American Elephants


The Day After the Health Care Summit. by The Elephant's Child
February 27, 2010, 8:54 pm
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, National Security, Taxes | Tags: , ,

Forty-three percent of Americans strongly disapprove of the Presidents performance, and only 22 percent strongly approve, the lowest ranking yet.  Only about half the respondents were questioned after the president’s summit meeting.  Those who watched learned a lot about their president, condescending, irritable, dismissive and intolerant of anyone who did not accept his superior wisdom.  It was not a success for the president.Andy McCarthy says today at National Review that “Today’s Democrats are controlled by the radical Left and it is more important to them to execute the permanent transformation of American society than it is to win the upcoming election cycles.  They have already factored in losing in November — even losing big.”  He also says:

I’m glad Republicans have held firm, but let’s not be under any illusions about what that means. In the Democrat leadership, we are not dealing with conventional politicians for whom the goal of being reelected is paramount and will rein in their radicalism. They want socialized medicine and all it entails about government control even more than they want to win elections. After all, if the party of government transforms the relationship between the citizen and the state, its power over our lives will be vast even in those cycles when it is not in the majority. This is about power, and there is more to power than winning elections, especially if you’ve calculated that your opposition does not have the gumption to dismantle your ballooning welfare state.

I’m glad Republicans have held firm, but let’s not be under any illusions about what that means. In the Democrat leadership, we are not dealing with conventional politicians for whom the goal of being reelected is paramount and will rein in their radicalism. They want socialized medicine and all it entails about government control even more than they want to win elections. After all, if the party of government transforms the relationship between the citizen and the state, its power over our lives will be vast even in those cycles when it is not in the majority. This is about power, and there is more to power than winning elections, especially if you’ve calculated that your opposition does not have the gumption to dismantle your ballooning welfare state.

Of course it is about power.   Americans, however, are not passive Europeans.  They have been standing up to be counted, for over 200 years.  Even with the baleful influence of the baby boomers and sixties radicals, Americans have never been doormats.  I do believe that they have the gumption, should it become necessary,  to dismantle the whole thing.


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