Let not your heart be troubled — nations can be saved

I thought about Margaret Thatcher today.  Lord knows, she was something.  Brilliant, indomitable, focused, feisty, witty, and absolutely convinced of her right-ness and righteousness.  She was the un-RINO.  Her unswerving commitment to her principles enabled her to turn England around.  We forget that sometimes, because the Labor party managed to take her legacy and destroy it by turning England into an Orwellian state.

For a few brief shining years, though, she fought back against a socialist norm that had turned England into a decayed, drab society.  She privatized businesses, fought victorious wars, and generally reminded the English of their greatness.  I was there during that transition period.  The unions fought back ferociously but Maggie, unlike today’s loosey-goosey Republicans, would not back down.  She wasn’t driven by polls or scared by a Leftist media.  She understood economics and human nature.  The last half of the 1980s and much of the 1990s saw an English economic renaissance.  Had the British people been smart, they could have kept it going; instead, they opted for a renewal of socialism, the EU, unlimited immigration, and the strong velvet chains of a nanny state.

I mention this because I refuse to accept that Obama can “destroy” America.  He can — and will — damage it.  If we can get a handful of Maggie Thatchers, though, or even one Maggie Thatcher, someone who is both a visionary and a fighter, America can be turned around.  And if we’re smart, once that turnaround happens, we’ll stick with it.

Incidentally, although this sounds awful, I think we need to go over the fiscal cliff in January.  Three reasons:  First, this is what Americans voted for and, in a republican democracy, they should get it; Second, the longer we delay, the worse the inevitable fall will be; and Third, this disaster needs to happy during the long haul of a Democrat presidency (and Senate) so that Americans can grasp cause-and-effect.  Only when the socialist economic infection erupts in its full fury will Americans begin to accept that their nation is sick.  When that happens, God willing, we’ll have a Thatcher-esque politician cogently explaining to Americans that the cure lies in reaffirming constitutional and free market principles.

Sometimes you need to see the infection to know you're sick

Sometimes you need to see the infection to know you're sick


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    Perhaps, but remember that no matter what happens, it will be endlessly repeated that it is the Republican’s fault.  If only they had not ignored the common people to prevent the wealthy from Paying Their Fair Share™.

  • Danny Lemieux

    That’s why this has to be positioned in a way that makes it clear that the Democrats “own it”. For example, use videos of Republican Congressman and Senators warning of the consequences even as they step out of the way of the Democrat votes. 

    I totally agree with Book – the only hope we have is that Americans make a direct connection between Democrat policies and their consequences. This will only happen with a tremendous shock to their belief system, strong enough to destroy their worldview template. So, let’s hit the fiscal cliff and let the people – rich, middle-class and poor – suffer the consequences. If they do NOT make the connection, we are doomed, no matter what. 

    Here is a leading indicator that at-least a few Libs are starting to get the message. I showed this to conservative family members yesterday and they all burst out laughing (h/t Captain Capitalism):


    I expect to see many more stories like this over the coming months. 

  • Charles Martel

    I’m not as optimistic as you, Book, about the ultimately salutatory effects of a collapse under the Democrats. Maybe, just maybe, the dunce-ocrats who brought it on themselves would understand what led us all to a terrible place, but I look at Europe and Argentina and see that the chance of that happening is pretty slim. (Don King: “His chances are slim and none, and slim is out of town.”)

  • 11B40


    Then again, and on the other hand, I seem to remember my father mentioning (a number of times actually) something about, “You shouldn’t have to drink the ocean to know it’s salty.”

  • jj

    You’re counting on Americans being able to grasp cause and effect?  Ha.  Ha-ha.  Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!  Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha……..  (Fade out, as though disappearing down a very long hall.  Distant shriek, sound of vomiting.)

  • Oldflyer

    Book, I don’t know what “going over the cliff” would actually entail.  But, I have become convinced that any agreement that would be possible with Obama and his Merry Trolls will be disastrous.  The news today of $1.6T in tax hikes, and undefined spending cuts to follow at some mythical future date, simply illustrate the lack of seriousness.  And the arrogance.  
    So, I tend to think that it is better for the GOP to hold fast, give nothing away, and swallow whatever nasty medicine we must, sooner rather than later.  I wrote to my Congressman here in the California “Inland Empire” (I love the sheer pretentiousness of that term, and yes, like many politicians in this part of California he is a Republican) and expressed that opinion.  Don’t laugh.  It is all I know to do.

