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Relax, The Dems Will Screw Up

posted at 6:39 am on April 29, 2009 by

It would be very easy to fall into a depression over Arlen Specter switching political parties, giving Democrats a likely filibuster-proof Senate majority. The result will be that Obama will be able to push through much of his agenda without meaningful debate.

Not that I will miss Specter personally. Specter has become a caricature of the self-interested politician who hides his need for fame behind lofty talk of principles. More than anything, I feel sorry for Specter at a personal level, because we are watching someone going through his last hurrah. And the fact that he sold out the principles he spoke about just weeks ago regarding preserving the two-party system, demonstrates how pathetic Specter has become in his quest for a legacy. Unfortunately for Specter, his legacy will not be what he thinks it will be.

It would be easy to be depressed, until you read this snippet from history, as reported by the Politico:

The last time either party had such a wide Senate margin was during the first two years of Jimmy Carter’s term in 1977-1978, when Democrats under then-Majority Leader Robert Byrd held 61 seats.

What history shows us is that a liberal, blame-America-first Democratic President, urged on by a liberal, blame-America-first Democratic Congress, is a prescription for political self-destruction. Leave Democrats to their own devices, and they will screw themselves politically, just when they are at the height of power.

We already see this phenomenon in action:

  • As to national security, Congressional Democrats are pushing for hearings and prosecutions of the authors of memos interpreting the federal anti-torture statute. These hearings will cause enormous damage to the country, reminiscent of the damage caused to intelligence agencies by the Church commission in the 1970s. We don’t know when the risks to which we are exposed turn into an attack, but it will happen because, as the 9/11 commission noted, alQaeda is at war with us, regardless of whether we are at war with it.
  • As to foreign affairs, China, Venezuela and Iran will rise in power and influence as Democrats fulfill their dream of returning the United States to its isolationist roots. The result will be that hundreds of millions of people who yearn to live in free societies will have to defer that hope for another generation or two.
  • As to the national debt, in a year or two the nation will wake up to the fact that Democrats have mortgaged our future to the hilt, beyond what anyone could have comprehended a year ago. When the younger generations, currently smitten with the cool President, realize that they will pay this bill, there will be a backlash. And when they see mortgage rates and inflation put the good life out of their reach, the younger generation will embrace Reaganism as the cure for the Democratic disease.
  • As to human rights, in the quest for revenge against the Bush administration under the guise of obtaining justice for three high-level alQaeda operatives who were waterboarded, we will ensure that alQaeda lives on to spread true torture throughout the world. The human rights and Democratic interest groups who are silent when alQaeda uses teenagers or pregnant women to blow up other teenagers and pregnant women are relegating tens of thousands of people to alQaeda terror, without so much as a second thought. For that, we will not earn the friendship the Democrats desire, but an ignoble page in history, along with Neville Chamberlain.
  • As to government control of private industry, government control will see the final death of the American automobile industry. Those who fret that the federal government is converting its loans to voting equity on a preferential basis are missing the big picture. Government running the auto industry will be the end of the auto industry.
  • As to health care, Americans will realize that nationalized health care will be no more successful than in Canada or Britain. Americans who are upset by waiting a couple of hours in a doctor’s office will go berserk over waiting weeks or months for surgical procedures. And that fury will be more pronounced than in Canada or Britain, because we will have no traditional American health care system to fall back on.
  • As to freedom of speech, the continued and obsessive use of the race card by Democrats and Hollywood elites will cause a simmering resentment which will boil over into retribution in the voting booth. The use of false accusations of racism as a political weapon to silence debate is the least understood, and by far the most corrosive, result of the 2008 election cycle.

So I’m not depressed about the long-term future of the country, although the next few years will be tough politically. The Democrats will screw up big time, as they did during the Carter years, and the damage they cause will be generational. But the clean-up is worth looking forward to, even if the mess is not.

Cross-posted with updates at Legal Insurrection Blog

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I heartedly agree with you. Politics is a cycle and the left undermines itself with an animosity (or even a hatred) toward it’s own country. Every time Obama opens his mouth, he weakens us. Be patient, and allow them to put themselves at the edge of the precipice, and then we smile and push.

thebrokenrattle on April 29, 2009 at 7:36 AM

He still thinks that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman!

flytier on April 29, 2009 at 8:12 AM

I really hope you’re right. But who can we trust to clean the mess up when the time comes?

