With Election Day coming tomorrow, I specifically want to address younger readers. If you’re not one, then please put this in front of someone who is:
Young Americans don’t have the benefit of the life experience the rest of us do, in having repeatedly lived through the cycle of leftist policies failing and conservatives having to fix things, only to have leftist policies get voted back in and crash things again. It’s like having a drunk in your car pool who insists on sharing in the driving occasionally. This is why the left targets the young so hard: they don't have that frame of reference to help them recognize the scam and not click on it.
Sadly, they’ve also been let down by the education system and the media, who have tried their best to fill their heads with false notions, from Howard Zinn-inspired “America is to blame for all the problems of the world” nonsense to the virtues of “Democratic socialism.” Let me assure you, socialism is not “progressive.” It’s been around for over a century and created nothing but poverty, misery and corruption everywhere it’s been tried (please don’t point to Scandinavian countries as examples of it working; they’ll kick you in the fjords if they hear you call them “socialist.”)
Likewise, putting the word “Democratic” in front of “socialism” does about as much good as putting the phrase “lemon-fresh” in front of “pile of cow dung.” In fact, the major difference between socialism and cow dung is that if you have cow dung, at least you can grow something with it.
I’m sure you don’t remember this (and probably were not taught in schools), but for all the blabbing about the “unprecedented” political situation today, we’ve lived through it all before.
As recently as 2000 (which was still long enough ago that first-time voters wouldn’t remember it personally), we had a Democratic candidate the media were certain would win. How could Al Gore lose, when liberals assured us that George W. Bush was an idiot, a chimp, a racist, a fascist and literally Hitler? (Yes, that’s not a new thing; it’s their old stand-by. As far back as 1940, Democrats tried to tie Republican Presidential candidate Wendell Wilkie to Hitler and the Nazis: https://twitter.com/RealTimeWWII/status/1057751053997928453 )
When the Republican won anyway, shocked liberals tried to “resist.” They claimed the vote was rigged, Bush was “selected, not elected,” and he wasn’t the legitimate President. He was endlessly mocked in the media. His opponents wanted to impeach him or have him arrested. Some tried so hard to blame him for everything that it was said they’d developed “Bush Derangement Syndrome.” The unity following 9/11 made divisiveness harder to push as a political strategy, but they finally locked onto the Iraq War and criticism of his handling of the damage from a hurricane (Kanye West accused him of hating black people – seriously, isn’t this giving you a feeling of déjà vu?)
Eventually, the left managed to wear down America’s unity enough that Democrats won back the House and Senate in 2006, halfway through Bush’s second term. Nancy Pelosi became the Speaker (again, deja vu.) And between 2005 and 2007, GDP growth dropped from 3.3% to 1.8%, and the deficit, which had been falling, ballooned from $161 billion to $459 billion.
Now, at this point, I can just hear Democrats objecting that part of that spending was the bailouts due to the early tremors of the coming mortgage meltdown. I’m glad you brought that up:
You see, kids, the Bush Administration was concerned about all those hinky subprime mortgages and tried to impose some stricter standards on the federal lending agencies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The House Financial Services Committee held hearings in 2003 into those concerns but Democrats dismissed them. Ranking Committee Democrat Barney Frank said at the time, “I think it is clear that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are sufficiently secure so they are in no great danger…Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do very good work, and they are not endangering the fiscal health of this country.”
Even as the great economic meltdown of 2009 was looming (and if you Millennials’ eyes are glazing over, I’ll remind you that this was the reason your college degree couldn’t get you a job at anyplace but Starbucks for years), another Democratic member of that committee went even further:
“Mr. Chairman, we do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac, and in particular at Fannie Mae, under the outstanding leadership of Mr. Frank Raines. Everything in the 1992 act has worked just fine. In fact, the GSEs have exceeded their housing goals. What we need to do today is to focus on the regulator, and this must be done in a manner so as not to impede their affordable housing mission, a mission that has seen innovation flourish from desktop underwriting to 100 percent loans.”
That cheerleader for subprime mortgages was…brace yourselves…Rep. Maxine Waters. If Democrats win back the House on Tuesday, she’s in line to become the chair person of that very committee, and has vowed to use her powers to wreak vengeance on all bankers for making those loans -- the same bankers she would have branded as racists and targeted for vengeance back then if they hadn’t made those loans.
You see, if you live long enough, you start to see the cycles repeating over and over. When times are good, people tend to forget what bad times are like and foolishly let them return. Right now, despite all the overheated melodrama from the media, you are living in the best times in the history of the Earth. Exchanging them after only two years for sure-fire proven failures would be like deliberately refusing to get vaccinated against polio and whooping cough.
Oh, yeah, I almost forgot: there are those on the left who want to bring those things back, too. Again, please trust me: like socialism, they are diseases you should not feel any nostalgia for.
Vote tomorrow, but don’t let the Democrats, your peers or the media trick, pressure or guilt you into voting against your own future.