Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Wages of Dissing America

Victor Davis Hanson has a long piece today on the importance of deterrence, and how the appeasement of others never works. It's not just a question of aggression, he argues. Symbolism is just as important as actual facts on the ground.
Symbolism is integral to deterrence. Obama perhaps meant well in his Cairo speech, his Al Arabiya interview, his apology tour, his circumvention of the Constitution to close a treaty deal with the Iranian theocracy, his media-hyped hosting of the deserter Bowe Bergdahl, his administration’s lies about Benghazi, his euphemism campaign of renaming acts of Islamic terror, his monotonous promises to close Guantanamo, his inability to control U.S. borders, and his pop admonitions to Christians to get off their high horse, to capitalists to remember they had not built their own businesses, to investors to quit profiting, and to the police to remember that they were stereotypers and profilers. 
President Obama does too understand the importance of deterrence. That's why he is always dissing conservatives and Republicans. And hey, it works! Otherwise Republicans under Paul Ryan would have pushed harder to get more of their agenda through in the late, great omnibus bill.

(Oh, and by the way, how come this whole business ended up with Speaker Ryan having to rush it through to avoid a government shutdown over Christmas. How did that happen, geniuses?)

But it all makes sense. President Obama believes in the left-wing agenda of battling racism, sexism, and homophobia. Therefore he is ruthless in his pursuit and his marginalization of racists, sexists, and homophobes. And he is nothing if not courageous in standing up for his faithful regime supporters, from college diversity administrators to Black Lives Matter activists.

But President Obama and the liberal ruling class are embarrassed by western colonialism, by capitalism, by enthusiastic Christians, by western cultural imperialism. And that is why they hesitate. In the war on radical Islam. On a sensible policy of immigration that looks after American citizens first. On a sensible reform of entitlements. On encouraging assimilation rather than worrying about the marginalization of minority cultures.

The bad news is that the international ruling-class embarrassment about the astonishing world-wide success of western culture has put us all into a bad place, with a variety of "peaceful protesters" running wild with the effective support of the liberal ruling class, rather as fascist street gangs had a license to take over the street in the Europe of the 1920s and 1930s.

The good news is that the cultural embarrassment of the ruling class is reaching its Munich moment, the point at which every person in the street can grasp that appeasement must stop, right now, and the West must start defending its culture, its ideas, and its homelands, and must start pushing back, hard.

And maybe, here at home, we will get a Republican presidential nominee that knows how to stop the appeasement of the liberals and the Democrats and rally a majority of Americans around the principles of freedom, justice, and the American Way, and put liberals and Democrats on the back foot, as they were for about ten years from 1985 to 1995.

Surely, the last seven years have taught us that the liberal culture of dissing America is going to end badly, for all of us.

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