Amy on April 29, 2009 at 8:13 AM

Tough love.

Jim Treacher on April 29, 2009 at 8:14 AM

That is a dangerous game of chicken.

What happens if they screw up and we can’t fix it?

sonofdy on April 29, 2009 at 10:01 AM

This is why republicans should purge, to let the democrats eat all the fallout.

the_nile on April 29, 2009 at 10:02 AM

Thanks for posting this…it’s exactly how I see it.

AUINSC on April 29, 2009 at 10:04 AM

What happens if they screw up and we can’t fix it?

sonofdy on April 29, 2009 at 10:01 AM

They screw up and we can’t fix it. Social engineering doesn’t work, even when you try to use it to fix social engineering. Apparently, America has to learn all over again that actions have consequences.

Jim Treacher on April 29, 2009 at 10:05 AM

That is a dangerous game of chicken.

What happens if they screw up and we can’t fix it?

sonofdy on April 29, 2009 at 10:01 AM

I agree. That is my concern.

Activist judges, fast tracking more entitlement programs, pork-laden bills, trojan horse initiatives, taking over the census and reorganizing representation, voter fraud, card check, national security threats, opening ourselves up to major external threats, legalizing, essentially, the entire Mexican Flu. I mean, seriously…they can do some damage.

Mommypundit on April 29, 2009 at 10:05 AM

I’ve no doubt the Democrats will overreach and fail. The question is, how much damage are they going to do to the country first.

Or could the immensely humongous debt be turned into an advantage in order to get rid of all those social welfare programs.

“Sorry, gotta cut Medicare and Medicaid. Social Security? Means tested and only for retired folk, at a reduced rate.”

And take out a few cabinet posts as well

rbj on April 29, 2009 at 10:09 AM

agreed

Dems have an uncanny ability to f*ck themselves over

blatantblue on April 29, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Sometimes you have to backwards to go forward. It’s painful to watch them ruin the United States. But, we will be there to clean this mess up. Cull the RINO’s now.

suzyk on April 29, 2009 at 10:09 AM

This type of post is the problem.

If you believe the democrats haven’t -already- screwed the pooch royally, then your opposition is simply party based.

lorien1973 on April 29, 2009 at 10:12 AM

It’s fixable, but it would be just as painful as what happened in 1981-83, when Reagan and Paul Volker turned the economy around. Remember, the bull market started too late in the fall of ’82 to help the Republicans in the midterms, and at the time the Democrats thought they had a great chance to grab the White House back in ’84.

(The problem right now is that, on the inflation curve, we’re only at about 1967 when it took 13 more years for the stuff to hit the fan with the spending policies of the late 60s and 1970s. Obama’s massive spending bills are going to put those timetables into hyperspace, but until you get past the hypothetical into the real, and people start seeing the price of everything far surpass whatever wage increases occur, you’re not going to get a lot of voters to comprehend what the problem is with Barack’s plan, because most of those voters were either not born or under the age of 10 the last time it happened.)

jon1979 on April 29, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Will screw up? They’ve already screwed up so much, and yet very few people seem to care.

Obama is sassy! Everything he does is sassy! It’s utterly ridiculous to me that he can double the national debt and no one cares.

Chuck Shumer was right. Americans don’t care.

JohnJ on April 29, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Gosh — is this the optimistic case?

Riddle me this. Even in places like Detroit, California, New York, New Jersey — where liberalism is tried and fails on a spectacular scale — the Democrats never get voted out.

Why won’t this dynamic play out nationally? The country has changed – about 10M more illegals, a whole generation of know-nothings indoctrinated in our colleges and new Boomers becoming entitlement recipients every day. Why won’t they continue to vote themselves rich with other peoples’ money?

New Zealand looking pretty good.

johnboy on April 29, 2009 at 10:16 AM

How many Americans will have to die before we realize how shortsighted and tunnel-visioned this administration and congress really is?

1977-78 was just before 51 Americans got to enjoy the luxuries of Iranian prisons for over a year, while eight servicemen were killed in an ill-conceived rescue attempt.

