While there are as many conservative opinions on the debt ceiling deal as there are conservatives, there can be no doubt as to what has happened to the Democratic party in the past fifty years. It has traveled a long way, and pretty much all of that has been downhill.
In 1961 a new Democratic president inspired the nation with a call to adventure and discovery. President Kennedy was a friend to economic growth, tax cuts and progress. In today’s Democratic party, the socialists and the primitivists are in control, appealing to the basest emotions of fear, envy and pessimism. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s “satan sandwich” charge, directed at a rather modest step to avoid financial ruin, is a telling commentary on the state of the nation’s oldest political enterprise. And, fittingly, he delivered it a week after the final mission of the space shuttle program and the sunset of America’s manned space program, so beloved by the 35th president.
The debt ceiling compromise is not a huge success. But it is a step in the right direction. It prioritized, correctly, the need to keep the government running and the need to change course on spending. Alas, it gives President Obama the chance to skate to his August 4 birthday fundraiser. The private jet pilots are preparing flight plans as we speak to whisk the Beautiful People to another progressive love-in. But as JFK observed, life isn’t always fair.
One thing I always try to emphasize is that the center rules in politics. It can’t be ignored by ideologues, but it can be moved. Obama and his lefty enablers in Congress pushed a radical transformational agenda never endorsed by the center. It is collapsing in a sea of red ink, unemployment, inflation and malaise.
So the center is ripe, not for the taking, but for the persuading. If we can present liberty-oriented solutions that make sense to the center, we can take the whole ball game in 2012. And any time we can persuade the average voter to look at the freefall of today’s Democratic party, that just makes the whole thing easier!