Hanson's 10 Steps
clean-up on aisle USA!
Victor Davis Hanson has a cute piece on “Ten Steps to Save America.” But my question is what liberal stupidity caused the problem in the first place?
Cut the Debt. Why are liberals going pedal-to-the-metal on spending? I suppose it's because they are panicked. So the only way to stay in power is to double down on free-stuff. But when liberals are out of power, then some common sense will return.
Secure the Border. Why do liberals go for unlimited immigration? I think it goes back to the end of World War II and the horror of nationalism. The only way forward is that humans are humans. Who are we to deny people the right to live where they want?
Tap Natural Resources. Sorry about that, pal. Our liberal friends know that fighting climate change is an existential necessity. And anyway, every ruling class needs an enemy to fight. When they are out of power it won’t matter.
Oppose Discrimination. Well, their over-under political formula means that our liberal masters must have a helpless victim to fight for. So there must be discrimination and they must be the only people that can fight it. But when liberals are out of power it won’t matter.
Disrupt and Reform Higher Education. I like to say that universities have always been about training the priesthood for the state church. So of course our liberal friends are doing just that and training up woke activists in our nation's schools and universities. Education is broke. Smash it until the rubble bounces.
Revive the Armed Forces. I must say that I am rather flummoxed that our liberal friends are dead-set on “wokening” the armed forces. Suppose you chaps decide to fight a world war like Democratic Presidents Wilson and Roosevelt? I just don't think they know any better. And there are activists that need jobs. When liberals are out of power it won’t matter.
Fix Voting. Of course, our Democratic friends have always been naughty boys at election time. But obviously they think that extra effort is needed these days. I suppose that nobody at Dem Central ever says that “we gotta fix the vote.” But everyone understands what side their bread is buttered. But election fixing only works in close elections. The next one may not be close.
Drain the Swamp. Well, yes. I think that we understand that all ruling governments are nothing more than a legalized conspiracy to ladle out loot and plunder to the supporters. Ordinary middle-class voters aren't into this game, but we've got to learn how to play. When liberals are out of power it won’t matter.
Upend the Welfare State. Yes, but how? Fact is that everyone is plugged into the welfare state and you'd better not mess with my bennies. Upend the welfare state? In your dreams, until the government can't pay its bills. But maybe we can trim it a little
Restore Norms. He means the traditional narrative about America. I think the current frenzy of statue-toppling — known to the cognoscenti as iconoclasm — is really a reflection of the desperation of our liberal friends. They can't believe that Trump is happening and that their Age of Supremacy is coming to an end. When liberals are out of power norms will get restored, sooner than you think.
The normal progress of revolution is that the glorious dawn is followed by failure. Because human life is too complicated to reduce to politics. The revolutionaries experience their failure as the vicious attack of the enemy, and that’s what reigns of terror and cultural revolutions and cancel cultures are all about.
But soon enough the reign of terror comes to an end, and ordinary life resumes. Because humans are social animals and cannot stand the existential tension of terror for too long.
And then, of course, the Commoners of America will be in command. As they should be.