The Moment’s Pride and Joy Posted by: Bryan Pick
on Wednesday, November 05, 2008
I seem to be in a distinct minority right now. Obama’s supporters, of course, are elated. Some of his detractors, while determined to oppose Obama and his allies, are willing to hold their fire for the moment, or the rest of the night anyway, out of respect to the powerful symbol of how far America has come. Some part of me thinks that’s graceful.
I saw Obama’s supporters with tears in their eyes. I heard that some are actually dancing in the streets. I saw many of my friends and family jubilant about the outcome of the election, proud of and in love with their country. And what was my response?
I asked everyone who’s celebrating tonight to record their hopeful expectations for an all-Democrat federal government, and later, to compare with the real-world consequences.
What a wet towel, right? To put it charitably.
I think perspective, looking more to the future than the past, has killed the moment. I’ve been thinking so hard on the probable consequences of the various outcomes of the election that the moment hasn’t captured me. And what’s more, I don’t think I want to be caught up in it.
Our president-elect knows the power of moments, and he invites us all to experience these moments through him: that once he has our approval, the world itself will be transformed. Remember the speech in St. Paul, in which he repeatedly promised radical turning points in our collective destiny: “This was the moment...”
What am I doing now, then, in lieu of respectfully joining the celebration? The same thing I’ve been doing for some time now: thinking.
I’m thinking about the war in which we are engaged.
I’m thinking about the financial crisis, and quite frankly I’m thinking about the men who caused a sharp recession to sink into the Great Depression.
I’m thinking about Supreme Court justices who I believe will, for the rest of their lives, do violence to my fellow Americans’ liberties.
I’m thinking about taxes, and what they’ll do to members of my family.
I’m thinking about all the Democrats who have insisted that the greater their advantage in power over Republicans, the more they will reach across the aisle, so to speak.
I’m thinking about how to perform a holding action against a Democrat-dominated government.
I’m thinking about entitlements (including refundable tax credits) that will create their own constituencies of dependents, and become stubbornly entrenched.
I’m thinking about the other legislative “positive feedback loops” that the Democrats may pass now, rubber-stamping one after the other, to shift the political landscape itself in their favor.
I’m thinking of the movement we must build to overcome those feedback loops, and to minimize and perhaps reverse this damage.
And I want everyone to remember what they’re thinking right now, while they’re in this moment, with all their hope for whatever change they believe Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats are going to deliver now that they have a solid grip on both houses of Congress and the White House.
And later on, I want them to look back on the moment that they allowed themselves to be caught up in, when things seemed filled with promise, and remember the aspirations that they had wrapped up in those politicians.
And when they find that reality didn’t live up to the high-flying rhetoric, I want them to think about that, too. Before the next professional promise-maker gets their hopes up.
1. I’m really looking forward to the first cup of coffee of the day.
2. We’re f***ed.
3. We’re SO f***ed.
What do I think that The Annointed One and a dem (spit) majority will bring to us (in no particular order):
1. Abortion on demand as the law of the land. I believe that The Annointed One has promised this, and that’s one promise I believe
2. The Fairness Doctrine will return. Talk radio will cease to exist. I expect similar laws to muzzle the conservative portions of the internet
3. "Investigations" into the Bush Administration so that he can continue to serve as Goldstein for the foreseeable future
4. Withdrawal from Iraq. Whether that is followed by a bloodbath is unclear; the Iraqis may be strong enough to stand on their own. However, they won’t thank us for trashing their country and then abandoning them, so look for some other power (Russia? France? Red China?) to gain considerable influence there in Baghdad
5. Massive increase in union membership after the dems (spit), in the name of "fairness", dispense with the secret ballot
6. Reparations for slavery and perhaps some sort of new government agency dedicated to "reconciliation", which could be used as a club to stifle "hate speech" (i.e. anything libs don’t like). I believe that Canada already has such a thing
7. Creeping erosion of the Second Amendment: bans on "assault" weapons, then on handguns, license for ammo purchases, serialized bullets, etc. Whether the dems get around to outright confiscation remains to be seen; I would say that they will take advantage of any high-profile gun crime to push for this. It may even be that we’ll sign on to some sort of UN weapons ban
8. Higher energy costs as Nancy Pelosi tries to save the planet. This will lead to higher costs of everything else, including food
9. New "fairness" laws to make democrat (spit) vote fraud even easier. Maybe we can even have color-coded ballots for the different parties. You know: to make voting "easier" and "more fair"
10. Higher unemployment. MUCH higher unemployment. But hey! The Congress will vote for more unemployment benefits to offset the misery of the "Bush Depression", so it may actually become financially advantageous to live on the dole than to actually try to earn a living and pay taxes
11. Nationalized "key" industries such as oil, power, pharm, health care, and perhaps automotive
12. Massive cuts in defense spending. Indeed, the only thing that will keep the DoD going will be the fact that it is a major employer in some states / congressional districts
13. The tax cuts promised to everybody will disappear as The Annointed One "discovers" just had broke the federal government is. We all have to sacrifice...