If history is repeating itself, then we have some trouble ahead on the international front.

Bishop on April 29, 2009 at 10:17 AM

I barely survived Carter and I don’t think I can survive Bammy.

Blake on April 29, 2009 at 10:21 AM

I am glad he is gone, He can take Mccain, Snowe and Graham.
Then that will give the democrats a majority.
Then every Republican should vote PRESENT on every bill.
That way the demorats will have total responsibility for their actions.
Let the games begin.

ColdWarrior57 on April 29, 2009 at 10:23 AM

What happens if they screw up and we can’t fix it?

sonofdy on April 29, 2009 at 10:01 AM

They screw up and we can’t fix it. Social engineering doesn’t work, even when you try to use it to fix social engineering. Apparently, America has to learn all over again that actions have consequences.

Jim Treacher on April 29, 2009 at 10:05 AM
———-
The ultimate “fix” is about the same for a country as for a laptop. Migrate what you can to a new one.

Might want to keep an eye on that guy down in Texas. Governor or something. Mentioned Texas’ unique situation…

Mew

acat on April 29, 2009 at 10:23 AM

They screw up and we can’t fix it. Social engineering doesn’t work, even when you try to use it to fix social engineering. Apparently, America has to learn all over again that actions have consequences.

Jim Treacher on April 29, 2009 at 10:05 AM

A lot of Americans also need to learn that they aren’t entitled to anything except for the fruits of their own labor. When ‘we’ learn this again recovery from the damage the Democrats do will be inevitable.

gwelf on April 29, 2009 at 10:24 AM

If history is repeating itself, then we have some trouble ahead on the international front.

Bishop on April 29, 2009 at 10:17 AM
—–
History is a continuous loop – well, several continuous loops, all of varying lengths. Clear to anyone with the eyes and the patience to see.

And if you think we’re not having international trouble …

Mew

acat on April 29, 2009 at 10:25 AM

That is what I keep typing…all we have to do is wait. Time is on our side. My only question is, will the mess be clear this time next year to the normally clueless, obvious enough to effect the 2010 election. 2012 is a guarantee.

JIMV on April 29, 2009 at 10:32 AM

How many Americans will have to die before we realize how shortsighted and tunnel-visioned this administration and congress really is?

1977-78 was just before 51 Americans got to enjoy the luxuries of Iranian prisons for over a year, while eight servicemen were killed in an ill-conceived rescue attempt.

If history is repeating itself, then we have some trouble ahead on the international front.

Bishop on April 29, 2009 at 10:17 AM

I have to wonder how many Americans will have to die this time around.

CurtZHP on April 29, 2009 at 10:36 AM

JIMV on April 29, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Most economists are predicting that U.S. job losses will continue at least into spring of 2010, and possibly longer. If that turns out to be the case, it doesn’t bode well for Democratic candidates in the 2010 elections.

AZCoyote on April 29, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Could not agree more. They have the reins; they take the blame.

There have always been and will always be both ants and grasshoppers ala Aesop. The curve is sadly shifted to the grasshopper side right now, but that is unsustainable.

Our options now are to:
1. Constantly point out their excesses and incompetence to everyone who will listen.
2. Rally behind the good causes.
3. Boycott the cheerleading MSM and their sponsors.
4. Get busy finding and vetting exceptional GOP leader(s) for the next election cycles.

We can do this.

doctormom on April 29, 2009 at 10:40 AM

At least it’s a worldwide global recession.

Once China & India shake it off then we will see
a real decline in US GDP and the stock market should tank
and not recover in time for Obama ver2.

Obama will be able to pass another MASSIVE “stimulus”
with Arlen on board the Barry express to hell.

The first “stimulus” is not doing anything and all it will
do is grease the skids for all those “stimulus” receipents
to give back to the democratic party. The UAW is on track
to become Barry’s biggest source of “washed cash”.

izoneguy on April 29, 2009 at 10:44 AM

The ultimate “fix” is about the same for a country as for a laptop. Migrate what you can to a new one.

