The Aggressor State
posted at 12:05 pm on August 1, 2009 by Doctor Zero
Some people don’t like using the term “liberal” to describe the Left, since modern conservatism is the true inheritor of classical liberalism. There’s certainly nothing “liberating” about the monster state Democrats are constructing, in which freeborn men and women wear chains forged from 1300-page energy bills and trillion dollar health-care takeovers. The Left is always looking for a new brand name, as each of their previous names becomes a dirty word. I’m not eager to help them with their marketing efforts, but a more accurate name than “liberals” would be “aggressors.” Barack Obama may have little skill at effectively governing, but he is eminently qualified to be Commander-in-Chief of the Aggressor State.
The Left is always on the attack, because the way it requires people to live is contrary to their normal tendencies. It’s debatable whether America is currently a conservative nation, but every family and community is essentially conservative by nature. The ideas we closely associate with the modern Right are the common-sense, default behavior of people left to their own devices: free enterprise, freedom of speech, freedom of association, strength in defense, respect for private property, and reverence for the value of tradition. The modern Left does not like any of those things, or at least considers them all negotiable in value. The Left obviously believes its morally superior values take priority over free enterprise. Freedom of speech and association are trumped by racial agendas. Liberal intellectuals have long viewed private property as not merely an impediment to socialist designs, but an outright evil. Defense is the only area of government spending Democrats ever feel comfortable with cutting. The Left has nothing but contempt for tradition, and often mistakes this contempt for a sign of intelligence. Ignorant of its own intellectual history, modern liberalism doesn’t think anyone else’s intellectual history matters, either. The tired old New Deal programs and Keynesian voodoo of the Obama Administration can seem like fresh and new ideas, provided you can convince yourself history began in November 2008.
Because liberalism defines itself as transformative, it is very comfortable with aggression. This posture serves them well with a public that believes “progress” is inherently positive. The business of building the modern super-state has been a sustained attack, using cultural pressure, legislative power, and the blunt instrument of loyal voting blocs to beat Middle America into submission. The goal of the Left is to convince the middle class to give it the power to do things they would never be depraved or dishonest enough to do themselves. Ordinary people refer to the “redistribution of wealth” as “theft.” If a man wearing a tailored suit and power tie came to your door one day, and offered to take care of your health, in exchange for surrendering all control over your medical decisions to a board of faceless strangers – who also demand unlimited control over every part of your life that might conceivably impact your health – you’d slam the door in his face and call the cops. If you caught someone writing himself a $4000.00 check from your checkbook, and he explained he needs the money as tribute to his Church of Global Warming so they can save the world from an imaginary evil, you’d shoot first and call 911 later. The mission of the Left is to convince people that all of these outrages become virtuous when elected officials perpetrate them. After all, “they won.”
The Left phrases everything in the most urgent terms, because offense requires initiative. Everything it does is an assault that must be launched immediately, with every moment of delay helping the enemy… and the Left has an insatiable hunger for enemies. It prefers those enemies to be faceless, because that also makes the enemy voiceless: white racists, the Evil Rich, Big Business, Wall Street fat cats… You can tell the Left is getting desperate when it starts naming its targets, as with the weird tirades Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama launched against insurance companies and tonsil-stealing doctors, respectively.
Because it is perpetually at war, the Left is quick to turn personally vicious. No weapon was too cursed or cruel to use against Sarah Palin. An inconvenient Inspector General is declared senile, so he can be swiftly disposed of. Rush Limbaugh’s patriotism is heatedly questioned. Dick Cheney is the devil. Those who oppose cap-and-trade are “traitors to the Earth,” as Paul Krugman put it. The spray of vitriol would have been splashed over more targets if Palin hadn’t been around to absorb so much of it.
We have arrived at a moment when the Left has complete control over every branch of government, and the government has completed its metamorphosis into the Aggressor State, declaring war against its own citizens. It’s no wonder the Obama Administration is so half-hearted and inept at foreign policy – it has little time to waste on foreign threats, because it sees too many enemies inside its own borders. Every foreign policy incident since January has seemed like an annoying distraction to Obama, whose dealings with both allies and adversaries abroad have the character of a man sighing and checking his watch, eager to get back to the important work at home. The declared enemies of this Administration include insurance companies, heavy industry, oil companies, talk radio hosts, banks, citizens who ask inconvenient questions, and everyone making over $200k per year. That’s a formidable order of battle. Who’s got time for oppressed Iranians when you need to defeat half of America to advance your agenda?
The Aggressor State goes berserk when its designs are frustrated. Obama is smart enough to understand the political value of his carefully manufactured aura of serene post-partisanship, so he hasn’t taken to pounding his podium and screaming “no, no, no” like Bill Clinton in the early 90s. Obama is utterly finished the moment his Joe Cool mask slips, and he knows it. He looked more confused than angry in the infamous press conference that ended with his thoughtless comments on the Henry Gates arrest. He couldn’t help making those comments, because racism – real or imagined – is the one thing he can get away with being nakedly angry about. The other leaders of the Aggressor State have already gone mad with rage, and the beating they’re going to take from their constituents over summer recess will probably make them crazier.
Some wonder if the mounting public opposition to ObamaCare will frighten the Democrats away from it. I think they’ll make a concerted push to ram it down everyone’s throat, rallying faint-hearted congressional Democrats with any necessary combination of threats and rewards. Nationalized health care is the decisive battlefield for the Aggressor State’s war on its citizens. If the State wins this one, there will be no further meaningful resistance, until the whole system collapses. That will be a new war for the Left, but I think its leaders will be unable to pass up on the opportunity to win a final victory in the war they’ve been fighting against the American republic for the last century. They only need to hold their reluctant congressional troops together for one final charge. The most urgent task awaiting every American who still values his freedom is frightening them enough to break that charge.