Which leaves only the question: what are you going to do about it? When I was in college during the 1960s, “civil disobedience” was all the rage, especially regarding the Vietnam War. Those draft protesters would have had a much harder time sticking to their principles had the IRS been the draft-board enforcers. It’s good to see GOP governors like Florida’s Rick Scott telling the feds to shove their Medicare edict, which is just another Obama administration tool to beggar the states and to force them to dance to D.C.’s tune. But it’s not nearly enough.
Let’s not kid ourselves: the economic destruction and remaking of America is the goal here, implemented by a Cloward-Piven strategy to so over-stress existing institutions that the public will be clamoring for direct rule from the District of Columbia, and the permanent political class’s century-long “progressive” dream will finally be a reality. That’s one of the things “fundamental transformation” has always been about. And John Roberts just gave them carte blanche to proceed apace.
I agree with VDH: there’s no good news here, just an enormous — uphill — challenge. For most Americans, the worth of Obamacare has just been endorsed by no less than the chief justice, largely taking it off the table in November unless Mitt Romney — the worst possible candidate to argue this — can somehow make a do-as-I-say-not-as-I-did case as part of his larger economic message.
This is what happens when the debate centers on programs instead of principles, and why it’s so critical for the Right to move the discussion to the larger issues. Yes, it’s tough to compete with the Democrats’ sob stories, and to make the abstract concrete. It’s tough to accept that perhaps a majority of our fellow Americans would cheerfully trade liberty for a false sense of security. It’s a tough job — but somebody’s got to do it.
When I lived in Germany, some Germans would wag their fingers at me, the “Ami,” and opine: “Yes, it’s true that in America you can become a millionaire. But it’s also true you can wind up sleeping under a bridge.” To which I would answer the obverse, that while you might wind up sleeping under a bridge (though very few do), you can also become a millionaire.
In the aftermath of World War II, terrified of the bridge option, the Europeans made their choice, and nothing but doom now awaits the enervated old Continent, which is too lazy even to reproduce, much less work. That’s what “European-style socialism” is all about and that’s the fate Obama and his team so devoutly wish for us.
Is that a fate we’re now willing to accept?
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