If you look at the political landscape today, you may say the Republicans in congress are stepping in a giant pile of dog doo. I’d be inclined to agree with you. But if you continue to look past Capitol Hill, and see what the mood of the country is, you have to shake your head at people that are still carrying their “liberal” membership card. It appears that the card is as outdated as corded house phones.
Remember the old line, “If you’re not a liberal at 25 years of age you have no heart, and if you’re still a liberal at 50 years of age you have no brains”? Well, it appears that most of America is in fact, conservative. Oh, there are pockets of liberalism out there, but is it really dying out? The left doesn’t want you to think so…but there are signs that is exactly what’s happening.
Before we go any further with this, we need to agree on one thing. Politics is cyclical. It always has been because as a nation, we flip-flop back and forth between wanting to be liberal and wanting to be conservative. I actually think we’re mostly a little more on the conservative side of the fence, but when someone like an FDR, or an Obama comes along and shoves us left of center, we like it…at least until the bill comes due. Then we skip right back to the other side of the fence. That’s because overall, Americans know that liberalism doesn’t work. It can’t for one very simple reason. It’s failed everywhere it’s tried because it spends way too much money and delivers way too little to the masses in return.
So, is liberalism dead in America? There are people that seem to think so. There was an article in the Wall Street Journal this past week indicating that at the local and state level, the libs have already lost. At the national level with the Supreme Court heading way to the right from where it’s been, and with the GOP (not necessarily the conservatives) in control of congress and the White House, it would appear that way. And when you look at the masses, they appear to be more aligned with the right than the left. Now, there are exceptions. Millennials facing huge college debt are turning to socialists like Bernie Sanders. Unfortunately those folks are also learning that Bernie is tainted with corruption like his wife is, and that’s a turnoff for them. Gen X’ers who were also very anti-right wing a few years back when they helped elect Bill Clinton, learned that being left isn’t always a good thing…and Clinton was a rather centrist Democrat.
Overall, I’d say liberalism isn’t dead…but is wounded. It’s going to take more than an Elizabeth Warren or anybody in Hollywood to bring it back. And it probably won’t happen anytime soon. Usually when you have these radical of shifts in power like what we had eight years ago, and what we had this past November, there is about an 8-12 year period where we stay with that group, and then switch. If that’s the case, look for Trump or someone on his team to maintain leadership at least through 2024.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!