Dead Liberal Issues
January 25, 2010
By Alan Caruba
There's nothing like losing your job and/or your home to focus a voter's attention on what is important and what is just irrational, liberal ideology.
There's nothing like the "redistribution of wealth" to make people wonder why it's always their wealth being given to others.
There's nothing like a failed attempt to blow up an airliner over Detroit with nearly three hundred people to remind voters that al Qaeda still wants to kill all of us infidels.
There's nothing like taking three days to respond to the attempted jihadist bombing to make people wonder if you're paying attention and then calling it an "isolated incident" to make them wonder if you've been paying attention since 9/11?
There's nothing like granting an enemy combatant and confessed planner of 9/11 the rights of the U.S. Constitution in a criminal trial in New York to make people question your intelligence or true intentions.
There's nothing like naked bribery and backroom deals concerning a healthcare "reform" bill whose contents have been deliberately hidden from public view or debate to arouse deep suspicion and significant anger.
There's nothing like a UN Climate Conference debacle in Copenhagen, plus revelations that the "global warming" data was falsified to nullify a "Cap-and-Trade" bill designed to penalize the generation of carbon dioxide, a gas vital to all life on Earth.
There's nothing like the threat to national security and the general economy posed by thousands of illegal aliens crossing the border to create resistance to yet another effort to pass an amnesty bill.
There's nothing like a prolonged "war" on access to the vast American reserves of coal, oil, and natural gas to awaken Americans to the realization they are being denied their own energy resources.
There's nothing like a year spent traveling to far-off places, apologizing for the most exceptional nation on Earth to make Americans ashamed of their elected leader and embarrassed for having voted for him.
There's nothing like receiving a Nobel Peace Prize for having done absolutely nothing to deserve or earn it.
There's nothing like appointing a carload of "czars," advisors to the President, who mostly hold deeply Marxist attitudes or questionable opinions about energy, education, the environment, and other critical issues.
When a liberal State like Massachusetts rejects liberal proposals like Obamacare and comparable issues, you have to think that the grip of liberalism, the New Deal thinking that has dominated U.S. politics since the 1930s, is beginning at long last to lose its appeal.
America has seesawed back and forth between liberalism and conservatism for decades, trying out Presidents like Nixon and Reagan, but then ricocheting back to the likes of Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.
The readjustment in 1994 that gave congressional power to the Republican Party, the weariness with wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the spending by the GOP when in power came together in "a perfect storm" to elevate an unknown named Barack Hussein Obama to the Oval Office.
There has been a lot of flailing around by Americans since the end of World War II, seeking a better world through a United Nations that, instead, became a cesspool of corruption, struggling with the unattended issue of civil rights for black Americans, holding off the Soviet Union until it collapsed, dealing with an emerging China and India, and coming to grips with the greatest threat to Western civilization, the rise of Islamism.
The nation has been sharply divided politically, particularly since the 1990s following the Reagan era. What has emerged has been an increasing middle ground of "independents" that hold the key to all elections. However, Massachusetts demonstrated that even the voters in a strongly liberal State can look at the facts and change their minds.
This occurred in the gubernatorial elections in Virginia and in New Jersey. I suspect we shall see the same occur in California, a State where its Governor, legislature, and courts have scorned the will of the people.
The Obama administration has recklessly spent or given away billions of taxpayer dollars, leaving all Americans with a level of debt unknown in the entire history of the nation. If that is not a wake-up call to Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike, nothing is. And it is a call to which they are responding.
Half of the annual budget of the United States is now allocated to "entitlement" programs that are the product of liberal ideologies, along with the cost of defense. This ticking time bomb of redistribution of wealth has to be defused, along with largely irrelevant federal agencies for education, energy, and the environment.
Liberalism is not dead in America, but liberal politics and policies may well be for the foreseeable future.