May 15, 2008
"Maybe the American people will wake up"
Human Events and WorldNetDaily have teamed up in the form of this editorial from WND editor Joseph Farah:
...John McCain won't get any help from me. He won't get my vote. In fact, to be honest, if the Republican Party is ever going to recover itself and become the party it was under Ronald Reagan, it will happen faster if John McCain is beaten. It will happen faster if Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton gets elected and implements the Big Brother, socialist agenda they both endorse.Maybe the American people will wake up?
Had they been given the chance, they would have gladly reelected Bill Clinton to a third term. As it was Al Gore nearly won in 2000.
I don't know where these people get the idea that Americans will "wise up" if only they are punished enough.
"I'm voting against Socialism" should be our slogan in November.I also like Clayton Cramer's observation:
Do you want someone is wrong half the time, or someone who is wrong all the time?Depends on whether you're one of those people who believes America has to become completely wrong in order to become completely right.
This type of thinking is quite old, and it's popular among activists. I remember a similar argument back in the 1970s on the other side. I know I'm repeating myself, but here it is again:
...behind the thinking is the idea that if the country is ruined by intensifying the pace of socialism, open border policies, multiculturalist rot, draconian gun control, terrible schools, etc., that the voters will finally "wake up" and realize that the only answer is to be found in far-right conservatism. Left wing tyranny will bring about a backlash resulting in sudden majority support for far-right politics.That was written back in January, when I still assumed the candidate would be Hillary Clinton, but the same applies to Obama.
In terms of outcome, I don't think this conservative activist strategy of masochistically supporting the Democrats will do anything more than help the Democrats.
Well, I suppose it might generate a little more conservative despair. Is that supposed to be a good thing?
I'm struck by how, to use an old Marxist term, a variant of "revolutionary defeatism" appears to be emerging within some sectors of the right. Under some circumstances, Lenin was indeed correct, the worse was the better. Thus using this logic, an Obama presidency ("the worse") would be "the better" because it would both rally the conservative troops, and by reproducing the errors, say, of Clinton 1992-4 or the whole miserable Carter saga, create an opening for a revived conservatism. Sometimes, however, the worse is just worse. That, I think, is the danger here.That, I think, is the danger here. I would not be at all surprised if the Obama presidency proved to be a policy disaster, but a political success....Rallying the troops against a political success would take the form of "fighting the good fight." Maybe a sort of Long March.
Assuming another Reagan comes along, I suppose it might lead to an election victory in a decade or two.
posted by Eric on 05.15.08 at 12:02 AM
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