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by Christopher Chantrill
June 17, 2014 at 12:00 am
WHEN I VOTED for Barack Obama in 2008 along with all the kiddies that swarmed into my polling place, I did not do it because I had any confidence in him. I voted for Obama because I wanted Democrats to be in charge of US foreign policy so that they could get beyond the inanity of Bush Lied, People Died and deal with global reality rather than talking-point reality.
What I did not appreciate was that Democrats had, in the 2000s, diligently unlearned the economic lessons of the Reagan Revolution.
The truth about Barack Obama is not, as Peter Wehner understandably wails, that “Obama is Worse Than We Thought.” The truth is that Barack Obama has ruled as a remarkably faithful liberal president. Practically everything he has done is right out of the standard liberal playbook and reflects conventional liberal thinking. Obama is not worse than we thought. Liberals are worse than we thought.
If you run Wehner’s reverse-angle replay, from disaster in Iraq to failure in the Middle East to failed foreign policy in general, and then cue up domestic failure with Obamacare and unemployment, stimulus and increased inequality, weak growth and low work-force participation, nothing is particular to Obama. All he has done is standard liberal stupidity. And since he has disdained to blend in a conservative play or two, the failure is 100% liberal.
The shocking thing about the present moment is the Bourbon aspect. Not Kentucky, but French, as in: liberals seem to have forgotten nothing and learned nothing.
We had a little reminder of that this week as liberal commentators sank onto their fainting couches while poring over econ prof Dave Brat’s mild reference to government’s monopoly on violence. Apparently Brat has read German sociologist Max Weber, but our educated journalists have not. Here’s a bit more German political philosophy for you liberals – from Austrian George Jellinek. A state must have “Staatsvolk, Staatsgebeit, und Staatsgewalt” or state people, state territory and state power.
Personally, I like to take my political philosophy neat, as in: Government is Force. Period.
Obama isn’t worse than we thought; liberalism is worse than we thought. We conservatives thought we had won the argument over administered bureaucracy vs. market solutions. We were wrong. We though we had buried Keynes for good. We were wrong. We thought we had re-established the idea of hard money. We were wrong. We thought political correctness was a joke. We were wrong.
We must now confront reality. Our present ruling class of the educated elite will always be like this. They will always try to govern with comprehensive and mandatory administrative programs like Obamacare for health care and Dodd-Frank for finance. They will always think that you stop corporate shenanigans with another Sarbanes Oxley springtime for form-fillers. And they will always chicken out of genuine spending reform with Keynesian cheap money and stimulus. They will always be political and cultural bullies. Because that is who they are and that is what they do.
The only way out of this mess is to replace the current ruling class with another one.
Maybe that was the lesson of Cantor vs. Brat last week. We may say of Cantor, given the gracious manner of his leaving, that he is a class act. But the problem is that Eric Cantor was doing deals with the ruling class, with flood-the-zone immigration, with the crony capitalist Ex-Im Bank reauthorization. The Tea Party is saying: No. We are done with all that. The old way is broken; we have to make a clean break with the past.
My friend, a Stewart/Colbert fan, tells me that he sees the Republicans wandering around like lost sheep. This at a moment when “Just 34% of Americans believe [President Obama] has a ’clear plan’ for solving the nation’s problems.”
Where’s the Republican “clear plan” to solve the nation’s problems?
Maybe the problem isn’t that Obama is worse than we thought. Or even that liberalism is worse than we thought. Maybe the problem is that the post-Bush Republican funk is worse than we thought.
Here’s the problem. If the Republican candidate in 2016 is going to persuade the American people on a “clear plan” to solve the nation’s problems, then the candidate’s policy people will have produced a policy framework by mid 2015 at the latest, and that policy framework will have reflected the best that conservative minds can think and say right now, such as the “Room to Grow” manifesto that went up a few weeks ago.
In other words, the Republican platform for 2016 should be crystallizing in the minds of the party faithful right now. I don’t see it; I don’t feel it. I’d have to agree with my friend. Right now the Republicans are wandering around like lost sheep.
And that’s worse than I thought.
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[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists, she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican
Families helped each other putting up homes and barns. Together, they built churches, schools, and common civic buildings. They collaborated to build roads and bridges. They took pride in being free persons, independent, and self-reliant; but the texture of their lives was cooperative and fraternal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050
For [the left] there is only the state and the individual, nothing in between. No family to rely on, no friend to depend on, no community to call on. No neighbourhood to grow in, no faith to share in, no charities to work in. No-one but the Minister, nowhere but Whitehall, no such thing as society - just them, and their laws, and their rules, and their arrogance.
David Cameron, Conference Speech 2008
Imagining that all order is the result of design, socialists
conclude that order must be improvable by better design of some superior mind.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit
[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values
[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.
But the only religions that have survived are those which support property and the family.
Thus the outlook for communism, which is both anti-property and anti-family, (and also anti-religion), is not promising.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit
[T]he way to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,
Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300â€“301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop
discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District
A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is merely relative, is asking you not to believe him. So dont.
Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy
Paul Dirac: When I was talking with Lemaître about [the expanding universe] and feeling stimulated
by the grandeur of the picture that he has given us, I told him that
I thought cosmology was the branch of science that lies closest to religion.
However [Georges] Lemaître [Catholic priest, physicist, and
inventor of the Big Bang Theory] did not agree with me. After thinking it over he
suggested psychology as lying closest to religion.
John Farrell, The Creation Myth
Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization