The more dependent this group becomes, and the more it enlarges — to the benefit of its Democrat benefactors.
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To the contrary, our new government class is not about confirming one’s soul in self-control, but about confirming and ordering one’s life around Washington, whether through milking the system for ongoing welfare benefits, demanding that taxpayers fund their contraception, or relying upon the federal government for full-time work — and punishing any politician who vows to scale back government in order to save America from becoming Greece. Any real leader who threatens to dissolve the Department of Education, or de-fund PBS, or enact wage or hiring freezes is attacked as a pariah and mortal threat to the United States of America and its citizenry. He is cast as a rogue villain who must be defeated. His attempts to preserve the republic’s fiscal sanity are viewed as pernicious, as anathema to the interests of the new government class.
This new poster child of progressivism/liberalism would make the Founders shudder, and perhaps even go back to the Constitutional drawing board.
Ironically, the government class in America today — and those governing it — look not to the American Founders but to the Western Europe that the Founders fled. In fact, it’s rather amazing that a leftist, anti-colonialist like Barack Obama would find his ideal in Western Europe, but, alas, he does — and he leads his party and its millions of unquestioning, dutiful followers right along with him. It’s funny: for decades liberals have been indoctrinated in their universities to despise Western Europe. Yet, they’ve completely embraced Western Europe’s welfare-statism. It is their end-goal.
So, where does this leave us as a republic? Well, in very deep trouble. Most of those in the new government class become rapidly conditioned to their reality. Easily lured into their situation to begin with, they will be easily prompted into vociferously defending their position — especially those in unions. They will defend their status quo with ferocious loyalty when the right buttons are pushed by liberal-Democrat organizers and agitators who benefit from their votes. And Barack Obama’s sycophantic, partisan “journalists” will be their unfailing ally.
Ronald Reagan said that the only guarantee of eternal life in this world is a government bureaucracy. He was correct, especially once the government bureaucracy is unionized; ditto for the bureaucracy’s programs and goodies. You will not be able to undo Obama-care; trying to do so will be like unscrambling eggs. Look at Britain’s National Health Service; it is the third-rail of British politics. Even Margaret Thatcher couldn’t touch it.
For a glimpse at America’s future, look to Greece, France, and Spain, which are already long gone, populated by virtual citizen-zombies walking along with their hands out. The one glimmer of hope might be Britain circa 1978-79, when the electorate somehow awakened and hired Margaret Thatcher, who took on the unions and the government class. In the United States, however, it will not be easy. We will need a Thatcher or a Reagan, who will be demonized unlike any American heretofore, and can withstand and defeat the demonization. Moreover, we will need that leader very soon. If this isn’t halted quickly, America as we know it is over.
How long? We have four years. Think about it: How many more Americans over the next four years will be employed and unionized by government, on unemployment, on food stamps and welfare, on government for healthcare, on government for contraception, and more? And they will be further trained to believe this is the norm and their natural right, and that anyone standing in the way is a monster. It may already be too late. The seeds have been planted and are now germinating.
Barack Obama promised a fundamental transformation of this nation. It is now fully underway, courtesy of breathtakingly oblivious voters and pro-Obama “journalists.” They have joined him as the handmaidens to this ominous new government class.
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?