Nor will conservatism, if Obama wins and is left free to pursue his inner Che.
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All of this is not just Obama. It is the heart and soul of today’s Democrat party, more publicly revealed to America now then ever before, as more and more Democrats have felt free under Obama to drop their mask, and reveal their inner Che. What is now revealed is America’s Democrat party as one of the most left-wing political parties in the entire world. That is why it is no longer a respectable institution that ordinary Americans can support, with their votes, their volunteer time, and their contributions.
This is what is on the ballot now for political offices all over America. If the Democrats go down to another stinging defeat this year as in 2010, then this progressive, neo-Marxist, radical left, Che Guevara vision will be more thoroughly discredited and repudiated than it ever has in any debate anywhere. The Marxists who are still fighting in reaction to the rise of capitalism centuries ago, and the industrial revolution that ushered in capitalist prosperity and dominance in the 1800s, will have been defeated for at least a generation, and maybe for good. Half of remaining Democrat office holders will turn to collaborating with the new Republican majorities and President to enact a more free market, Romney/Ryan vision than even was implemented under Reagan, ushering in a new American century of economic and military dominance.
Given how Obama has so religiously pursued the opposite of everything Reagan did, it will only be just deserts now if instead of being re-elected in a landslide and validated by the voters, as Reagan was, he is defeated in a landslide and discredited by the voters, as he deserves.
Can Conservatism Survive?
But the other half of the picture is what happens to conservatism if Obama manages to win. Obama is running an in your face campaign against conservatism. He has now openly embraced gay marriage. The Democrat theme of a Republican War on Women is morphing into an unrestrained embrace of abortion without limits. That will be featured all the more at the Democrat convention. Obama is even campaigning on forcing the Catholic Church to pay for contraceptives and medical procedures that transgress their political beliefs. Let Obama have one more Supreme Court appointment in a second term, and the historic Second Amendment victory the American people won in the recognition of an individual right to keep and bear arms in Heller v. DC will be gone in a matter of months.
If Obama wins campaigning like this, his victory will be taken as a rout of social conservatives and their pro-family values. You could expect even Republicans to start to fall from the social conservative platform, convinced it is a loser, particularly those running in the Northeast, Midwest, and Far West. Expect to see the explosive return of gun control.
Moreover, Obama is the first presidential candidate to run on a tax increase since Walter Mondale in 1984. Even in his first campaign, Obama did not run promising to increase taxes. He just promised not to increase them for singles making less than $200,000 a year, and couples making less than $250,000, a promise he broke and smashed to bits in Obamacare.
But now even more than Mondale, Obama is running on very specific, multiple tax increases for a second term. On January 1, the tax increases of Obamacare go into effect, and the Bush tax cuts expire, which Obama is pledged not to renew for the nation’s successful small businesses, job creators, and investors.
Who gets hurt the most by that is, surprise, the middle class, and working people, as that will throw America back into a double dip recession before we have even had any real recovery from the last one. The unemployment rate will soar back into double digits, the deficit will soar well over $2 trillion, real wagers and income will decline further, and poverty will soar. Again, even the Washington establishment CBO is already ringing alarm bells over that.
Another problem is that rhetorically Obama is running against “the failed policies of the past” as the cause of the 2008 financial crisis. He has explicitly made clear that means Reagan style deregulation. But listen to him more carefully recently and you will see he has effectively been saying that prior tax rate cuts were the cause of the crisis and recession as well.
There is no economic theory under which tax rate cuts cause recession. Not even Marxism. Even Keynesianism recognizes tax rate reductions as expansionary. But that doesn’t stop Obama from leading his Obamabots over the fiscal cliff.
If Obama wins having broken his pledge in the 2008 campaign not to raise taxes on the middle class and working people, while promising still more sweeping tax increases, and fingering tax rate cuts as the cause of the financial crisis, conservatives will have lost the tax issue as well, perhaps for a generation. The media will much more aggressively label anyone who even criticizes a reelected and therefore deified Obama in any way as a racist.
And despite what even some conservatives are saying, if Obama wins there is no way he will back down on his tax increases now already scheduled in current law for January 1. The “rich” already pay almost all the income taxes in America, and the federal income tax is already the most “progressive” in the world, and so there is no reason to Obama’s charge that the rich are not paying their fair share. But raiding them still more is a major reason Obama ran for office. After winning a second term, there is no way he is going to back down from a victory he has already won. When the economy turns south again, he will just blame it again on the Bush tax cuts, and after he has been reelected, even disputing him on anything will start to look like a racist civil rights violation justifying jail time. More people on welfare as a result just means more Democrat voters to him.
Moreover, if Obama wins, Paul Ryan and his brave, courageous, innovative budgets will have been discredited and repudiated as well. Don’t expect to see even Republicans bring up entitlement reform again, nor any more even the discredited tax cuts that “caused” the financial crisis. There will be no political hope or stopping point before fiscal collapse for America.
This is what is at stake for conservatives in this election. If they lose, the entire Reagan coalition will be taken as politically discredited and repudiated. These very stark different contrasts as to the future posed by this election are why this election is a decision point for the American people no less dramatic than 1776.
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?