  • Mike Devx

    Sometimes you need to see theinfection to know you’re sick

    With all due apologies, Book, I’m more cynical these days.

    If debt is like an infection that you can see…

    After two weeks, he says, “It’s not bad, it will get better.”
    After a month, he says, “It hurts even worse, but I still think it will get better.”
    Another month passes.  Now he’s in pain constantly, and he’s starting to feel dubious.  “But I can take it.  I still think that somehow, someway, this is simply going to get better.”

    Another month passes, and now the pain is too terrible to endure any longer.  He decides, finally, to take action, and he sees the doctor.

    The doctor tells him, “Two months ago we could have taken action with quite a bit of discomfort.  Even one month ago, we could have taken action, but the convalescence would have been very painful.  Now, Sir, I am sorry to tell you, that it is too late for action.  There is no choice but to amputate, or you will die.  There is no other course.”

  • http://bkivey.wordpress.com/ bkivey

    Just seeing the image of the ‘Iron Lady’ made me feel better. She was the one who bucked up Ronald Reagen when he started to fade a bit: “No time to go wobbly”, or words similar.
    I share your opinion on the impending financial ‘reform’. The people have sown the wind, let them reap the whirlwind. 
    I find myself disagreeing on the will of Americans to accept that the country is broke. In my opinion, the election showed that we have tipped over to a nation of people that covets things over freedom. The sense I got from random people prior to the election was that they would vote Democrat because the Republicans would take things away. No matter that nearly all of their fears were informed by a basic lack of understanding on how this country works: they were barely getting by and those mean old Republicans wanted to make their live worse. Freedom is hard; dependency is easy. And humans, like every other biological organism, will take the easy way if they can.

  • Spartacus

    I’m having a vision.  On a high point overlooking the Aegean coast is a small band of brothers, three hundred men pledged to keep Greece free at all costs, and they are facing down an oncoming horde of two million Persians.
    As the Persians begin their assault in earnest, King Leonidas addresses his troops.  Now, here’s the weird part: he bears an uncanny resemblance to John Boehner.  “Men, this is an important day.  But tomorrow is important, too, as is the day after, and I think next Thursday is some festival up in Macedonia, and I’m sure that’s pretty important to them.  Now, we are all that stands between these yahoos and our beloved homeland.  And so, if we allow ourselves to be defeated, there will be nothing between them and our homeland, and that would be bad.  So, we should probably relocate to a different defensive position… I’ve heard Naples is nice this time of year.”
    I hope I’m wrong.

  • Spartacus

    Sorry, wandering badly off-topic here, but I just reminded myself of a poem one does not get to quote very often:
    Some lucky Thracian has my shield,
      For, being somewhat flurried,
    I dropped it by a wayside bush,
      As from the field I hurried;
    Thank God, I made it clear away,
      To blazes with the shield!
    I’ll get another just as good,
      When next I take the field.
              — Archilochus, history’s first recorded eloquent coward

  • Old Buckeye

    I saw exactly what you described, Mike Devx, before the election with the one-and-only hardcore lib acquaintance I have. She insisted that things were getting better in her area (near Detroit!) because she saw people out in the stores and restaurants.  I am pretty sure she went for Zero a second time. She also vehemently denies that Obamacare has made any difference because that limiting people to part-time policy has been going on forever. I can’t decide if she’s just stubborn about admitting things or blind. I do think she believes the D party is the same as it was back in the 60s.

  • Ron19

    “Sometimes you need to see the infection to know you’re sick”
    As we struggle with this as a national problem, coincidentally I’ve started reading comments from the bookwormroom as a mental break from something I am reading elsewhere, about individual problems that lead you around by the nose for a different issue:
    Lots of good, deep comments, it’s like reading the postings and comments here.
    I know that not everybody here will agree that the problems are in anyway related, even in style, but I was struck by the coincidence of their similarity.  And the timing of when I was reading that site and this one.

  • https://picasaweb.google.com/102427392960537405774 Kevin_B

    While I want to retain optimist and hope for the future, I find it increasingly harder to do so, due to everything that is going on in the world.
    I don’t really want to hold a bleak vision for the future, but unfortunately, I do not see how any other conclusion can be reasonably reached at the current time.
    At this point, I expect things to get worse before they get better – if they ever do.