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.