When George W. Bush won for reelection in 2004, many conservatives declared liberalism dead. I think I was one of them. We should have been so lucky. Had we been right, we would not be mired in a state of perpetual Eurosclerotic sluggish growth and high unemployment. Our foreign policy would not be a complete mess. And, our very freedom would not be threatened by our own tyrannical federal government*. Alas, we were wrong. Liberalism is alive and kicking (us in the ass).
When Barry Obama won for reelection in 2012, many liberals declared conservatism dead. I suspect they will be proven as wrong as the conservatives were in 2004. I think this is just a pattern – your guy wins and you assume the other guy is dead forever. It just doesn’t seem to work that way. That said, I think both sides do enjoy the sport of watching the other side self-destruct every few years, whether it portends their permanent demise or not.
I just picked up a big clue that liberalism is on the ropes. No, it’s not any one of the now four major scandals derailing the Obama administration. Nor is it the very serious implications of an over-reaching federal government, the likes of which we haven’t seen since Lenin roamed the halls of the Kremlin. Though, it is fun to watch the rest of the world understand what many of us knew about these people when they came into office back in 2008.
No, the scent I’ve picked up is actually over in the liberal wing of the Robertson family. My incredibly brilliant, ridiculously articulate, acerbically funny, yet politically misguided sister has taken to blogging about conservatives and bicycles. I credit her for attempting to deflect from the complete meltdown of liberalism in the Obama White House, but I gotta tell you, sis, this story ain’t got no legs!
Apparently, conservative columnist Dorothy Rabinowitz has written, with some disdain, about bicyclists in New York City. It seems Rabinowitz is miffed about a Zip Car like program for bikes that she thinks is unsightly and she finds some danger in cyclists hitting pedestrians. Like most conservatives, and certainly all conservatives who are neither a cyclist nor a New Yorker, I could not possibly care less about this. In fact, to quote my late father, they have not yet invented a measuring device accurate enough to measure my indifference. But, over on the Thought Snax blog, my sis has tried to play this episode into something that is at the forefront of modern conservatism.
Here’s the dealio folks. When liberals find themselves trying to portray all conservatives as cyclist hating whackos, in the midst of four massive scandals, each of which goes to the core values of American freedom, I think there are some cracks in the liberal mortar. We will see how deep they run. And, yes, it will be fun!
*Oh, you think I’m being hyperbolic by using words like “tyranny” to describe this administration. Look at the Merriam-Webster definition. Pretty much spot on.
1: oppressive power; especially: oppressive power exerted by government
2: a government in which absolute power is vested in a single ruler;