WSJ: Fear the coming liberal revolution
posted at 2:55 pm on October 17, 2008 by Ed Morrissey
What will a Barack Obama presidency mean? It will almost certainly give Democrats an undivided government, their first since 1993. In that period, Democrats tried nationalizing the health-care industry — and that was under the direction of a DLC-sponsored moderate President. Under Barack Obama, the Wall Street Journal predicts a return to 1965 … or 1933:
If the current polls hold, Barack Obama will win the White House on November 4 and Democrats will consolidate their Congressional majorities, probably with a filibuster-proof Senate or very close to it. Without the ability to filibuster, the Senate would become like the House, able to pass whatever the majority wants.
Though we doubt most Americans realize it, this would be one of the most profound political and ideological shifts in U.S. history. Liberals would dominate the entire government in a way they haven’t since 1965, or 1933. In other words, the election would mark the restoration of the activist government that fell out of public favor in the 1970s. If the U.S. really is entering a period of unchecked left-wing ascendancy, Americans at least ought to understand what they will be getting, especially with the media cheering it all on.
Some will say that the Democrats deserve a shot at undivided government again, since the Republicans had four years of control over both chambers of Congress and the White House in the Bush years. (Democrats controlled the Senate from 2001-2, thanks to Jumping Jim Jeffords.) Many Republicans, myself included, would gladly agree that the GOP didn’t use its opportunity to change the governing philosophy in Washington, but merely adopted its worst power-hoarding practices. That lost opportunity doesn’t mean the Democrats would make the same mistake.
Read the entire WSJ editorial. They note that in 1933 and 1965, liberal Democrats fundamentally abused the nature of government and its relationship to the economy in ways we still have not corrected. What changes can we expect in an Obama administration?
- Nationalized health care
- Union supremacy and a boost of cash to the Democratic Party
- Massive tax increases and redistributionism
- Curtailed free-speech protections
It’s not a pretty picture.