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Tyrrell Opens the Bartley Gala of 2015

Does anyone remember that classic of left-wing thought written back in 2009, The Death of Conservatism? This extended exercise in sophistry was written by Sam Tanenhaus, and naturally it was celebrated by all the mainstream media’s walking dead: the walking dead at the money-losing New York Times, the walking dead at the money-losing Washington Post, the cadavers at the major networks, led by NBC News and its drop-dead beautiful star, Brian Williams, whose mythical helicopter crash-landed just last week. Tanenhaus’s book actually came out just months before a disconcerting event took place. That disconcerting event would be the off-year elections of 2010. You will recall that the 2010 elections were what we now call a wave election in which conservatives sprang from their sepulchers and swept in the conservative House of Representatives and 29 governorships, and many state legislatures.

What had inspired Sam Tanenhaus and all his happy corpses in the media was the presidential election of 2008. In that election an inexperienced junior senator from Illinois was elected as America’s first black president. What Barack Obama really was America’s first papier-mâché president. He is anything you want him to be. If you happen to be a delusional left-winger, he is a godlike figure. But if you happen to be a conservative all you want him to be is gone, gone as soon as possible.

We conservatives have learned a lot from Obama’s election and from his re-election in 2012. The election of 2012 was but a rerun of 2008 with four million conservatives absent. In that election we learned that the responsible voter can take no vacation from history. Contrary to Francis Fukuyama’s book entitled The End of History, history will only end once, and it hasn’t happened yet. In fact, since the Democrats put a paper machete president in the White House the world is again a Dangerous Place with appalling events occurring in Ukraine, in the Middle East, and in every hell whole around the earth where bombs are going off and brutes are surfacing. Four million conservatives took a vacation from history in 2012 and the results were four more years of a papier-mâché president. It will not happen again.

In Obama’s latest attempt to be relevant, speaking before the National Prayer Breakfast last week, he attempted to take the air out of American Exceptionalism. He suggested that America, a nation born in an anti-colonial war,was actually itself guilty of colonialism in Latin America, in the Middle East, and possibly in California and Texas. He even implicated America in the Crusades, though they took place in the twelfth century, and he implicated American in the Spanish Inquisition, which took place in 1478! Barack Obama is the first American to be elected president while actively disliking America. It is a fact. Obama is our first anti-American president.

But hopefully he will be our last. The 2014 election was another wave election. After it a coalition of Republicans and Independents had increased our margin in the House to the widest it has been in 86 years. We won 54 seats in the Senate. We took control of 24 state governments lock, stock, and barrel: from the governor’s mansions to the state legislatures. The Democrats have maintained a similar dominance in only seven states, a drop from 13 in 2014. The Democrats took the White House in 2008 and 2012, but what the media failed to note is that Republicans have been spreading their dominance throughout the states since the wave election of 2010. As our emcee Grover Norquist has been saying since that election, “We are winning on all fronts.” As I have been saying since I answered Sam Tanenhaus with my own modest book, The Death of Liberalism,Liberalism is dead. What the Democrats have trotted out to replace Liberalism is Crony Capitalism or Friendly Fascism. And America rejects both. We are not a country of hustlers. We are a country of doers led by entrepreneurs.

In 2016 we shall add the presidency to our string of electoral achievements and begin to undo the Democrats’ cronyism. The Democrats at this point have only one candidate, and they claim that to be their strength. She is a 67-year-old grandmother. Her nearest competition is a 65-year-old grandmother. After that they have 72-year-old Joe Biden and 76-year-old Jerry Brown. Such is the geriatric condition of John Kennedy’s party of youth and vigor?

Hillary Clinton is they say “inevitable.” They have said this before. They have been calling her inevitable at least since 2007. Let me render a prediction. She will never get to the White House again. She has more skeletons in her closet than a body snatcher. Across a whole range of scandals from sex, to campaign finance, to her husband’s impeachment, she is never far removed. Even in recent scandals that ostensibly have nothing to do with her she makes an appearance. In the recent scandal involving the pedophile Democratic donor Jeffrey Epstein, who pops up but Bill Clinton, riding Epstein’s airplane and sitting at his table with a bevy of underage cuties. Inevitably Hillary was mentioned. Or consider the scandal over Brian Williams and his confrontation with reality last week. Reporters were compelled to tell Hillary’s war story after they told his war story. It was a tall tale about her enduring hostile fire in Bosnia, which caused her to go skedaddling across the tarmac with, as she said, “our heads down.” She should have had her head down in shame. Footage the networks ran had revealed her arriving at the airport in the utmost comfort and security. Even more damaging will be her multifaceted lies about Benghazi. Are Democrats really going to subject this country again to the Clintons’ cavalcade of lies?

Since 2010 the real America has been swept by a spirit of liberty, a sense of the government’s limitations, a sense that we Americans know what is best for us. It is, as Grover wrote years ago, the “leave us alone” constituency. Yet it has grown. It is now as Senator Rand Paul said last week the “leave me alone coalition.” We can lead our lives without government encroachment. We can provide for our children without government harassment. We can even provide for the poor and the weak. We do more for the poor than any other nation on earth—and for the poor of other countries too. Just don’t tell us what to do for the poor, the minorities, women, and all the other groups that the left has sliced and diced America down into. We shall care for our fellow human beings without laws telling us what to do. We are the “leave us alone coalition.” As everyone in this audience knows, government screws everything up.

David Koch and his brother and their friends spend more money on philanthropy than George Soros and the Hollywoodians combined—who are basically political and ideological parasites. It is a fact. We conservatives reach deeper into our wallets for philanthropic endeavors than the left. We are the good citizens coalition.

In the years ahead we are going to get America on track again. We will do this with energetic and principled candidates. But we must keep our infrastructure strong and vital. The think tanks, the magazines, the communications network that refutes the walking dead at major media are crucial to spreading the present current of freedom across the land. Your presence here this evening is keeping one element of that infrastructure, The American Spectator,strong and vital. I thank you for your support and promise you continued efforts of behalf of liberty, or what the mainstream media calls Bad Taste.

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
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R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and editor in chief ofThe American Spectator. He is the author of The Death of Liberalism, published by Thomas Nelson Inc. His previous books include the New York Times bestseller Boy Clinton: The Political Biography; The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton; The Liberal Crack-Up; The Conservative Crack-Up; Public Nuisances; The Future that Doesn’t Work: Social Democracy’s Failure in Britain; Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House; The Clinton Crack-Up; and After the Hangover: The Conservatives’ Road to Recovery. He makes frequent appearances on national television and is a nationally syndicated columnist, whose articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Washington Times, National Review, Harper’s, Commentary, The (London) Spectator, Le Figaro (Paris), and elsewhere. He is also a contributing editor to the New York Sun.
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