"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."
~ John Adams, letter (1814)
This last election made it clear to me that our democracy is fundamentally flawed, not because a closet Democrat lost or because our tax dollars pay for ACORN, but because we've reached the point where a majority of people are trying to ride in the wagon and a minority are struggling to pull it. In short, our democracy lacks protections against socialism. This phenomenon is nothing new, but it is advancing faster than ever before and quickly reaching unsustainable levels. Our elections are now simply a matter of Democrats buying votes with the tax dollars of a dwindling number of productive people and companies, and there isn't an adequate check on their activities. The media consists almost entirely of liberals, and the Republican "leaders" sacrificed their principles to compete with the vote-buying craze, and in doing so lost all credibility.
Why are things quickly reaching unsustainable levels? Well...
1) We are 52 trillion dollars short on liberal entitlements to baby boomers.
2) Our national debt is fast approaching 11 trillion, and Obama openly intends to add trillion plus deficits to it each year.
3) The United States really doesn't make very much anymore. Even our auto industry is on life support and there is a steady stream of companies leaving our shores. Quite simply, no one wants to support big government, wade through a myriad of poorly conceived regulations, deal with tons of lawyers, and be demonized in the media when they could simply do business elsewhere. You are seeing this also on a smaller scale with businesses fleeing California for conservative states.
4) A dwindling number of people are carrying the rest of the country on their backs, and a growing number of people are abusing our democracy to cash in on what others have worked hard to produce:
"The Tax Foundation estimates that under the Obama plan 63 million Americans, or 44% of all tax filers, would have no income tax liability and most of those would get a check from the IRS each year. The Heritage Foundation's Center for Data Analysis estimates that by 2011, under the Obama plan, an additional 10 million filers would pay zero taxes while cashing checks from the IRS."
~ Wall Street Journal (October 13, 2008)
However, within this there is a huge opportunity for conservatives. Not Republicans... conservatives. Why? Obama's dream of a massive nanny state where a majority of people live off the hard work of a minority...will fail. Obama's massive Keynesian "stimulus" that will tear through trillions of dollars...will fail. The liberal entitlements, Social Security and Medicare, with their pending 52 trillion dollar shortfalls...will fail.
When all of this blows up--and it will--any real conservative who voted to fix/stop it and otherwise stood clear of it will come out smelling like roses, and liberalism will be discredited for another 25 years (it's sad how quickly people forget). There perhaps has never been a better teachable moment about the dangers of liberalism than the one boiling to the surface over the next few years.
During subsequent elections all conservatives would have to do is hang Obama's multi-trillion dollar boondoggle around the collective neck of liberalism and ask the nation if they really want "change" that takes away their freedom and destroys the future of this country for its children.
The Democrats will always buy votes by giving away the tax dollars of others. Rather than trying to wade into this game and being discredited, Republicans should patiently stand by their principles and reap the rewards.
Liberalism and its central planning will never work. Republicans missed a huge opportunity to demonstrate this with the subprime mortgage meltdown, but if they can manage to muster enough competence to stand up for conservative ideals in the next few years, numerous other examples of the dangers of liberalism will be presenting themselves in destructive fashion.
I'm not holding my breath, but the opportunity is there if they take it.