They screwed up in re-electing Obama, America’s new Samson.
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This brings us back to the main question — of where to look first in pointing the finger of blame.
I believe it must be pointed at the American people.
People will believe what they want to believe. And in this case more people than not were inclined to focus on a meaningless positive indicator while averting their eyes from a damning negative indicator.
They had two examples of presidential leadership to choose from: the one frivolous and the other serious. And they chose to go with frivolous example.
Now if you accept the premise that the American people made a big mistake in re-electing a very bad president to a second term, there are other conclusions that flow from that regarding the lessons to be learned for the Republican Party.
One of those lessons is not to try to fight the last war by feeling a great need to do more to seek out the youth vote, and the women’s vote, and the Hispanic, Asian, or Black votes — through headlong competition with the Democrats/demagogues in offering special-interest favors to each and all groups.
Obama and the Democrats campaigned on wedge issues — and on making promises to others that the government will be in no position to honor in driving the nation toward bankruptcy. Obama is physically miscast for the part of Samson, but it seems that he will be happy if he is able to impose a massive tax increase on the “rich” — the misnamed rich, I might add — which will pull down the proverbial temple upon all of our heads. His panoply of heavier tax levies on capital gains, estate, and earned income would provide a comprehensive and disastrous set of disincentives for millions of small business owners and entrepreneurs who struggle to send their own sons and daughters to college and who are collectively responsible for an outsized proportion of the nation’s total workforce.
Let him (the skinniest of Samson’s) do his damnedest: Even if he succeeds, most will probably crawl out from under the rubble. Maybe it’s better to have a sudden and violent shock than a slow descent into greater and greater government aggrandizement and greater and greater government failure.
Far better, I say, for the Republicans to stick to principle — rather than to imitate the Democrats in their slavish pandering to different groups and their insolent disregard for economic reality.
The bedrock principles for conservatives ought to be liberty, open markets, freedom of choice, and limited as opposed to limitless government.
If those are the abiding principles, there will be room enough for everyone to flourish — including all of the groups and sub-groups mentioned above.
If we re-awaken the real American spirit, there will be less of the useless fretting over wedge issues that assumed such outsized importance among some groups during the 2012 election.
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?