“It’s been a long time since Congress was focused on what the American people need them to be focused on…”
—Barack Obama, ‘Frustrated’ With Congress
…since January of 2011, to be precise—a long time only in the estimation of condemned men and foiled Marxists with approval ratings dropping faster than the bloomers on a tip-hungry pole dancer—when control of the People’s House was returned by the voters to politicians who vowed to defend the Constitution instead of socialists who spent their time in office rending it. But it’s campaign season, it always is these days, the time when the spin either mesmerizes or nauseates, the oscillations increasing daily until that fateful November day when the Deceiver hopes the ramps to the polling houses will fill with his softly bleating dupes, all of them waiting docilely to pull the damnable “D” lever that will return him to office and send the bolt through their own placid brains.
For forty years, American decline has been in inverse proportion to the number of Democrats/Socialists holding national office—one and the same, of course, no longer any demonstrable philosophic difference between the two; McGovern, Carter, Mondale, Dukakis, Clinton, Gore, Kerry, Obama, names redolent not of national pride and progress, but of diminution and dashed hopes, the white flags of American exceptionalism. Rogue Operator has posted a trenchant piece (Why American Decline Is Different) from which I excerpt the following (emphases mine):
[…] America’s demise is not so much due to moral decay, but to deliberate moral undermining. This cannot be said of the Greeks, Romans, Chinese, Ottomans, or British during the eclipse of their imperial heydays.
The United States is singularly the product of The Enlightenment in that it was founded to promote liberty. In this way, it was the first anti-statist state. Freedom from government was part of the operating rationale for government.
That is, until the radical generation exploded with discontent under the pressure of the Cold War, and engaged in mass disruptive behavior. While purportedly seeking extreme liberty, the radicals instead became libertine. Social chaos ensued, in tandem with statist-welfare programs. So how did hippies come to be such domineering statists? It is an irony that personal irresponsibility strengthens state power.
What we find with the rise of the radicals is a segment of the population hell-bent on changing America and thus displaying endless hubris. We find narcissists perennially discontent with the status quo, no matter how good; busybodies forever toiling in existential writhing and spoiled from being economically sheltered their whole lives.
Such earthbound concerns as national debt are trivial to those who live in an economic bubble; usually one adorned with a hardwood desk, a picture of Nietzsche, and a relaxation fountain. The goal of progressives is to be ‘historic,’ if only for the sake of being ‘historic.’ Any marker of ‘progress’ is a personal triumph, no matter how trivial in reality.
What has taken place in our universities is that they have been transformed into socialist think tanks, and have churned out graduates with market-worthless degrees. In other words, they have produced what Johan Galtung referred to as an intellectual proletariat. Disillusioned with the market and ideologically impervious to reason, these are the people rooting hardest for America’s self-immolation.
These elites’ attraction to Cultural Marxism can be demystified a bit. The relatively arcane and esoteric ideology is a justification for intellectuals to elevate themselves to pre-eminent stature in the culture using mass media. It reflects leftists’ urge to control resources presently in the hands of the rich, in order to satisfy the wants of the presumably helpless masses (including themselves), and thus exalt themselves to the role of national and aspirationally, world benefactors. At the deepest level, leftists’ crusader-like fanaticism is a vain attempt to give their lives meaning in order to fill a void in their hearts ensuing from the ‘death of god’; and psychologically, their reception to radical ideas springs from confronting a perilous, ‘godless’ world seemingly on the precipice of self-destruction.
In such an unjust world, the most powerful country itself must be to blame, so reasons today’s leftists. That America has fought and prevailed against despotism both at home and abroad is no longer celebrated by the left; the country’s successes are not seen as a sign of the founders’ enlightened vision, but instead as something the progressives overcame. The leftists’ arrogance prevents them from adopting any conservative view of history, which would force them to acknowledge the wisdom of those who founded the country, and thus detract from their own self-imagined significance.
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