intellego ut credam, Politics, Status quaestionis



By David Beilstein

FOLLOWING what can only be an electoral disaster for Republicans, Democratic Party faithful — a pack of dispirit flocks, of moonbats of every stripe and hue — now gloat over the felled Republican Goliath.

But as Ross Douthat points out, in a piercing New York Times op-ed, this is not a good thing.

Liberals look at the Obama majority and see a coalition bound together by enlightened values — reason rather than superstition, tolerance rather than bigotry, equality rather than hierarchy. But it’s just as easy to see a coalition created by social disintegration and unified by economic fear.

Consider the Hispanic vote. Are Democrats winning Hispanics because they put forward a more welcoming face than Republicans do — one more in keeping with America’s tradition of assimilating migrants yearning to breathe free? Yes, up to a point. But they’re also winning recent immigrants because those immigrants often aren’t assimilating successfully — or worse, are assimilating downward, thanks to rising out-of-wedlock birthrates and high dropout rates. The Democratic edge among Hispanics depends heavily on these darker trends: the weaker that families and communities are, the more necessary government support inevitably seems.

This does not bold well for Republicans either. The more government support is needed, the harder it will be to build the edifice of classical liberal styled government, moored in by modest parameters. And it becomes depressing, immoral even, Democratic Party fortunes are tied to the breakdown of culture and people.

This will be the challenge facing classical liberal candidates into the future. How to win elected office first, and subsequently, to roll back government intrusion, entitlements — at the same time, as — educating new classes of Americans in the ideas that gave America rise.



  1. David,

    And what a challenge it will be. With the schools pumping out millions of victims and socialists each year… the task seems insurmountable.

    But, we won’t roll over. We’ll keep at it as long as we’re able or ’till the Kingdom comes.

    Thanks, David.

  2. Steve,

    Exactly; it is very dire indeed. I do think, though, conservative, Republican, leaning voters make a big mistake in not acting upon a dismantling of federally controlled schools. Local schools would have helped protect us from a lot of this comeback we’re feeling now.

    Reagan tried it in the 80s and got sunk by moderate Republicans. But it should have been part of the GOP national platform from there on out. The problem with GOP’ers is they give up. Statists don’t. Didn’t matter a majority of Americans did not buy into the class warfare excreta in the 1980s; statists kept pushing it, pushing it, pushing it.

    Two weeks ago, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, over 50% of Americans voted for it. It’s populist now to believe things routinely denied less than 20 years ago. Leftists are always ideological and they’re always preaching their message win or lose.

    Republicans/conservatives are always apologising for their ideological beliefs. It’s troubling, since our ideological beliefs, liberalism in the classical sense, are the foundational protections against the authoritarian government the left has successfully painted GOP’ers of being in favour of.

    Ouch. Republican/conservative ideological inconsistency here has not helped and has created a lot of this problem. It’s easy to paint a party as authoritarian when that party (slash movement) is not being faithful to its ideological convictions.

    We need to communicate effectively; no apologies.

    You are correct, brother. Education is key: that’s why it is so important that localism – custom and place – is just as important as sound fiscal policy in conservative talking points. Largely, however, it has gone missing; especially, as it were, nationally; that’s the battleground.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving, brother.


      • If God permits, after some fictional writing triumphs; I will run for office. And if near you, I’ll need your vote!

        Thanks for the sound wisdom and responses. I appreciate it! Don’t eat too much today. I know I always promise I won’t – but I always end up doing it. Part of my sanctification based in Christ’s perfection, I assume.

        Anyway, I pray this finds you well, brother.



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