In little more than a year, Obama's soothing words lost their magic, his telegenic grin stopped connecting and his antics ceased to interest anyone, but the political opposition. The public proved to be much less interested in the bread of his social services doles or the circuses of his media presence. Obama and the left threw in their final effort, convincing congressional Democrats to stand at the barricades for ObamaCare. But that didn't break the flood, it made it worse. Contrary to the liberal worldview, most Americans didn't want to be on the dole, they wanted a working economy. And the popular wisdom among them today is that Obama is a well-meaning failure. Most Americans will go to the polls and vote based on that popular wisdom. They generally don't hate Obama, yet they don't think that he or his party are up to the job either.
|The Democrat Party, Drop It Like It's Hot|
|Democrat Goal for all of America|
|Squeezing the middle class|
American Liberalism was not the preoccupation of the poor, but of the idle rich. Of people who had never worked for a living, or those who had once worked, but now needed another outlet for their energies. Liberalism has traditionally been the upper classes deciding what to do with the pesky lower classes. They flirted with eugenics and sterilization. They tried re-education and spiritual enlightenment. But what has really troubled them is the gush of the lower classes into the middle class, to create a group that they considered ignorant, vulgar and devoid of higher qualities. Socialism is supposed to fix all that. Squash the lower and middle classes together into one homogenized and wealth-redistributed lower class. And teach them that social immobility and rationing are a sign that spiritual values and moral ethics are triumphing over their sordid materialism.
This phase of the project has hit a bump in the road. The Tea Party movement meant that a populist American response kicked in unexpectedly. That alone would not have stopped it, had it not turned out that most Americans agreed with the basic criticisms. What we're seeing now are tantrums by political and cultural elites who had the brass ring in their grasp and are infuriated that what they consider to be "an anonymous clan of slack-jawed troglodytes" are likely to cost them the election and their death grip on power. Just as in 1994, they are openly airing their contempt for the population of the country that somehow turned out not to be as pliable as they thought. But the upcoming election will not dissuade them. There is too much money and power at stake. And they have dug in too deep to let go now. If they cannot work through elected officials, they will work through the bureaucracy. If they cannot work through either, they will create NGO's and coordinate international efforts. They will form phony citizen's groups and activist organizations. They will brainwash the next generation, enlisting children and teenagers to chant their slogans. They will not give up. They will do absolutely anything to carry on.
This is not merely about an idea or a set of ideas for them. It is about power. Absolute power over the lives of every man, woman and children in America-- and beyond it the world. That is the hideous energy that we are fighting against. That is where our struggle lies.