Apr 16 2011
The left now sits on the political precipice, as their doomed policies have led to a political quagmire they dare not and cannot pull themselves out of. The death spiral caused by their severe ignorance and horrible judgment has brought us to the final stages of the latest (and probably last for a while) political realignment. A realignment that began with Ronald Reagan. Since Reagan’s time the Democrats have lost their iron grip on the Congress, numerous State Houses and their mental stability.
Yes, there were reversals and pauses along the way. Some of this was a natural hesitation by the electorate to cut the chord with the big-government, nanny-state Democrats and put their faith in the GOP mantra of free enterprise and their own individual abilities. Some of these reversals were due to folks on the right fringe acting just like folks on the left fringe – demanding everyone conform to their narrow world view. And some pauses where due to flawed candidates. But they were pauses in unmistakable political shift that was always going to take decades to happen. You don’t change long held beliefs of millions of people over night.
Whatever happened to the nation that boldly explored where no one else dared to go, to simply discover what the truth is for ourselves? Apparently we got complacent and we looked to others fix things for us. We relied on government and not ourselves.
When the truly heroic Democrats of our forgotten past threw off the chains of corporate America’s rich and powerful, they gave America back to the individual worker. They stopped the enslavement of workers for greed. But then the modern left trapped that same worker all over again, caging them into bullying and greedy unions that now enslave the workers as much as the robber barons of old. The individual has once again been smothered by the big-whatever.
This also happened with the fight to free women and minorities from their substandard place in society. This good fight opened a door for America to tap this unused diversity, potential and drive – a treasure trove of energy that was caged up by out of date norms of society. In America these shackles were finally broken and the energy burst forth. You don’t see any of this in the backward countries that hold women as property and not people, nor in the countries where outsiders of any race, creed, color, ethnicity or religion are relegated to second rate status. America is that beacon on a Hill because of what the old Democrat Party was back in the middle of the last century.
But the modern left took away the very foundations these newly liberated people had relied on during all those dark and stupid times. They destroyed the family, the sense of community and the anchor of the local religious community. The left, to this day, wages war on the foundations of humankind that allow the individual to grow and be nurtured so they can take on their individual horizons. The African-American family, for example, is all but gone now and its impact to the community is devastating. Is it really a surprise this community is also the last to slavishly follow the left’s victim-based policies, where the individual no longer rises above the challenges but blameothers and demands the state take care of them?
The big government, big union cage is not even gilded anymore. Which is why the conservative wave of the 1990’s was able to sweep away the endless leftist welfare trap. A trap that replaced the self sufficient family living with its neighbors – supported through hard times by their community, church and/or synagogue – with welfare checks and no jobs.
The last round of hesitation by the electorate in 2006-08 was due to exhaustion. The exhaustion of years of fear from terrorism, and from wars were the people we fought for seemed unable to respect our sacrifices. It was also the age of the flim-flam democrat, who promised people in wheel chairs would walk if we sacrificed enough young human fetuses, and that the rich are out to take away the government’s meager handouts from the needy. It was a time of gross exaggeration and hype. The left prayed on the people’s anxieties and self doubt – promising to make it all better.
It worked for a while, and the left got their shot at pushing their image of America. And now America is in the processes of complete rejection of that image. We have decided not to trust the lazy bureaucrat to make decisions with our hard earned money. They will not touch our families’ health care – our life blood. They will not tell us how to think or talk, dress or eat. They will no longer harass us with their delusions of superiority while picking our pockets. The tide turned in 2010, but it has not peaked yet.
Of course, the left has yet to figure out they have no superior intellect, motives, skills or compassion. They can barely hide their disgust with the average American – obvious in their reactions to the Tea Party grass roots, which grew straight out of the center of the electorate. And as they realize Mom and Dad voter are cutting off the funds for the Bureaucrat Delinquents (BD verses a JD), their anger at Mom and Dad voter is rising as fast as their composure is failing.
Look at the liberal response to relieving government employees from mandatory union dues, instead requiring said workers to pay into their individual health and retirement plans. In essence, the union member has to pay more for their individual benefits, but they are no longer required to fund a union who may not deserve their money. Individual vs union – and the union went bonkers at the fact their gravy train was now their responsibility. The only thing the union did not offer up as a compromise was the collection of dues by the government. Everything else was on the table at one point or another. The new robber barons were exposed.
Look at the response to the Ryan plan! Obama says we are trading tax breaks for the rich for medicine for grandma – even though these two things are completely distinct and not connected whatsoever. Medicare is
and Medicaid are funded by the FICA payroll deductions – which have income caps on them. The rich NEVER pay the same percentage into these entitlements as the poor. The poor and middle class have 100% of their income taxed for these programs, but the rich have only a small fraction applied (the first $107K in SALARY!). For millionaires they see 10% or less of their income hit for these programs.
So Obama and the left are lying when they claim INCOME TAX is traded for FICA TAX. A lie too many gullible fools are willing to believe. In fact, Obamacare is the largest threat to Medicare out there:
While the Democrats still do not understand what they have done with Obamacare, the government’s actuaries and accountants do, and have been telling us in official government publications and documents. The 2010 Financial Statement of the United States Government, published by the Treasury Department in December, is the most clear. That report discloses repeatedly in several tables of data that the total of future cuts in payments to doctors and hospitals under Medicare as provided in current law due to Obamacare and President Obama’s Medicare reimbursement policies is $15 trillion!
Emphasis in the original. The Ryan-GOP plan moves Medicare and Medicaid out of the reach of DC bureaucrats. Medicaid will go to the states in block funds, while Medicare will be a subsidy provided so each retiree can select the plan of their choice. DC will have no say where we use our Medicare dollars – none.
Again, the battle between the individual or big government is being waged. And the Democrats are on the dead side of history. It has not dawned on liberals they cannot demagogue the Ryan proposal because it will be very popular. Anything that takes money from the government and puts it back into the voters hands is going to win the day. Fear of making our own decisions is a fantasy that runs around the minds of liberals as they prop up their imagined superiority. It does not exist in the real world, though the left keeps acting like it is some powerful force. Maybe 100 years ago – but not today.
So the inept left, afraid of the quintessential, self-sufficient, American individual has succumbed to all out lies and slander. Obama’s budget speech this week was an hour long and vacuous screed against his straw men demons in his mind. There was no reality in it – none. His false choices have become worn out, tired and pathetic – just like the rest of the far left. They fear a brave new world that relies on the individual and the community, and shuns the centralized buffoonery of big government (where the only competition is to work long enough to retire).
I agree with many who find no evidence President Obama is on a glide path to reelection. His poll numbers are dropping across the board, and the GOP finally has some serious and mature proposals on the table. Proposals that are not cotton-candy light and marginal, but rock solid attempts to fix things long broken. And I think they will all be shocked at how much Americans will respect and back the candor and the personal risk these people are making to do the right thing.