Good last-day call to arms by Michael Walsh in National Review Online
Conservatives have a rare opportunity tomorrow to do something they signally failed to do in the landslide elections of 1972 and 1984: finish the job. Nixon's victory was vitiated by Watergate and quickly revenged by Woodward and Bernstein, leading to his replacement in 1974 by Jerry Ford, a man who exactly nobody thought was qualified to be president of the United States, probably including Ford himself. Ford led to Jimmy Carter, whose ineptitude and weakness in turn lead to Ronald Reagan, who swept Carter away in 1980 and then smashed Walter Mondale and the Democrats to powder in 1984.
And then, having won a famous victory, conservatives went home and left it to the establishment GOP in the form of another man who never should have been president, George H. W. Bush, to fritter away the fruits of ideological victory and be supplanted by Bill Clinton.
In retrospect, of course, William Jefferson Blythe III was Pericles of Athens compared to Barack Obama, who far more than Clinton has revealed the true face of contemporary American left-liberalism in all its coercive ugliness: a blizzard of executive orders; the deployment of the regulatory agencies that have (in the words of the Declaration of Independence) "sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance"; and the naked Marxist appeals to race and class envy. The most anti-American of American presidents has run the most un-American of campaigns.
And that, by rights, should be it. That it's not explains the alarm of conservatives whose view of patriotism is that they love their country as it is, not as they wish it might someday be. From Day One of the Obama administration, real conservatives understood the explicit threat of "fundamental change," whose meaning can now be clearly discerned in Obama's "revenge" remark; for the Left, "revenge" is precisely what this election is all about. For them and their voting-bloc constituents, it's payback time: payback for slavery and segregation; payback for poverty; payback for foreign wars; payback for restrictive immigration laws. They've long used the goals of the civil-rights movement -- which after all was directed precisely against Democrats -- and the Vietnam-era "anti-war" movement -- which arose in opposition to the foreign policy of the Democrats -- as wedges with which to crack the larger social structure and now, so close to realizing the ultimate expression of "critical theory" -- that everything about America stinks -- they and their media allies are doing their best to swing one last election for Obama.
Emphasis mine-RbR. Folks, this is what's at stake here. If the communists (I absolutely REFUSE to call these bastards by the same party name shared by Harry Truman, Jack Kennedy, Scoop Jackson and Zell Miller) win this one, they win the whole enchilada...everything they've patiently worked for over almost fifty years as they slowly but steadily gnawed on the timbers and frameworks that kept our country standing upright.
It's not enough for the GOP to win tomorrow. It needs to win big, a win so convincing that even the Left won't be able to explain it away. The definition of victory in war is not a 50.1 percent majority that allows the other side to keep fighting -- it's the battleship Missouri, on whose deck the losing side signs articles of capitulation. The modern Left -- the unholy spawn of '30s gangland and '60s academic Marxism -- must be forced to its knees in surrender.
God, I absolutely LOVE Walsh's description of "the modern Left.". But I think maybe he's placing a little too much emphasis on this one day. If the good guys win, it may still be by a small margin - and the bad guys may still end up holding the Senate. But assuming we win...well, we can't think of it as an Appomattox or a Tokyo Bay. At best, it'll be our Trenton - the first real victory for the good guys in what's likely to be a very long war. There's a whole culture to take back. One school-board seat, one professorship, one op-ed, one screenplay at at time.
Posted by: Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) 2012-11-06