Liberalism in America is going the way of Communism. Obama just might be our Gorbachev.
In an ironic sense Karl Marx was right. We are witnessing
today a great revolutionary crisis, a crisis where the demands of
the economic order are conflicting directly with those of the
political And one of the simple but overwhelming facts of our time
is this: Of all the millions of refugees we’ve seen in the modern
world, their flight is always away from, not toward the Communist
world…. What I am describing now is a plan and a hope for the long
term — the march of freedom and democracy which will leave
Marxism-Leninism on the ash-heap of history as it has left other
tyrannies which stifle the freedom and muzzle the self-expression
of the people.
— President Ronald Reagan addressing the British Parliament, 1982
For the American Left — those who have made it their work to enshrine Leftist or Leftist Lite ideology into American life and law — the end is nigh. Ronald Reagan accurately predicted a similar fate for their more heavy-handed Communist cousins, and now their own demise is clearly in progress.
And Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson have left Barack Obama holding the bag.
If in fact Reagan was right about the inevitability of the collapse of Communism — and to the astonishment of his critics he was — his “ash heap of history” speech more than applies to those who seriously believed that with a nip here and a tuck there the same left-wing theories could work in America.
By the 1980’s Reagan — and others like British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Pope John Paul II — were dealing in a world where the signs of an eventual Communist collapse were apparent in all manner of events large and small. Here are but a few of those signs:
• East and West Germany: The two side-by-side nations, artificial constructs dating from the end of World War II, had become vivid symbols of the successes of a Western-style capitalist democracy versus a Communist Left socialist state. Prosperity oozed from West Germany — and West Berlin. Germans were constantly trying to flee the East for the West.
• The Berlin Wall: While many in the day saw it as a permanent fixture, in fact it was a literally concrete-and-mortar admission of Communism as a failure. This showcased a society that depended on force to keep its people from leaving.
• Rebellions in the Soviet Empire: From East Germany in 1953 to Hungary in 1956 to Czechoslovakia in 1968 and even in Poland as early as 1970, rebellions against the Communist rulers had broken out.
• Poland and the rise of Solidarity: It was becoming increasingly clear that the Communist government of Poland could no longer hide its economic failures. A prominent Catholic priest, Father Jerzy Popieluszko, a leading Polish dissident, disappeared — his bound body finally discovered in the River Vistula. The leader of Solidarity, Lech Walesa, became internationally famous as he organized union strikes against the regime. And perhaps most dramatically, the Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla became Pope John Paul II, electrifying Poland and those trapped behind the Iron Curtain.
• Failure in Afghanistan: The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was a failure, stretching an already failing empire for cash and troops.
• The Arms Race: It was becoming increasingly clear that with an economy in tatters, it was impossible for the Soviets to maintain a serious arms race with the United States.
Collectively these facts telegraphed (to those paying attention, at least) that the entire idea of Communism was, in Reagan’s words, a “form of insanity — a temporary aberration” in history.
Famously, Reagan — against the most assured “wisdom” of the day — believed that to challenge Communism directly was to win, because the insanity was ultimately unsustainable.
Take a good look around the real world in which President Obama is now operating. What do you see?
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online