Interesting column by Bill Murchison that details why things may not be so doom and gloom for Republicans – and America. While 2012 was a tough pill, there is new hope and great potential on the horizon – so long as we get tough and fight hard.
(“Either give better ‘n you get, or get what you’re given”)
The so-called “Rising American Electorate” appears to hanker for, among other things, larger investments in education, “protection” of Social Security and Medicare and fairness for women. Thomas B. Edsall, in the New York Times, calls attention to a Pew Research Center poll showing rising support for socialism as the remedy for capitalism.
Yes, yes, fine. Let’s see how it all works out. To put it another way: Let’s see what works out in practice and not just post-campaign rhetoric. The instant temptation, from the conservative side, is to go all weepy at such news. I would counsel resistance to such temptation: this, for a couple of reasons.
…Shall we try socialism? What a great idea — Cuba, North Korea and Venezuela as our models and pole stars! Ought to be an effective formula for weight loss.
A continuing problem with left-wingery — a problem not grasped by some of the analysts — is that it doesn’t work. Socialists, as Maggie Thatcher astutely observed, always run out of other people’s money. They can’t replace it of course with their own. Socialism isn’t about creating wealth; it’s about grabbing someone else’s.
Republicans need to cheer up. It always hurts to lose a vital election: for instance, the one immediately past. And yet to victors sometimes belongs something more depressing than spoils; namely, the obligation to make good on lame, idiotic promises. Might we hold the national obituaries pending proof that the 2012 outcome was the will of the gods?
In the short run, what about a little indignant and forceful resistance, according to the American tradition, as exemplified 70 years ago by “Uncle Joe” Stilwell while the Allies reeled from a near knock-out by the Japanese? “I claim we got a hell of a beating,” Joe told the press. “We got run out of Burma and it is humiliating as hell. I think we ought to find out what caused it, go back and retake it.” And you know what? We did just that. LINK
Mr Murchison is right. There’s been far too much crying, complaining, and expressions of wanting to give up among conservatives – myself included.
No more. If that kind of attitude had been what this nation was built upon, it would have crumbled away long ago. I am reminded of a tussle with one of the neighborhood bullies many years ago back in Northern Ireland. I arrived home busted up. It was my first real ass kicking by someone else other than my Da. Ma was horrified. Da looked me over, asked what I was going to do about it…”In this life you can take it, or you can give it. Ain’t no in-between. So you decide what kinda person you are gonna be right now. You either do nothin’ or you do somethin’ Either give better ‘n you get, or get what you’re given.” The next afternoon – I gave better ‘n I got.
Let’s roll… -UM