It’s been downright painful watching conservatives come to grips with the reality that Obama was re-elected. A couple of my favorite sites are about ready to go all Jonestown about it and I haven’t bothered to give them more than a cursory glance for the past week.
Everywhere it’s “Why, why, why?” and “We have to change everything we believe!” and “We just had bad luck, it means nothing, nothing I tell you!” and even “We have to secede, obviously.”
It’s a collective temper tantrum. Liberals think it’s all hilarious, I might add.
At the risk of sounding like a big twat (ha, ha, ha: shut up), I’ve never been more ashamed of us as a movement or group or what-have-you. This is not the End of America, for fuck’s sake. If you’re waiting for the collective breakdown and war (or, worse, hoping for it), settle down.
It’s not Morning in America either, mind you. Let’s not kid ourselves. This country is in for a brutal decade. But that doesn’t mean that America is fatally wounded. Our country has made a shitload of really bad decisions, run up too much debt, and divided itself on some ridiculous issues that never should have become government problems. We have the bad misfortune to be home when the papers are being served.
We’re getting ready for the next act of The Great Devaluation. Real estate and college got overvalued, made a bunch of people rich, and then it turned out to be unsustainable in the first act. We’ve been in shit, but only ankle-deep. The next wave hits EVERYBODY where it hurts: Our money. We don’t have enough and what we do have is going to be worth less, if not worthless. Stocks are going to take a major hit, companies are going to tighten their belts, and more. This is all coming about because we built everything on crap and let our “leaders” get away with mortgaging our future with insane entitlements, limitless wars, and low taxes. Well, welcome to the future.
Emigration isn’t an option for me and I’m not really jazzed about the idea of joining up with some asshole warlord in Civil War Episode II: Attack of the Self-Entitled Douchebags. If you’re good with all that, then go ahead and start digging your bunker and just start waiting. I don’t care.
The Democrats are not up to the task of handling what’s happening and frankly, I don’t think the GOP was either. It’s too late and I think this is one of those disasters of American history that just has to happen before we can move on, like Pearl Harbor (the actual event, not the film). I don’t know how else we break our bad habits without imposed austerity.
Now, plenty of pundits and politicians are getting their silly asses on television talking about how we need to change this and that. Stop apologizing for rape, let the Mexicans run wild, and admit that the wage gap is deliberately caused by evil, stinky men instead of market forces. If you want to keep going for the two party system of Democrat and Democrat-lite, that’s a personal choice. I don’t think we need to go that far.
It is time to compromise though. I still don’t know how to work out a “peace accord”, but I do know that we can call a truce and take the time to retrench without retreating
First, taxes must go up on high earners. We have to give that away and I see no way we win the Battle of Fiscal Cliff without some casualties. Coddling the rich isn’t doing us any good if they can’t even buy a Romney presidency. It’s totally symbolic, it’s not going to help the deficit or jobs, and it’s against our beliefs. Too bad. We’re taking a break from worshipping the wealthy while the American people enjoy having their demagogues to spread the
wealth pain around. I still think letting all of the Bush tax cuts expire is fitting, but we should “let” the Democrats talk us out of it if they throw in something worthwhile.
Second, it’s time to end the War in Afghanistan and reduce and reorient the military to stick with what it has done best since the 19th Century: Defend North America. Yeah, I’m going all Pat Buchanan on this. Israel: I am really and truly sorry. But if we’re really heading into a Civil War, it would probably be better to have our guys back here, right?
Next, let’s bite our tongues when the President takes full credit for the deal. Let him have this last big fuckin’ deal. I think Boehner sucks, you do too, but lets go easy on him this one time.
The unsustainability of Medicare, Social Security, and ObamaCare is not going to be seriously addressed or resolved by the federal government at this time. Everything I’m proposing here is with the assumption that it won’t. We get to watch and let the Democrats totally own the disaster. When it’s time for them to give some things up and save what’s left of the Obama legacy, they’ll know.
The one issue I don’t think we should compromise on is any immigration reform that requires amnesty for those already living here. I think America’s natural xenophobia will kick back in as those lettuce-picking jobs start looking better and better as the unemployment starts to dry up. Be patient on this one.
MOST CONTROVERSIAL THRILL ARGUMENT EVER, COMING RIGHT UP.
Finally, screw the Constitution of the United States of America. I think it’s time we all acknowledged that the Constitution needs a redo. It is failing us and the American people clearly don’t believe in it or care anymore except when they want to cherry-pick one amendment or another to suit their causes. It is almost a dead fucking letter and there are no longer any peaceful means of binding our current government back to it.
You want to scare the hell out of the DC establishment? It’s time to call for a Constitutional Convention, through the states. They laugh at your pathetic secession petitions but they’ll stop laughing and choke when they realize that we’re about to change the rules to fuck them over. This isn’t a temper tantrum. It’s a cold, dead-eyed threat of a long-term solution. Start demanding this at every turn. Americans are going to love the idea soon enough, if the doomsayers are right.
Conservatives and progressives simply do not agree on what kind of country we should be and what the Constitution means and independents in the middle are too brain-dead and disengaged to care. We’re not going anywhere as a people until we firmly establish a new concept of the relationship between the federal government, the states, and the people. Our government cannot do it at this point.
The Culture Wars were driven by the Supreme Court making these decisions for us and they’ve done an awful job. They’re completely unpredictable and they barely even use the Constitution as the basis for rulings anymore. Congress has ignored its fiscal duties and its members serve to benefit themselves. The Presidency is imperial in everything but name. Whole industries are crippled with executive orders and psychotic bureaucrats. This has to stop. We need to accept that the old Constitution has done nothing to restrain all three out-of-control branches of government and quit acting like the Founding Fathers were flawless gods. What they created was beautiful, but it isn’t working anymore.
We stop the Right Wing Meltdown. The game is still on and what is happening in Congress is everything right now (even though the Petraeus thing is the most awesome scandal of my lifetime). My advice is to comment on the Jonestown Blogs that the histrionics are done and it’s time for a Constitutional Convention. Start getting that into the public consciousness now.
I’ve been preaching the importance of staying on task ever since last Tuesday’s electoral calamity. This isn’t because of my sunny disposition or optimistic outlook. I have neither. It’s because the United States needs a vibrant pro-Liberty movement and we’re it.
No more embarrassing theatrics. Do it FOR THE CHIIIIIIILDREN, you bastards.
I invite all denunciations and mental health referrals. Sometimes, you just gotta rant.