On Nov 10, British writer Janet Daley of The Telegraph opened her incisive commentary with this paragraph (emphasis added):
So Europe got the American president it wanted – the one who would present no threat to its own delusions. The United States is now officially one of us: an Old World country complete with class hatred, ethnic Balkanisation, bourgeois guilt and a paternalist ruling elite. And it is locked into the same death spiral of high public spending and self-defeating wealth redistribution as we are. Welcome to the future, and the beginning of what may turn out to be the terminal decline of the West.
Well said, Ms Daley. Clearly she understands what used to be unique about the American spirit — the same thing that Alexis de Toqueville found when he toured the country in the early 19th century.
Daley is brutally honest. Here’s how she describes America’s legions of middle-class Obama voters and what, like their European counterparts, they have all but destroyed:
… The United States has now acquired an electorally powerful liberal bourgeoisie who are convinced, as their European counterparts have been for several generations, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, that public spending is inherently virtuous, that poverty can be cured by penalising wealth creation, and that government intervention can engineer social “fairness”. But just when some of Europe’s political class has begun to appreciate the dangers of this philosophy – that taken to its logical conclusion, it leads to economic stagnation and social division – America seems to have decided that it is the quintessence of enlightened sophistication.
Back in its less sophisticated, less European, days, the United States had actually discovered the formula for extraordinary social vitality, and the miraculous ability to turn people who started with nothing into proud, self-determining citizens. It said to everyone who arrived: “The state only exists to give you the chance to make your own way – to that end it will give you freedom under the rule of law, the right to live your life, to own property and to pursue happiness.” That was the deal.
And what a deal it was! With flaws to be sure, but on a grand scale, it was the best the planet has ever seen. Sadly, in the 50 years since the Kennedy assassination, Big Government Democrats and Republicans, along with their Leftist allies in the universities (who began their own Marxist crusade fully 50 years earlier) have managed to turn the whole thing upside down. Our country is now cannibalizing all that capitalism and that spirit of personal responsibility managed to create in America. And most Americans have no idea it’s happening.
Janet Daley concludes with:
Perhaps it was inevitable that the country would outgrow that fervent, youthful self-belief and become just another declining society, retreating from the world stage as brash new global powers loomed into view. Then again, after four more years, it might just rediscover its soul.
Indeed we might. Or we might not. Fifty years of maleducation and dependence cultivation have worked their will. Surely we must try, but we must do so knowing that we may lose a lot more ground before we begin to take it back — if ever.
There’s more. Read Daley’s full article at this link.