Sunday, November 11, 2012

The coming revolution

November 11, 2012

After Obama: The Coming Reign of Incredibly Small Government

By Andrew K. Boyle
A national election always triggers an onslaught of political books claiming that the next several decades will belong to the party which just swept into power.  These books are laughably wrong, usually being discarded and discredited by the next election night.  This election is no different, and books are being finished right now which explain why events in history will be marked henceforth as Before Obama and After Obama.  There are other books being edited currently which will be the obituary of the GOP, claiming that Barack Obama killed the great elephant on his way back from killing Osama bin Laden.  The byproducts of both responses to the 2012 election will in short order be discarded, but for reasons far outside politics.

The future is dramatically conservative, in a very uncomfortable and dark way.  This conservative future is inevitable -- not because of political events, but because of societal trajectory.  If political events are man taking flight, the conservative future is characteristically similar to gravity. 
The future is one of incredibly small government -- not in the virtuous, self-reliant Republic sort of way, but in the tragic "government crashes into the January fiscal cliff and explodes" sort of way.  The grand programs instituted under the guise of moral superiority will abruptly end amongst the shrapnel of audacious government meeting the rocky cliffs of nature's reality.  If entitlements and social programs are tinkered with to conform to budget realities, it is cheap and easy to condemn them as mean or racist or some such thing within the political arena.  If these programs stop abruptly because they have been purposefully grown to ridiculously unsustainable levels, those who refused to scale back well-intentioned programs when offered the chance will be responsible for the primitive violence engulfing our cities.  The new and less noble beasts prowling the once-peaceful streets will be the creation of insane spending and decades of dishonest and vain politics.

I shouldn't be saying this, I worry about my grand children and great grand children to come, but I really hope the coming revolution is a "hot one". As Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter to James Madison, " A Little Rebellion Now and Then Is A Good Thing." I think it's time...

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