Frank Luntz, FNC’s excellent political consultant and pollster, said it best this morning. I’m paraphrasing what he said after mentioning the Speaker and Senate Majority leaders popularity rating and the increased Democratic presence in congress, "Americans don’t realize what they have done".
One can only hope that the Blue Dog Democrats will rein in some of the most radical ideas of the House majority and what Mr. Obama has proposed as was done with President Carter. Unfortunately the old moderate to conservative lions of past Democratic congresses are long gone.
The harm that this president with this congress can do and says they will do frightens me beyond anything political in nature during my 63 years of existence on this earth. I hope I am wrong.
They are going to absolutely wreck everything they can get their hands on. But in a way I am kind of glad.
Because, people are basically both stupid and greedy. Americans will have to earn the hard way again, just why they don’t like liberals. I have tried to do what I can to protect myself and my family from the coming hard times.
We needed this because we were going to hell in a hand-basket under the Republicans anyway, only more slowly. At least now we can reform a new republican party and have a real difference drawn between the two parties.
One can only hope that the Blue Dog Democrats will rein in some of the most radical ideas of the House majority
Don’t count on that, they are still tying to find their nuts. Pelosi cut em off on the first day.
No, It is going to be unremitting far left everything for at least two years. get ready for it. Obama said he would hit the ground running, he even admitted that they would only have a short window to get everything done.
amr - Frank Luntz, FNC’s excellent political consultant and pollster, said it best this morning. I’m paraphrasing what he said after mentioning the Speaker and Senate Majority leaders popularity rating and the increased Democratic presence in congress, "Americans don’t realize what they have done".
My fiancee is a dem (spit). When I mentioned that the dems (spit) plan to bring back the Fairness Doctrine, she pooh-poohed mt fears: "Oh, somebody always says something stupid in politics. But they won’t actually DO it." When I pointed out that the person who promised that they WOULD do it was Trashcan Chuckie, one of the big bugs in the Senate, she still refused to believe it.
I think that many of the people who foolishly tripped the lever for (d) yesterday THOUGHT they were voting for hope, change, and ponies farting rainbows. They never stopped to consider that The Annointed One CAN’T cut taxes for 95% of our people AND increase spending without totally screwing the other 5% and / or racking up deficits that make Bush look like a miser. They never stopped to consider that SOMEBODY has to pay for "free" health care or "free" college educations.
Perhaps kyleN is right and we need a term of total misery for Americans to relearn why limited government and capitalism provide the greatest good for the greatest number. Sadly, however, I think we’ve passed a national Rubicon: there’s no going back from what’s about to happen.
I would point out that similar comments were made by those on the left after George W. Bush won, especially after his re-election. In reality, Obama will have to be pragmatic and make compromise to handle the problems we face, and I think most people recognize that we are entering an era where the kind of ideological "them vs. us" approach — where the other side is wrong, evil, ignorant, uses emotion rather than reason, and all the little attacks — is a thing of the past. This is a new era, a new America, a changed political culture. The Republicans will adapt, competition will continue, but the kind of ’ism-oriented’ ideological partisanship of the past decades needs to be buried.
After all, if I had written in 2000 that the GOP victory meant "we’re going to be humiliated in war, our surplus is going to turn to record deficits, our debt will double to over 10 trillion, and our financial system will break down" during Bush’s administration, I’d have been laughed at. Reality defies ideology. http://scotterb.wordpress.com
They won’t recognize that moderates and independents put them into office. They won’t recognize a protest vote as not being a green light for every single one of their proposals that have been on the shelf, and they’ll overreach. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Congress is going to act like pigs at a trough (nothing new but no checks this time). Republicans will take back seats in Congress. And, the whole cycle will start over.
"I think most people recognize that we are entering an era where the kind of ideological "them vs. us" approach — where the other side is wrong, evil, ignorant, uses emotion rather than reason, and all the little attacks — is a thing of the past"
If ever we needed a definition of fatuous and ignorant, this is it. Absolute proof of the rot that has set in in academia.
