In the meantime, can anybody answer this question: where is the Tea Party of Progressives? Why are the Nascar morons and Jesus jokers the only people in this country who can mount an aggressive political movement? Will somebody please step up and take the baton?
There is no Progressive Tea Party, because the Democrats are doing what Democrats want and it leads to untenable failure. When Barack Obama sat down to put together an economic bailout package for his election campaign, it could only have gone in one direction. He had to hand out lots of candy to his supporters and he had to take it from people who traditionally oppose partisan Democrats. Thus the American Jobs Act is a continuation of his “Stimulus” with splashy, mostly-symbolic penalties leveled at high-income earners.
This had to be The Tao of Obama because his electoral coalition that could still vouchsafe his reelection is a movable feast on the productive, proactive and the imaginative. The modern Democratic Party is a Visigoth Holiday at the expense of civil tradition and moral sentience. They want, what they want, when they want it. Hilaire Belloc described well what the contemporary Democrat loyalist has devolved into.
The Barbarian hopes — and that is the mark of him, that he can have his cake and eat it too. He will consume what civilization has slowly produced after generations of selection and effort, but he will not be at pains to replace such goods, nor indeed has he a comprehension of the virtue that has brought them into being. Discipline seems to him irrational, on which account he is ever marvelling that civilization, should have offended him with priests and soldiers….
So what happens when there is nothing left for the followers of Barack Obama to flense? What happens when the victims of this “Progressivism” rise up and tell these people to grow their own produce and stop stealing from others? In Europe, we see this coming to pass. Greece is about to go Full-Metal Demetrious Poliorcetes and The IMF has no answers except to beg. As they’ve explained to Sec Treas. Geithner, they’ve got $400Billion, they need $4 Trillion. What’s one, measly Order of Magnitude amongst chums?
Europe has James Howard Kuntsler of ClusterBeep nation.com in a pother, because on his good days, he’s one of the last Leftist Thinkers who can still actually think. Just as Europe’s environmental problems with acid rain were a precursor to difficulties the US would face, the death of Eurosocialism should sound like the bell tolling for Obamanomics. This failure, particularly for The Left, will be the day upon which much fit collides with the shan.
How so? This is because the Democrats aren’t a collection of allies; who like one another. They are a collection of self-interested, solipsistic reapers. Maxine “Go to Hell!” Waters is too intellectually challenged to even effectively lie about being the political equivalent of a thug from the Hyperborean Age. Her implicitly hateful nature once more surfaced as President Obama told the CBC to “Shake it off. Stop complaining. Stop grumblin’. Stop crying. We are going to press on. We have work to do.”
This led the exorable Congresswoman Waters to uncork the following velvet soliloquy to tolerance, diversity and the acceptance of the differences that make America strong.
“I found that language a bit curious because the president spoke to the Hispanic caucus and certainly they are pushing him on immigration and despite the fact that he has appointed Sotomayor to Supreme Court, he has office for excellence in Hispanic education in the White House,” Waters told CBS’ Erica Hill. “He certainly didn’t tell them to stop complaining.”
“And he never would say that to the gay and lesbian community who really pushed him on don’t ask, don’t tell or even in a speech to AIPAC, he would never say to the Jewish community, ‘Stop complaining about Israel.’ So I don’t know who he was talking to because we are certainly not complaining. We are working. We support him and we are protecting that base because we want people to be enthusiastic about him when that election rolls around.”
So what happens when all of these different Democratic Interest Groups complain and compete for dwindling resources? It could become the political equivalent of Malthusian Ecology. Perhaps what Kuntsler sees, but would rather not admit that he sees, is the nasty hangover that ensues the morning after The Visigoth Holiday runs out of cheap beer and wine. Hillarie Belloc described it thusly.
We sit by and watch the barbarian. We tolerate him in the long stretches of peace, we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence; his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creed refreshes us; we laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond, and on these faces there are no smiles.
As Barack Obama increasingly looks like the sucker left holding a bag full of rabid weasels, the question then becomes how the GOP will attempt to react once the solipsistic and short-sighted American Left eats itself. We may not need an agenda to save America, as much as one to morally and philosophically rebuild it from the ruins. Herman Cain recently aspired to that standard as the lone bright spot in the recent dismal GOP debate and was condignly rewarded.
A large block of Americans no longer stands afraid of the thugged-out Left. Somebody will take this baton, and James Howard Kuntsler is not going to like it very much. The Tea-Party is emergent because the Establishment GOP under GWB, Frist and Hastert failed. They were followed in pathetic ineluctibility by the Establishment Left under Obama, Pelosi and Reid. The Jacksonian Tea Party is the last group of powerful, politically motivated people in America who haven’t injured this nation in some deeply meaningful way. They emerge because the natural world, in all its manifestations, abhors a vacuum.