November In Focus
posted at 1:14 am on August 18, 2010 by Doctor Zero
The strands of the Internet hum with confusion, anger, and message manipulation from an increasingly desperate Left. Their last-ditch strategy involves brewing up a petri dish full of viral memes about the conservative grassroots, in the hope of weakening their resolve, and perhaps frightening a few independents into staying home in November. They hope to nourish the disgust of the “pox on both their houses” types into lethargy.
It’s not going to work. The next two elections are vitally important, and we remain focused. I hope we’ll also remember the lesson that all elections are important. Today’s crisis is the output of many generations of error.
We are not “distracted” by debates such as the Ground Zero mosque. Expressing opposition to this project is not a mind-melting exercise. Islam is still infused with too much of the bloody darkness that terrorized the aisles of United 93, United 175, American 11, and American 77 with box-cutters gripped in its tendrils. The organizers of the Cordoba House project have been unwilling to denounce that darkness without qualification. “Outreach” and “tolerance” are vitally needed in the Muslim world, not the streets of Manhattan. This only seems complicated to those who willfully blindfold themselves with ideology, or subordinate common sense to political calculation.
We are not intimidated by sneering accusations of racism. We will remember those who made those accusations when we vote. We will consider the weakness of a philosophy that approaches debate by convincing itself there is no legitimate opposition to its views, and no honorable dissent from its leaders.
We do not view every issue through the prism of Barack Obama. Only the rapidly shrinking Left continues to see him as a Rorschach inkblot for the American soul. Suggesting that an issue like the Ground Zero mosque is really “about” Obama, as Dave Weigel does, is laughable. Obama could not be less significant in this debate. After quickly backpedaling from his first widely-ignored statements, he folded in on himself and disappeared. This doesn’t provide some kind of clever excuse for Democrats to save themselves by turning our national discussion away from the economy. Not even a seven-story mosque could hide such monumental failure.
We don’t have “unrealistic” expectations about “oversold” government programs. We don’t have any more expectations about Big Government at all. That’s why we’re going to tear it down, and reclaim what it has taken from us. We aren’t expecting the government to work miracles with our tax dollars. We expect it to return them. We’ll handle the miracles.
We are not a nation of cretins, too simple-minded to appreciate the magnificence of our august rulers. We have watched the designs of our “elite” fail comprehensively, at every level. We will not accept their substandard performance as the new boundaries of our lives, or their weary projections of debt and stagnation as the new limits of possibility. We will not live in the grey watercolor they have painted for us. We demand a future where risk may be taken with careful calculation, and answered with reward. We will restore the role of fair taxes as the mechanism for funding the limited duties of a lawful government, rather than serving as a method of reward and punishment to ensure compliance with the ideology of the ruling class. Let them find willing test subjects for their pet theories. Let their ideas compete in the arena of persuasion, without the heavy iron of compulsion.
We are not helpless pawns, to be shoved through history by the irresistible forces of precedent and dependency. We will not resign ourselves to an inescapable future of indenture, where every dollar of this bloated government is sacred, and trillions more are demanded… where every benefit is the untouchable property of an angry constituency, and the only question is how much of our time we should be allowed to keep, after working to satisfy their demands. Each new, eternal government program is a slice of our freedom we are told we can never have back. We don’t believe that any more. The destiny of our children will not be decided by corrupt politicians looking to stitch winning constituencies together with golden thread from our Treasury.
We no longer accept the illusion of government as a vast temple of mystery, which all but a wealthy clergy are forbidden to enter. We will no longer deposit our tithe on the steps of that temple and back away quietly. We demand accountability, and consequence. No more trillion-dollar “stimulus” theft. No more billions appropriated with hysterical cries of alarm, then packed away into slush funds, while taxpayers cough up hundreds of millions in interest. What is more obscene than the notion of deficit spending to fill a politician’s wallet?
We will not dismiss the corruption of our ruling class with a nervous laugh, and a few jokes about how they’re all crooks. We are sickened by parties and fundraisers thrown for the likes of Charles Rangel and Maxine Waters. Most of us won’t get a chance to vote them out directly… but we can rinse their party out of Washington, and demand justice from those who replace them. We expect a lot of Democrats to begin answering questions under oath in 2011. We’re not worried about “paralyzing” Washington. We’re going to hold it down while we cut out the tumors. It would be best if it kept still until we’re finished.
The monster State is finished. We can take it apart now, or be crushed beneath its weight when it collapses. I think those shocking generic-candidate polls, and the vast shift in the electorate they describe, are due to the growing awareness of those alternatives.
The gathering thunder of a revolution is always a little scary. We will not falter.
The “hope and change” promised last time was a lie. There was no “change,” just a heavy foot on the gas pedal of a very old machine that was already coming apart at the seams. Now that all its tires are blown, and we’re headed for a cliff… surprise! The very same people instruct us that the correct attitude is hopelessness. Well, “hope” is a prayer for rescue, offered by the powerless. Only faith in ourselves can give us the courage to welcome an uncontrolled future, as the canvas where we will paint our achievements. It also provides armor against distraction, and intimidation, which is why the Left is wasting its time by trying to rewrite the story of November 2010 in advance.
Cross-posted at www.doczero.org.
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