Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Death of The American Idea

Quoting Mark Steyn at NRO
(I inserted the link):

“If you went back to the end of the 19th century and suggested to, say, William McKinley that one day Americans would find themselves choosing between a candidate promising to guarantee your mortgage and a candidate promising to give ‘tax cuts’ to millions of people who pay no taxes he would scoff at you for concocting some patently absurd H G Wells dystopian fantasy. Yet it happened. Slowly, remorselessly, government metastasized to the point where it now seems entirely normal for Peggy Joseph of Sarasota, Florida to vote for Obama because ‘I won't have to worry about putting gas in my car. I won't have to worry about paying my mortgage.’

While few electorates consciously choose to leap left, a couple more steps every election and eventually societies reach a tipping point. In much of the west, it's government health care. It changes the relationship between state and citizen into something closer to pusher and junkie. Henceforth, elections are fought over which party is proposing the shiniest government bauble”

“I disagree with my fellow conservatives who think the Obama-Pelosi-Reid-Frank liberal behemoth will so obviously screw up that they'll be routed in two or four years' time. The President-elect's so-called ‘tax cut’ will absolve 48 per cent of Americans from paying any federal income tax at all, while those that are left will pay more. Just under half the population will be, as Daniel Henninger pointed out in the Wall Street Journal, on the dole. By 2012, it will be more than half, and this will be an electorate where the majority of the electorate will be able to vote itself more lollipops from the minority of their compatriots still dumb enough to prioritize self-reliance, dynamism, and innovation over the sedating cocoon of the nanny state. That is the death of the American idea… For how do you tell an electorate living high off the entitlement hog that it's unsustainable and you've got to give some of it back?”
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Newsflash: It is not only the bottom half of the country which is bringing about the death of the American dream!

Here in the ski resort paradise of Steamboat Springs, I regularly rub elbows with my wealthier (and more Leftist) friends and routinely listen to them discuss how to game the Medicare system for their next elective (ultra expensive) surgery. My misguided friends myopically embrace their bondage for the sake of a shiny new bionic hip (at Sonny’s expense) and the greatest country ever slips one step closer to death.

My friends could easily pay for their own various elective surgeries. But, they might have to settle for a $1,000,000 home rather than a $1,100,000 home. Goodness knows, THAT would be FAR too punitive a burden for these poor victims --- better to kill the goose and let the next generation find their own golden eggs.

The ONLY ray of hope is that Democrats may not get the supermajority they hoped for in the Senate. IF a few Republicans grow enough of a spine to filibuster the ultra Socialist agenda from the Left, we MIGHT be able to fend off the next nail in the coffin --- the completion of the nationalizing of our healthcare system (1/6th of the economy and growing).

Socialist Entitlements are killing this country!

Click here to understand the cause of and the ONLY cure for deficit spending.

Click here to understand how previous Democratic supermajorities have brought us to this point in history.

Personally, I would rather we completely eliminate all Entitlements at every level of government. Government should NEVER engage in charity! Not only is charity NOT a proper role of government, government is the WORST possible way to deliver charity (or any other goods or services).

For now, I would settle for this roadmap as a baby step in keeping the patient on life support just long enough to deliver a real cure for what ails us.

Enough of this “Socialist-Lite” alternative to hardcore Marxism! “Give me liberty or give me death” should be the new rallying cry of the Republican Party. If the party dies and our great nation sinks into the spineless Euro-Socialist sewer (soon to be overrun by Islamo-Fascism), at least the party will have died an honorable death (along with the not so honorable death of the American Dream and the rest of Western Civilization).

Does Nero ring a bell?

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