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Changing Demographics? More Like Enduring Ignorance

By Arnold Ahlert · Nov. 9, 2012

By now, you've heard from most of the chattering classes as to why Democrats in general, and Barack Obama in particular, did so well on election night. You've heard about changing demographics, an opportune storm, media malfeasance, etcetera, etcetera, ad nauseam.

Let me make it much simpler. On election night, for the umpteenth time, I went to the local food mart, and gave the high school kid working the register a five dollar bill for something that cost $2.32. She punched it into the computer, after which I gave her the thirty-two cents. By now, most of you know where this is going: the dazed look, alternating between the change and me, as if I'd handed her the Dead Sea Scrolls and demanded a translation on the spot. Of course if I'd used that analogy to make light of the moment, it wouldn't have mattered: these kids aren't just mathematically illiterate, they wouldn't know what the Dead Sea Scrolls are either – unless it was the name of a new app for their I-phones.

On the way home, I had the radio on. Without a trace of embarrassment or irony in his voice, the newscaster spoke about a mock vote taken at the local high school. “Barack Obama won in a landslide,” he gushed. After two generations of leftist indoctrination by unionized educators, whose quid pro quo relationship with the Democrat party is written in stone, I don't doubt it for a minute. Nor was I particularly shocked earlier this year when I wrote about three kids in their late teens and early twenties, who couldn't place the date of the Civil War within the 50-year spread I gave them to do so. Literacy? If it can't be reduced to 140 characters for Twitter's sake, it no longer matters.

None of this is particularly new. In fact, when I taught reading and study skills in NYC schools thirty years ago, it was exactly the same. Those “kids” are now in their 40s. The only thing that semi-shocked me back then was the fact that most of them were no longer ashamed of being ignorant. In fact, many of them were proud of their cluelessness. Now, most of them barely know what shame is, other than having someone say something bad about them on FaceBook. And pride is all about owning the latest gadget, replacing the gadget that replaced the gadget before that.

There's your so-called demographic. We've become a nation with a majority of weak-thinkers, allied with those more than willing to do their thinking for them, as long as they get “free stuff” in return. What is the minority offering as an alternative? Freedom.

Unfortunately, freedom is hard. For one thing, it requires critical thinking skills. For another, it requires effort. Tyranny is easy. Just do whatever someone tells you to do, whether it's a bureaucrat – or a cash register. What was this election really all about? We are now certain that it is impossible to change the trajectory of nation comprised of millions of people who can't make change.

As a result, I have a suggestion for the Republicans, one they won't hear from anyone else: give Barry and Company everything they want, without an iota of resistance. Let 'em raise taxes and the debt ceiling, gut the military, and run up trillions of dollars of additional deficits and debt. Then stand back, and let an utterly corrupt media chronicle the demise – without being able to pin an ounce of the ensuing socialist catastrophe on an “obstructionist” GOP.

Harry Reid wants to end the filibuster? Tell him it won't be necessary. For the next four years, Republicans will do what a certain Senator from Illinois made a career of doing: they will simply vote “present” on every bill put before them in both houses of Congress. In effect, give Democrats they same unassailable majority they had in 2008 – the same one that led directly to the passage of ObamaCare.

Radical? Compared to what? Watching a president get re-elected, despite four major scandals, the worst recovery on record, and the explosion of entitlements – all of which was blamed on the aforementioned Republican obstructionism? Being blamed for everything that will go wrong from 2012 to 2016, completely irrespective of reality or the truth?

It's time to get real: the only thing Republicans can do is delay the inevitable. Why bother? The sooner progressives and the media bring America to its knees, the sooner the people who know better can put the nation back on its feet.

I know what you're thinking. What about the hell we'll have to go through between now and then? A couple of answers. First, it's time for the voting majority to get exactly what they voted for – in spades. Second, and this applies not just to America, but to every socialist country that has also run out of other people's money to spend: better an out and out meltdown and genuine recovery after two or three years, than the ongoing twilight of semi-misery we're currently enduring. Misery that could last a decade more – or longer.

Any attempt to meet Democrats “half-way” is a fool's errand. There is no split-the-difference, get along to go along, compromise that can be reached between tyranny and freedom. With respect to the rule of law and the Constitution, you're either in or you're out.A nation is either solvent or bankrupt. It is either exceptional or ordinary. The American majority voted for tyranny, bankruptcy and mediocrity.

Give the people what they want – until they can't stand it anymore.

