Sunday, November 07, 2004

Mark Steyn: It Wasn't Just Rednecks

Mark Steyn is British, but he is currently living in the United States. He writes columns for British and American newspapers. He has two columns out today, one in the
London Telegraph and the other in the Chicago Sun-Times.

His column in the London Telegraph is in response to the ridiculous headlines and statements about the reelection of President Bush in many of the UK's absurdly leftist, tabloid newspapers. I have to warn you that Mr. Steyn responds to the colorful language used in the British tabloids with colorful language of his own, so be prepared. But his total evisceration of the arguments made by the secular, European left is worth reading. An excerpt:

That's fine. But what happens if the European elite should decide a whole lot of other stuff is beyond the pale, too, some of it that B J Kelly is quite partial to? In affirming the traditional definition of marriage in 11 state referenda, from darkest Mississippi to progressive enlightened Kerry-supporting Oregon, the American people were not expressing their "gay-loathin' ", so much as declining to go the Kelly route and have their betters tell them what they can think. They're not going to have marriage redefined by four Massachusetts judges and a couple of activist mayors. That doesn't make them Bush theo-zombies marching in lockstep to the gay lynching, just freeborn citizens asserting their right to dissent from today's established church - the stifling coercive theology of political correctness enforced by a secular episcopate.

As Americans were voting on marriage and marijuana and other matters, the Rotterdam police were destroying a mural by Chris Ripke that he'd created to express his disgust at the murder of Theo van Gogh by Islamist crazies. Ripke's painting showed an angel and the words "Thou Shalt Not Kill". Unfortunately, his workshop is next to a mosque, and the imam complained that the mural was "racist", so the cops arrived, destroyed it, arrested the television journalists filming it and wiped their tape. Maybe that would ring a bell with Oliver James's mum.

Read the whole article. It is interesting that the Democrats in this country and leftists around the world are blaming the victory of George W. Bush on the same idea. That everyone that voted for the President is a religious fanatic along the same vein of the Taliban, who were voting for the oppression of gays, the roll back of civil rights, and the establishment of Christianity as the national religion. Except they never put in such nice terms. The Democrats are clutching to exit polls showing that the majority of Americans said that moral issues were most important to them in this election. that is great, the issue of abortion and marriage are essential to the long term survival of this country (more on that in an minute). But what the Democrats and the European leftists (the two are basically the same in the ideology) do not understand, and Mr. Steyn makes this point brilliantly, is that many Americans believe that the war on terror is a MORAL issue. The overthrow of a brutal tyrant that executed women and children in the street, and who threatened the survival of the last best hope for man on earth, America, is as much a moral issue as defining marriage as between a man and a woman. If America failed to meet that test, we will fail to meet the moral issues at home.

Back to the long term survival of this country. Incredibly most Western European countries either have not woken up to the fact that they are in very serious trouble. trouble of the magnitude that could result in the end of several of the countries as we know them. Europe has abandoned Christianity for all practical purposes. the societies have embraced secularism and all of the pitfalls that come with it. Marriage is in decline, birthrates are past the point of being dangerously low. the population of Europe is shrinking. To fill the void, many of those countries have been filling the gaps in the workforce by allowing more and more Muslim immigrants into their countries. Now that it is probably too late, many have realized the dangerous folly of that policy. For example, the government off the Netherlands is currently preparing for jihad. We are seeing the beginning of what will be another great war, started on that continent. The military power of the United states, the power most Europeans hate more than any other, will again be called on to save Europe from a despair of its own creation. When will this occur? Ten years? 20 years? No one knows, but it will happen. the countries of western Europe have dug themselves a whole from which their pathetic armies will not be able to pull them from. It will again be America that saves the world.

If his article in the London Telegraph was meant to respond to European Leftists, his article in the Chicago Sun-Times was a shot through the heart of American leftists, now known as Democrats. An excerpt:

Mustn't gloat, mustn't gloat. Instead, we must try and look sober and reflective and then step smartly to the side and let the Democrats tear themselves apart.

I'm reluctant to intrude on family grief, especially as the Dems are doing such a sterling job all by themselves. But, when big shot Democrats look at Tuesday's results and instantly announce the reason they flopped out was because . . .

Whoa, hang on a minute, my apologies. There's been a clerical error here: That was my post-election column from 2002. My post-election column from 2004 goes like . . . well, actually, it goes pretty much the same. It'd be easier just to take the second week in November off every two years and let my editors run the timeless classic whither-the-Democrats? column. All that changes is the local color. In 2002, I was very taken by the band at Missouri Democratic headquarters attempting to rouse the despondent faithful with Steve Allen's peppy anthem, "This Could Be the Start of Something Big,'' and noted that the party faced the opposite problem: This could be the end of something small.

As they've done for a decade now, the Democrat bigwigs worried about it for a couple of weeks and then rationalized it away: In 2000 they lost because Bush stole the "election"; in 2002 they lost because of that "vicious" attack ad on Max Cleland. The official consolation for this year's biennial bust hasn't yet been decided on, but Tom Daschle's election-eve lawsuit alone offers several attractive runners, including the complaint that Democrats were intimidated by Republicans ''rolling their eyes.'' Could be a lot more of that if this keeps up.

So it seems likely -- just to get my 2006 post-election column out of the way here -- that in a couple years' time the Democrats will have run on the same thin gruel as usual and be mourning the loss of another two or three Senate seats. You want names and states? Well, how about West Virginia? Will the 88-year old Robert C. Byrd be on the ballot in 2006? And, if he's not, what are the Dems' chances of stopping West Virginia's transformation to permanent "red state" status?

It also seems likely -- just to get my 2012 post-election column out of the way here -- that in eight years' time the Dems will have run on the same thin gruel as usual and, thanks to the 2010 census and the ongoing shift of population to the South and West, lost another five House seats and discovered that the "blue states" are worth even less in the Electoral College -- though in fairness their only available presidential candidate, the young dynamic Southerner 94-year-old Robert C. Byrd, managed to hold all but three of Kerry's states.

So sure are the Democrats that they are superior to the rest of the country that they likely won't change their tune before the next election. Republicans should take comfort in that. The fact of the matter is that the Democratic get out the vote efforts did work. They brought millions of uneducated voters to the polls to vote for John Kerry. The Democrats will take heart in the fact the Kerry received 55 million votes even though he lost. They will use that number to prop up the ideas they have been pushing for close to 40 years now and that have resulted in an incredible political realignment in this country. Mr. Steyn is right, they are likely to push the same thin gruel for the foreseeable future, replacing John Kerry with any number of out of touch leftists who simply will deliver the same ideas in different ways. The chant "Four More Years" has been heard a lot lately, but the fact of the matter is it is very likely to be "Forty more years" of the reagan conservative revolution domination of the American political scene.

Look for a post by that name in the near future.

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