Cruz in Texas, Walker in Wisconsin, Romney on Palestine and Poland.
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Last but not least in all this was Herbert Croly. Writer Siegel calls Croly and his fellow progressives “America’s Bismarcks.” “To achieve a better future,” said Croly, Americans had to be “emancipate[d] from their past.” Which is to say the American founding principles as put forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution should be jettisoned in favor of a Bismarckian-style nation “placed under skilled professional leadership” with other “special lines of work… subordinated to its particular place in a comprehensive scheme of national economy.”
The latter, of course, is precisely the thinking behind both Obamacare and the Obama stimulus.
The shorthand here, politically speaking?
Progressivism now stands in the historical dock as a foreign faith — a decidedly non-American (or, if you like, un-American) belief system. After 111 years of progressivism, with America now awash in the inevitable results of massive debt and obsessive government interference in every crack and crevice of American life — with Obamacare looming — the country is in open rebellion. A rebellion that is specifically about the “great rediscovery” of American values — precisely as Ronald Reagan suggested.
The political impact of this is easy to see — and the Obamaites see it all too clearly. Hence the ferocity and or impulsive stupidity of their attacks on Romney for Bain or his dog or his wife’s horse and so on.
Ted Cruz won the Republican nomination for Senator in Texas because Texas Republicans have had it with a GOP Establishment that was acceding to what they understand instinctively are the decidedly foreign values of the progressive movement. Values that have no relationship to the founding principles of America.
The Obama media is trying to make Mitt Romney into a gaffe-prone idiot because they understand in spades that his message on the culture of free markets in Israel is in fact a threat to the socialist culture that has combined with a messianic violence in not only Palestine but throughout the Arab world. Mr. Romney has wisely and bluntly spoken the truth about Palestine’s real culture and it has nothing to do with being Palestinian. (He also correctly called Jerusalem the capital of Israel — a decidedly unpopular truth with progressives.)
And American progressives certainly have no tolerance for former Polish President Lech Walesa — a onetime union leader who was famously a Reagan ally — giving Polish kudos to Romney. Kudos? Walesa, who invited Romney to Poland, essentially endorsed the Republican. Running as far away from the American progressive values that for decades acquiesced in his country’s submission to the Soviet Union.
Said Lech to Mitt:
I wish you to be successful because the success is needed to the United States, of course, but to Europe as well and to the rest of the world, too. So, Gov. Romney, get your success, be successful.
Again: “I wish you to be successful because the success is needed to the United States, of course, but to Europe as well and to the rest of the world….”
Which is to say, Lech Walesa believes American values…..the values Ronald Reagan hailed when he spoke of his time in office as a “great rediscovery” of American values….are necessary for the success of Europe and the rest of the world.
What’s happening in America — whether in 2012 in Texas with Ted Cruz, Wisconsin with Scott Walker, Israel and Poland with Mitt Romney, or 2010 in the GOP landslide — is an open rebellion against 111 years of progressive politics. A furious revolt against the deliberate injection of decidedly non-American values into the body politic.
Americans are insisting on the “great rediscovery” of American values that were central to the success of the Reagan presidency. Not to mention the values that were at the core of America’s founding itself.
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