It may take a few more elections to make its final necrosis universally evident, but political liberalism in America is nearly dead.
Its persistence in reliable liberal jurisdictions – and its inevitable collapse – will eventually help everyone understand the demise of liberalism, but every day citizens are already witnessing the failures of governments led by left-liberal officials in Washington and DC. in states, counties and municipalities.
Other people’s money, the mother’s milk of Liberal government spending, dried up years ago. Taxpayers are exhausted and angry. Liberal jurisdictions have maxed out their credit cards and reached the borrowing limits of all other sources of credit. Huge bills are already coming due, while massive bills for pensions and other entitlements are still looming.
There are few things that distinguish the United States from other sick and bankrupt nations except that America has an almost infinitely larger and more toxic national debt.
Nevertheless, leftist politicians and their enablers in labor and public service unions, entertainment, academy and the media pontificate, write and make sometimes somber, sometimes hysterical proclamations denying the obvious problems facing America is confronted.
In fact, left-wing liberals who lack self-awareness and a sense of responsibility—that is, all of them—dangerously reassure Americans that there are no problems while demonizing those who propose and adopt difficult but necessary remedies to the spiral of economic death. into which leftist politics have sent America.
Leftists insist that America will fail unless we continue to pursue and even double down on the same social and spending policies that have already brought America to the brink of ruin.
Big government supporters will hang on – for now – but they have proven unable to contribute anything substantial to solving the real problems facing America.
Although they profess to “protect” the interests of others, liberal statists do a disservice to Americans who have somehow been made or allowed to become dependent on government. Quite the contrary. The weakest and most legitimately needy among us will be hardest hit by the failures of liberal governance.
Institutional failures will force otherwise able-bodied government dependents to face the reality that, ultimately, addiction is a life-losing strategy.
Those who have been encouraged by liberal welfare policies to view government dependency as a career choice will be forced to find themselves in the same world in which productive members of society have lived responsible and independent lives, but without have developed the skills necessary to meet their needs.
Indeed, able-bodied government dependents will be doubly victimized by the governments to which they have turned for their “livelihoods.”
Liberal immigration policies have also contributed significantly to the financial problems facing America. Indeed, the left’s argument for open borders has been lost.
Leftists refuse to uphold the integrity of American borders or accept, as most Americans do, that a nation cannot be sovereign without secure borders.
But, beyond sovereignty concerns, the burdens that millions of illegal aliens place on America’s medical and social services, education and criminal justice systems contribute significantly to the financial distress of governments.
National, state and local governments and service providers must absorb these costs, taxing, borrowing and spending to meet them, while, at the same time, billions of dollars in untaxed remittances pass through our southern border to Mexican, central and southern families. America.
In fact, apart from providing national defence, the central government is the non-productive element of our economy. Unless and until a majority of Americans agree that national suicide is a legitimate form of “politics,” it makes no sense to allow the government to confiscate even more resources from individuals and the private sector. productive to put them into failing and failing government programs and policies. .
Although some still do, fewer Americans are buying left-wing fiction. A large majority of Americans agree that fundamental changes are needed.
The days of cultural “awakening,” politicization of the US criminal justice system, open borders, massive inflation, and rampant spending will—must—end.
What is most interesting about the disappearance of liberalism is that on some level, perhaps even consciously, the left knows that the situation is tense.
Indeed, there is a dawning realization among some Democrats that they have overstepped, that voters, in general, don’t like liberal policies.
Thirty-one House Democrats have decided to leave office so far rather than risk being ousted in November by disgruntled voters.
They are the smartest.
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