This is a new era, a new America, a changed political culture. The Republicans will adapt, competition will continue, but the kind of ’ism-oriented’ ideological partisanship of the past decades needs to be buried.
As usual Scott, you are a living joke. There will be no new political culture. The Chicago style politics practised by Obama will be in the forefront. They will attack, attack, attack republicans, conservatives, moderates, libertarians, and anyone at all who does not toe the party line.
They will try to silence all opposition with political correctness, the fairness doctrine or outright intimidation. You are such a naive putz.
It is going to be pure unadulterated radical leftwingism. Why do you say Obama will govern pragmatically? Why should he? he will have a mandate and total control.
Scott Erb - I would point out that similar comments were made by those on the left after George W. Bush won, especially after his re-election. In reality, Obama will have to be pragmatic and make compromise to handle the problems we face, and I think most people recognize that we are entering an era where the kind of ideological "them vs. us" approach — where the other side is wrong, evil, ignorant, uses emotion rather than reason, and all the little attacks — is a thing of the past. This is a new era, a new America, a changed political culture. The Republicans will adapt, competition will continue, but the kind of ’ism-oriented’ ideological partisanship of the past decades needs to be buried.
After all, if I had written in 2000 that the GOP victory meant "we’re going to be humiliated in war, our surplus is going to turn to record deficits, our debt will double to over 10 trillion, and our financial system will break down" during Bush’s administration, I’d have been laughed at. Reality defies ideology.
Let’s take this piece by piece...
Similar comments... by the left - Which continued throughout his administration despite evidence - or LACK thereof - to the contrary. Bush never said that he was going to curtail civil liberties, impose a theocracy, jail his opponents, censor the press, or anything else of the sort. These were all fantasies cooked up in the diseased minds of lefties who hated him because he had an (R) after his name on the ballot.
In contrast, the dems have been quite clear about what they plan to do: Fairness Doctrine, abolition of the secret ballot in union votes, wealth redistribution, higher costs for energy. Whether they achieve all they plan remains to be seen, but the fundamental difference is that Bush never said he’d do all the things the left feared; we on the right fear that The Annointed One and Co. will do exactly what they’ve SAID.
Obama will have to be pragmatic and make compromise... - With whom? Except for the fact that the dems (spit) don’t have the supermajority in the Senate that they’ve dreamed of, the CONTROL the Congress. If they peal off one or two RINO votes in the Senate, they can pass anything they want even if every other GOP member of Congress votes "no". Other than make speeches and try to offer their own ideas, the GOP has no real power and hence there’s no reason for The Annointed One to "compromise". The only check he has is the fear of going too far, too fast and losing the Congressional majority in ’10 and reelection in ’12. Given the cheating that he did this year and the advantages his party apparently hopes to gain by bribing large parts of the electorate and stifling the free speech of their opponents, he may not have that much to fear.
I think most people recognize that we are entering an era where the kind of ideological "them vs. us" approach... is a thing of the past. - Possibly you can tell this to Trashcan Chuckie the next time he equates conservative opinion with porn, or those of The Annointed One’s stooges who promised riots if he lost, or Field Marshal al-Murtha when he railed against the "racists" in his own state, or The Annointed One (H)imself when he ran against Bush instead of McCain, or the libs (spit) who made trashing Sarah Palin a central part of their campaign.
What you REALLY mean is that conservatives should just roll over and love the new order and our new dear leader. If we criticize, complain, or refrain from spontaneous and irrepressible demonstrations of joy and gratitude every time The Annointed One speaks, we’re just being nasty ol’ partisans. Sorry: heard this s*** from Slick Willie when he complained about "the politics of personal destruction" even while his goons were tearing down Paula Jones and Ken Starr.
This is a new era, a new America, a changed political culture. - Um... How? Except for a new president, there is very little change in the power structure in DC. The same filthy dems (spit) who have been running the Congress for the past two years will remain in charge. The list of potential members of The Annointed One’s cabinet reads like a Who’s Who of longtime Washington democrats (spit). There are (for the time being, anyway) the same two political parties with essentially the same platforms as they have had for decades. What about the political culture has actually changed other than the dems (spit) won big yesterday? What are the dems (spit) doing to reach out to conservatives like me other than tell me that I’m being "selfish" if I don’t want to pay higher taxes to fund THEIR social welfare schemes?
I realize that libs think (if I may use this term to describe their mental processes) that the mere PRESENCE of The Annointed One in the Oval Office will make heaven on earth, but the rest of us don’t buy into the whole Culture of Personality. I REFUSE to love Big Brother.
