist ideas and projects were presented in appealing masquerades…” Non-Communists “mingled freely” with Communists and Marxism was “made respectable and fairly trendy by the systemic crisis.” Now people ogling Obama’s “hope” and “change” mimic FDR worshipers’ receptiveness to socialism. The parallel should scare the hell out of conscious Americans.
Declaring conservatism dead is like proclaiming cops obsolete because the Fraternal Order of Police adopted the Girl Scouts’ bylaws. Conservatives didn’t go bad, Republicans did. Conservatism is not endangered, America is. Clear thinkers have a chance to catalyze a cultural shift, for as Obama and company act out progressive fantasies, the effects will startle. Economic stagnation instead of expansion and massive surrender of personal accountability are but two effects to watch for. Genuinely conservative Republicans must speak truth and offer solutions craved by responsible voters.
Many people do not comprehend the upshot of November 4th. Decades of “progressive” education have produced abysmal knowledge levels and an inability among emerging generations to distinguish between capitalism and socialism. Americans now fight for the continued existence of a democratic republic that rewards work and makes people who avoid work rethink their philosophy.
If President Obama’s money people push him quickly left, traditional Americans will experience whiplash.
Clear thinkers will question the wisdom of shoving ever more voters toward zero tax liability. Already 43 percent pay nothing. What will happen when more than half pay nothing, but collect benefits funded by people who pay all of the taxes? Game, set, and match—as economist Arthur Laffer writes, “the end of prosperity.” Might high earners grow hesitant to invest more money and effort, knowing that much of their reward will flow to people who vote for income? Perhaps taxpayers would like to have a national conversation about a system that discourages low earners from reaching higher for fear of losing their handouts.
Conservatives have never had a clearer mission. Republicans must grow up and do what is necessary