Cruz in Texas, Walker in Wisconsin, Romney on Palestine and Poland.
The Great Rediscovery is in the headlines:
“Senate Candidate in Texas is Known as an Intellectual Force ” — The New York Times
To borrow from Bob Dylan: “The times, they are ‘a changin’”
There is no accident in all the headlines cited above, you know.
America is in the midst of the next chapter in what Ronald Reagan called “the great rediscovery” of American values.
And the Other Side knows it. Which is why the aroma of desperation that emanates ever more distinctly from Team Obama and its media allies.
Let’s take the eagle eye view here, shall we? From about, oh, September 14th of 1901 until today, August 2nd of 2012.
On September 14, 1901, William McKinley’s popular Vice President Theodore Roosevelt became president with McKinley’s sudden death at the hands of, ironically, a leftist man of anarchy named Leon Czolgosz.
With that accident of history, the first of America’s “progressive” presidents moved into the White House. A century-plus of “progressivism” was launched, its political tide ebbing on occasion (the Harding-Coolidge years) but increasingly flowing with all the force of the Atlantic in the grip of an endless series of hurricanes. From TR to Woodrow Wilson to Herbert Hoover (yes, myths aside, Hoover was a “progressive Republican”) and on to FDR’s New Deal and LBJ’s Great Society, the color of America’s political waters ran from blue to bluer to bluest. Whether elected or appointed Republicans (the moderately blue Eisenhower, Nixon, and Ford), there was, seemingly, no way to stop the whirlwind.
The first effort to seriously put a halt to all of this was, of course, Barry Goldwater’s 1964 nomination. Goldwater’s loss became the ultimate victory — the first serious step forward for the conservative resistance. It was here to stay. By 1980, the Reagan Revolution had begun.
The mistake made by some was to think the Reagan Revolution was somehow over. It wasn’t. As Ronald Reagan was the first to say, Reagan himself was not a “Great Communicator” because of his personal skills. He won the affectionate nickname because, as he said, he “communicated great things.”
Those “great things” are at their core utterly American. Said Reagan in his Farewell Address:
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.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online