The Republicans will adapt, competition will continue, but the kind of ’ism-oriented’ ideological partisanship of the past decades needs to be buried.
Translation: The Republicans will go along to get along, and they’ll (perhaps) be thrown a bone or two if they behave themselves, but any serious opposition to the new order will not be tolerated.
What will critics of The Annointed One be called? "Trotskyite" has been taken; "Jew" doesn’t really work. "Enemy of the people" is a bit unwieldy. What do you think? How about "neo-cons"? Libs (spit) have been using it as a term of scorn for years already; it should do nicely.
I’m also curious just where you stand on such things as the Fairness Doctrine and the Employee Free Choice Act. It seems to me - and other conservatives - that these are violations of freedom of speech and the secret ballot. What say you? Other than "Obama is always right" and "I will work harder", that is.
humiliated in war - Humiliated? How? Oh, wait: is this the whole "we didn’t win in fifteen minutes and everybody loves us now" argument? Heard it before... I suppose that you agree with the dem (spit) position that the way to stop the humiliation is to... quit? I know! Let’s revise Wilson’s 1916 campaign slogan!
TOO PROUD TO WIN!
surplus is going to turn to record deficits - Yes, many of us have railed about the drunken-sailor-on-liberty spending that’s been going on for the past several years, though I suppose we’ve nobody but ourselves to blame for electing a "compassionate conservative". Let’s see if the dems - who have controlled the budget since Jan ’08 - will do better. Somehow, I doubt that they will. Other than defense, where would you cut the federal budget to balance it? Or do you believe that that only way to have a balanced budget is by taxing the hell out of "the rich"?
debt will double to over 10 trillion - Much has been written about dem (spit) responsibility for the meltdown that then "required" the bailout, which has added about a trillion to the debt. But we’ll see if The Annointed One and the dem (spit) majority do better. Somehow, I doubt that they will. Barney Frank has even said that INCREASED deficits will be necessary. Here’s a rule for you: deficits / debt are only bad when it’s the other guy spending too much money.
our financial system will break down" during Bush’s administration - Which Bush tried to avert in ’03, only to be stopped by... democrats (spit). O’ course, nobody was complaining about the booming economy while the bubble was expanding...
The most disturbing thing about your post is the almost religious faith you have in The Annointed One: now that HE’S elected, the country will be wonderful, partisanship will end, and things will be just peachy. It’s not, "he’s got policies that I think will be good" or "his plans seem best for the country"; you ascribe a magical, messianic quality to the man.
"This is a new era, a new America, a changed political culture."
Let me say that, from my perspective, he’s just another liberal (spit)politician. He cheated during the campaign both by voter fraud (ACORN) and accepting fraudulent contributions. He lied about accepting public financing. He and his surogates trashed their opponents (especially Sarah Palin). He played the race card shamelessly. He had various (ahem) acquaintances who helped him climb the ladder, and he ditched them (publicly, at least) when / if they became inconvenient to him. I believe that his promises of tax cuts will also be ultimately found untrue.
Nothing messianic there.
I WOULD advise you to get ready for a great disappointment when you find that The Annointed One is a man like anybody else, but I suspect that you are no more capable of this than the Pope is of becoming an atheist.
Winston, sitting in a blissful dream, paid no attention as his glass was filled up. He was not running or cheering any longer. He was back in the Ministry of Love, with everything forgiven, his soul white as snow. He was in the public dock, confessing everything, implicating everybody. He was walking down the white-tiled corridor, with the feeling of walking in sunlight, and an armed guard at his back. The longhoped-for bullet was entering his brain.
He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.
Yep. Before Slick Willie, I merely thought that dems (spit) were misguided and often mistaken but otherwise fundamentally decent, intelligent people. After watching them for the past several years, I know better. If you can suggest a better way to express my disdain, mistrust, and contempt for their loathesome party, its disgusting leaders, and the tyrannical ideology it stands for, please feel free.
I saw Obama’s acceptance speech and the whole scene was pretty creepy. Here he was tossing out "Yes We Can"s every other sentence while the camera played on teary-eyed women and an adoring mass who mouthed back his slogan. It seemed almost like a Leni Riefenstahl production to me.
I was thinking before the election results about the possibility of riots if Obama did not win. I am now thinking of the possibility of violent reaction as reality sets in and Obamas supporters realize their problems will not be solved.
Yep; you’re right. That moniker has a long and rich history; it’s almost as good as calling somebody a nazi for shutting them up and putting them on the defensive. Better, even: there’s no Godwin’s Rule regarding the race card.