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Roger L. Simon

Liberalism, the Decline of an Illusion

November 5th, 2013 - 9:18 pm

I have no idea if Republicans will end their circular firing squad and unite sufficiently to right our country, but one thing seems abundantly clear from the events of the last weeks, including Tuesday’s election in which Terry McAuliffe barely eked out a victory over the unexciting Ken Cuccinelli. Liberalism in our country is in a more precarious position than ever. It may not even really exist.

Liberalism as practiced in today’s America is a chimera, not actually an ideology but an alliance of interest groups controlled by elites for the preservation of their (the elites’) wealth and power. The interest groups often seem to be working against their own advantage by being so affiliated (e. g. African-Americans are in the worst shape in years under Obama), but not the elites who have been able to thrive. These elites are also able to appear altruistic to themselves and others while behaving in manners that are hideously selfish and atrocious to the common good. Liberalism is not so much an ideology in our society as it is a shield, a defense mechanism for a lifestyle.

This accounts, in part, for all the lying and bumbling in the face of the Obamacare debacle from the president on down to his hapless porte-paroles Jay Carney and Deborah Wasserman-Schultz (who apparently is so flummoxed she cannot pronounce the word “misled”). None of them ever knew what the healthcare legislation was in the first place in anything approximating serious detail. That would have been been too much of a bother when it was just a pose. It was never really about people’s health anyway — it was for show.

Some accuse liberals of being “statists,” but they are actually more confused than that. They don’t know what they think. But it doesn’t matter because they know what they want — power, control, and the wealth that comes along with it. (Does Al Gore believe in cataclysmic global warming anymore in the face of all the contrary evidence? Who knows? But he has to say he does.)

What Republicans are now confronting is an empty machine. Few outside the academy believe in Keynesian economics anymore and the foreign policy of the Obama administration is inscrutable because it is non-existent. The current attempts to negotiate with Iran and to resolve the perpetual Israeli-Palestinian conflict are more of the same sort of illusion, doing something to appear to be doing something. As we used to say of the 1980′s Lakers, “It’s Showtime.” Only the Lakers scored baskets.

But this dumb show quality of liberalism does not mean they will not succeed. The very fact that they have no content may be an asset in these post-modern times. So what if there’s no there there. If you control the levers of power, you disperse the money (to your corporate favorites) and have the glitzy White House parties.

But the public is beginning to wake up to the emptiness (and to their pocket books). They are angry. It is up to the right now not to bobble the ball, not to get lost in internecine rivalries. If this is a libertarian moment, as some are saying, seize it, but seize it in a direct and clear manner. Know what you stand for. One of the reasons Obamaa could never be transparent is he doesn’t. He only stands for power — and he’s transparent enough about that.

More people than ever in my lifetime now want less government (well, maybe except for some people in New York City who just elected that Sandinista-loving bozo de Blasio — they’ll learn when their property values start to tank). It’s up to us now to make it happen. All we have to do is overcome the illusion of liberalism. Since it isn’t there, it shouldn’t be all that difficult.

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" Liberalism in our country is in a more precarious position than ever. It may not even really exist."

Actual liberalism does exist, to a degree, in the Republican party, mainly the libertarian wing, but no longer in the Democrat party which is now a mix of fascism and communism.
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DE BLASIO IS DINKINS IN WHITE FACE
I don't think property values will tank right away -- but certainly taxes and crime will be on an quick ascendancy. My goodness, Sir Richard Branson moved out of Great Britain, the wealthy are fleeing France. NYC is facing an exodus of many of the 54,000 who already pay for everything. How hard is it to figure out that the uber rich are wealthy enough to live anywhere? My guess is that de Blasio will make even CA look like a tax haven..
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Thanks for the pep talk, Roger, but it can't change the reality or the meaning of last night's election results. A Libertarian spoiler gave a sleazy Democrat the Governorship in Virginia and a man who makes RINOs look like conservatives won by a landslide in N.J. I have no personal feelings about either one of these elections except for what they predict for the future of the Republican Party, which looks to me like further division and another loss in 2016. Pointing out the rotten core of the opposition party is meaningless in a society which is under the control of progressive (or are we back to calling it "liberal" now, as if the name makes a difference - a rose by any other name . . .) ideology in every aspect that matters to a society, the educational system and the media. The truth is that a united Republican Party is a fantasy.
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The illusion of Liberalism as long as the illusion about Conservatives continues among the ignorant. The Libs still control the message and far too many dumb and lazy people. The decline of the West was predicted decades ago.
44 weeks ago
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Today's liberalism is a far cry from classical liberalism. Classical liberalism is an empty suit, but what passes for liberalism in today's America is alive and well.
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ASIA FOR THE ASIANS, AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYBODY!

Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.
44 weeks ago
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Whoa America honey take a breath, things WILL get better. We have to remain positive and by that I don't mean just sit around and hope/pray/kvetch. WE must act. Go to those townhalls and speak up, consistently using facts, reality based solutions write/email etc you "representative", talk to everyone all the time. No name calling, no lies, the FACTS about what current policies are doing to the country. Make it personal, did they lose their insurance? Why do they think that happened? Are they overtaxed? Why, to whom does that money go and for what? Nope it will be hard but we've ridden the gravy train of nonchalance, oblivion for too long. It's time to pay the piper. Chin up brother We The People CAN do this.
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I guess what I am saying is, an awful lot of people think life is not fair and will never give up the illusion that government can make life better for them by leveling the field and giving them their fair share.
45 weeks ago
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I wish you were right, but that is not my experience, living in California. A lot of people here think the divide between the rich and poor has widened and they want the government to correct that. Their politics are based on envy and entitlement. Someone recently said to me that people should not be allowed to have luxuries such as swimming pools, when there are needy people. He received a lot of support for his comment.
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I keep waiting for the day that Al Gore goes in front of the media and says: "I made a billion dollars off this crap! SUCKERS!!!"
45 weeks ago
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Well said. On the other hand we've all had enough of neoconservatism, which was NOT a chimera, and for which we'll all be paying for at least a generation. RIP.
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"Liberalism as practiced in today’s America is a chimera, not actually an ideology but an alliance of interest groups......."

Yes, indeed, groups "interested" in taking more than they contribute and therein lies the problem that is sinking this country. With a government that is more than willing to provide.
45 weeks ago
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Leftism, not liberalism - please? Many people don't mind being called liberals but object strenuously to being called leftists. Language matters.
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