Reaction in America’s Future [Dan Collins]
Back in olden times, many of you will recall, there was a great deal of sturm und drang over Bush the Younger’s use of executive orders and signing statements from the left, and I agreed in part that these short-circuitings of the legislative process in the name of efficiency set bad precedents. At the time, these abuses of process triggered much hyperventilating from leftists, who warned of the rise of the Unitary Executive, but who have almost all fallen silent in the face of the Obama administration’s much greater abuses of process and of the agencies that fall under the control of the executive branch, including the IRS, the Census Bureau, the FBI, Department of Homeland Security (whose abuse as a policy-making and -enforcing operation was enabled by the way it was cobbled together in the wake of 9-11, much in the fashion of the EPA), the EPA, the DoJ (particularly the Voting Section), Border Patrol (which, at least, rebelled in part at the administration’s interference with its mandate to enforce existing laws), customs authorities (raiding Gibson, for example), and numerous other elements of the unelected permanent government that resides in bureaucracies over which Congress has some notional control, in the form of oversight, but which in fact clearly do not feel any sense of obligation to the elected lawmaking branch of government. Prior to Obama’s initial election, I predicted what was certain, given the candidate’s statements regarding his ambitions for himself and government, that he would massively expand our bureaucracy, which he has referred to as his ‘federal family.’ What I did not anticipate at the time was that he and his fellow travelers would be so successful at placing all of these agencies outside Congressional oversight.
I suppose that I could rail on the way that this devolution has been accomplished, particularly with respect to MSM complicity and the use of the charge of ‘racism’ to protect the enormous fraud and abuse perpetrated by the administration, but I will trust that that’s been done very ably here, as it has been done very ably elsewhere, by Bill Whittle, among others. Every utopian project is always bound to fail, particularly when it is established on the absurd idea that, whereas they have always failed before, this one is bound to succeed, due to the special merits of the people effecting the changes. Percival was blessed among the Round Table knights with a vision of the Grail due to his purity of heart, but the conceit that all of the serried ranks of vicious Proggies were comprised of numerous Percivals, whose suffering lay not in the hardships of questing, but in their privileged understanding of the sufferings, real and imagined, of people with differently situated with respect to racial and other classifications, and whose compensatory wisdom, as a result of their ‘compassionate’ (but unpurchased) sympathies, was a special wisdom that could transmute the dross of politics into the revelation of a Golden Age, was always infinitely remote. What is certain is that the present administration has far surpassed Bush the Younger’s in assuming unto the executive a vast array of privileges that it was not meant to encompass, according to the charters of our former liberties.
That Obama should have promised the massive expansion of social welfare programs on the one hand (success!), while on the other promising also to reduce the federal deficit by half in his first term, should have been a signal to the ‘reality based’ that there was a great deal of delusion in the platform; but delusion springs eternal among leftists, and so it is that we are much further down the garden path of economic collapse than we were under the previous administration. The financial burden is insupportable, and as my old posting colleague MP, a professional cruncher of numbers, likes to note, what is insupportable eventually and inevitably will cease to be supported, as in Detroit or Chicago or a number of failed municipalities in California. That’s the problem. The Proggie utopia will eventually collapse, and what follows will, in my view, be what the commies have generally denominated ‘reactionary.’ They believe that the Grail is within their grasp. They have successfully hijacked many of the most influential and powerful institutions of our society. They are feeling rather triumphal about it, even though their Golden Age has not materialized and never will. And their overreaching will, in my view, bring about a new instauration that resembles their dreams not at all.
The elements of ‘liberal fascism’ have been anatomized well by Jonah Goldberg and others. The fascism of the present administration was announced from the very beginning with the bank bail-outs and the ‘stimulus’ funding of a variety of largely failed projects backed by government largess, paid for with more promises laid on the shoulders of America’s dwindling taxpayer classes. Through massive market interventions, such as bringing insurance and pharma companies first to the bargaining table while ramming through ObamaCare, the administration announced in no uncertain terms to the capitalists, who actually know something about wielding capital, that the rules had changed drastically. Subsequent administration actions, backed by congressional grandees such as Pelosi and Reid, demonstrated that openly partisan nastiness was plumbing new depths, and that most of the press was firmly in the tank, though revelations regarding administration surveillance of credentialed reporters caused momentary tutting. We now live in Weimar America, where increasingly it will take a wheelbarrow of scrip to equal the promises once inscribed in a single bill, payable to the bearer by the People of the United States of America, on whose behalf innumerable unkeepable promises have been made to innumerable parties. Too many promises to too many parties is eventually met with skepticism, and we are beyond skepticism, now, and into the territory of denial based on fear. Government is now comprised of promises by promisors who incur no personal obligations commensurate with the pay, privileges, and perks that attend their offices, but who eagerly lay burdens on portions of those supposed to be represented by them. Our administration’s dismal record with respect to our geopolitical and military allies does not inspire confidence, nor does its jaunty dismissal of its obligation to enforce the laws as they exist. In other words, there exists a stark and rapidly growing credibility gap that is ever harder to paper over with empty rhetoric, dissimulation, and distraction–though God knows the Proggies and their MSM enablers are trying. A credit agency expresses dwindling confidence in those promises, and instantly becomes marked as an enemy of state to be browbeaten and threatened into submission, and hardly a media eyebrow gets raised.
Compared with the financial crisis that is coming, the recession and slow putative recovery that have marked the Obama years will seem like halcyon days. In vastly straitened circumstances, American citizens, lied to for so long that they are disoriented, will react, and the institutions that now have become instruments of partisanship will be ready to hand to support a more recognizably ‘traditional’ fascist agenda. Those Proggies who cheered the gutting of our democratic institutions will do what they always do, and exonerate themselves (not what we intended!), even though they cleared the path for the concentration of power that will be necessary to the realization of this ugly future chapter in our national history.
I don’t believe that this scenario is inevitable, even now, but I see it more clearly in my mind’s eye every month. I hope I am wrong. The tit-for-tat strategy played out in the Prisoner’s Dilemma makes sense where the warden is fair minded, but we do not have that situation with the MSM, and iterated over the spans of administrations and our extant two-party system–for instance, by instrumentalizing the IRS as a partisan bludgeon–it is extremely damaging to the ‘fabric’ of our republic. The alternative seems to be to let the more vicious party prevail. So short are our memories, and those of our representatives, that if the GOP wins back the Senate in this cycle we will see Democrats whining about the curtailment of the filibuster, who happily backed circumscribing it just shortly before, and they will feel no compunction and admit no hypocrisy in their about face.
How best to avert this scenario, fellow outlaw, I leave to you.