Might want to keep an eye on that guy down in Texas. Governor or something. Mentioned Texas’ unique situation…

Mew

acat on April 29, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Good analogy – Barry is corrupting the OS so the solution is a whole
new puter with a clean OS.

izoneguy on April 29, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Eh, so we sit back and sip our “Billy Beer”, err, “Georgie Brew” while we wait for 2012 and the final trump. What me worry?

OkieDoc on April 29, 2009 at 11:13 AM

..in order to capitalize, the Right must redefine itself as the party of principle and integrity – it must consistently walk the talk.

Quetzal on April 29, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Posted on the other thread:

Question:
Benedict Specter ran as a Republican and stabbed the country in the back by switching over to the side of the Statists, why can’t we have a recall of this twit?

Shouldn’t the voters be allowed to have a choice on which party their representatives are from?

Chainsaw56 on April 29, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Fake8 on April 29, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Quetzal on April 29, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Amen!

GT on April 29, 2009 at 11:33 AM

The real hope is in the degree that Fox News is coming to carry the news arena. Fox is a mix of solid right to left-but-not-quite-moonbat (Geraldo R.) and often gives folks on both sides some chance to speak. When that happens, viewers see that there is a real moral decision to be made, not a no-think slam-dunk. And that may … may just wake people up to the sewage milkshake that the MSM has been feeding them.

njcommuter on April 29, 2009 at 11:36 AM

I’ll change that title, adding a word at the beginning and at the end.
.
FROM:
“Relax, The Dems Will Screw Up”
.
TO:
DON’T Relax, The Dems Will Screw Up AMERICA

DavePa on April 29, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Thanks, doctormom, for your actionary list. I agree that the Dems will screw up (they have already), but we have to get the message to people any way we can. The MSM surely will not do its job and report the problems. They’re too busy swooning and tingling. It’s up to us. We need to push the GOP to get the message out, and let’s find politicians who can take the reins and make this horse giddyup.

College Prof on April 29, 2009 at 12:21 PM

I can only hope that you are right. My only fear is that the current GOP cannot produce another Reagan.

I would vote for human cloning in this one case …

– HiredGun

HiredGun on April 29, 2009 at 12:22 PM

But the clean-up is worth looking forward to

We’ve been cleaning up FDR’s mess for decades, and I assure you, it’s not been fun. Why you think we’ll ever recover from Obama’s mess is beyond me.

ballz2wallz on April 29, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Gosh — is this the optimistic case?

Riddle me this. Even in places like Detroit, California, New York, New Jersey — where liberalism is tried and fails on a spectacular scale — the Democrats never get voted out.

Why won’t this dynamic play out nationally? The country has changed – about 10M more illegals, a whole generation of know-nothings indoctrinated in our colleges and new Boomers becoming entitlement recipients every day. Why won’t they continue to vote themselves rich with other peoples’ money?

New Zealand looking pretty good.

johnboy on April 29, 2009 at 10:16 AM

If the Texas thing doesn’t happen, I’ll need somewhere to go. What are the firearm laws there like?

toliver on April 29, 2009 at 12:49 PM

I suspect Rush has doubled his business.

seven on April 29, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Most assuredly the Dems and Obama will frak things up (I can say that here can’t I?)- the problem is the scale of the mess.

I fear that the change Obama has in mind for America in the next few years will be so fundamental that there will be no going back. America will never be the same again.

Republicans may very well sweep back into power but they will do so in very different circumstances than today. And then, come next election time we’ll hear from the media 24/7 about how all those problems that Obama and the Dems caused were actually the fault of the new Republican administration. You know how it works…

Jay Mac on April 29, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Why would I relax because the Democrats are going to screw up? That’s what troubles me above all else.

RightOFLeft on April 29, 2009 at 1:51 PM

All bubbles burst. And the pendulum always swings. But damage is done,

But this crew is going to try to thoroughly disrupt the American election process using the Census, Acorn, and other nut groups.

It’s scary.

Dhuka on April 29, 2009 at 9:40 PM

But the clean-up is worth looking forward to, even if the mess is not.

We haven’t cleaned up after FDR yet. Obama is creating frak-ups of global proportions and intends to remake America! Remake her? We should be in the streets en masse over that alone! What an arrogant hateful fool.

The clean-up in aisle 9/11-next will be more toxic and septic than we can imagine.

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