If the liberals were so angry, something good must have happened.
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The good news, and the real change, is that the GOP is no longer the party of Rockefeller Republicans. Newt Gingrich put the problem eloquently some years back, when he said that the GOP was too eager to act as “tax collectors for the welfare state.” He had Bob Dole in mind. If Gingrich is to be included in any compendium of quotations, this one should be etched in stone. And if that GOP era is now passed, then the fury of the Left is understandable.
When a $900 billion stimulus package was enacted early in Obama’s term, in 2009, the Democrats must have been quietly reveling in the expectation that Republicans would now have to take on their time-honored responsibility by agreeing to raise taxes lest the “deficit” get out of control.
Lacking any such assurance in the future, the big spenders will have to alter their strategy.
What exactly goes on in the minds of American liberals? Their main problem is that they have not accepted that the world is made in a way that laws and politics can only marginally change. Communists made the same mistake. In fact, Liberals are the first cousins of Communists, which is why in the Cold War American liberals were so reluctant to criticize the Soviet Union. They saw that it had been built on principles (godless egalitarianism) that they themselves supported and promoted.
Modern-day American-style liberalism is an attempt to install the same egalitarian system — with the significant addition of democracy. In the end such a system must collapse, just as the Soviet Union did. We can only hope that democracy will come to our rescue before our system, too, collapses. The Tea Party, a child of democracy, gives us reason to hope that a true crisis can be averted.
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?