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45 Comments

MIResident in Michigan said:

I tend to agree with you - but wait until I close on the 40 acres far from the metro area and stock up on a few more rounds.

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 8:56 AM

READY4ACHANGE in ILLINOIS said:

I agree as well, except for gutting the military. I don't mind being a puppet here in the US, but I don't wish to become a puppet for another country.

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Ct-Tom in NC replied:

But, what good is a first-rate military if it isn't used? And it won't be.

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 9:11 AM

READY4ACHANGE in ILLINOIS replied:

Sadly, I have to agree.

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Torp44 in Ione, Wa. replied:

Tom, never (always!) fear......it WILL be used!.......IT will be used to round us all up and transport us to the nearest detention camps, also staffed by the military.

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Ct-Tom in NC replied:

Jim: I have wondered about that, and how much good my arms and ammo will do me if a couple of well trained 23-yr-old soldiers showed up at my door with M4's requiring me to surrender my stuff, if not my person. I am pretty sure I could not take them down, I'm just too old and too slow. And anyway, I am not sure I'd want to.

I console myself with the notion that if it comes down to it, the soldiers will be on "our" side. I hope so. It wouldn't be the first time the military turned on its civilian bosses. I have always found my opinions in much greater agreement with military folks than with politicians.

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Joe in Texas replied:

I truly believe that the military would not follow this commander in chief to battle the citizens (us) that supports the military. They vote with huge majorites to support liberty and freedom. The military won't be coming to our doors, the ATF will be.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

The soldiers we have now will probably be on "our side" that is why they are overseas and will probably be left there without ammo to defend themselves from the Muzzie hordes, Though Ammo is being bought up and being hoarded by the Homeland Security Department for the "civilian" Securiity Service (thats SS for short) Obama wants to create to use as supervisors at education camps, and superintendants at Euthanasia Hospices.

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM

P. Long in Texas replied:

With our current manner of warfare and rules of engagement, give it a little time and we won't have a military even if the gov. does pretend to use it. And we're already a puppet to China, even if they aren't pulling all the strings right now. They own us. Lock, stock, and barrel. They purchased the whole thing in the form of bonds.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Ct-Tom in NC said:

Arnold, I believe we are soul-mates. After the 2010 elections, Krauthammer (I think) suggested that a more cynical GOP would do as you are suggesting. He added that, since conservatives tend to be an optimistic lot, they wouldn't do such a thing. I agreed.

Now, I believe, for the reasons you give, that the only way to win the war is a strategic retreat. It'll be very painful, but I don't see any other way (e.g., pandering to Latinos) to get us back to our foundational principles.

My favorite quote of late: "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard." --H. L. Mencken

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Adrien Nash in Crescent Cityh replied:

Sadly, there's even more evidence of the hopelessness of the current national condition and electorate delusional viewpoint, and one is the fact that half of the military votes in the swing states went to Obama. They like Obama, no matter what he does or more importantly, what he doesn't do. That shows a weariness of war along with a generational and ideological gap.

The other proof is seen in national statistics. Check-out this frightfully revealing page of facts and statistical charts, (if your hair isn't white already, this will do the job. http://libertylawsite.org/liberty-forum/constitutional-moments/

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY said:

"they wouldn't know what the Dead Sea Scrolls are either -- unless it was the name of a new app for their I-phones."

Or the current hot band.....

"Literacy? If it can't be reduced to 140 characters for Twitter's sake, it no longer matters"

Hence my dislike for text speak. I refuse to use twitter, or use text speak, because one cannot fashion a coherent thought involving 140 characters or less. Then again, considering what passes for knowledge these days many kids wouldn't know how to do it even neither of the above were available.

"There's your so-called demographic. We've become a nation with a majority of weak-thinkers, allied with those more than willing to do their thinking for them, as long as they get free stuff' in return. What is the minority offering as an alternative? Freedom."

To borrow a couple of words from Atlas Shrugged, the moochers and looters now outnumber the producers. I would add that most of them live in major metropolitan areas, with the exception of a few blue states, that are currently going bankrupt, and are virtually "mini-me" previews of a bankrupted nation. Many would much prefer to wear the golden chains of a seemingly "benevolent" government, as opposed to being able to, or worse yet from their view, HAVE TO, do, work, or think for themselves. This is no longer a question of ideology, this is a question of a corrupted mind-set. If ignorance is bliss, these folks are wallowing in mud puddles of joy.

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY replied:

Continuation of my previous thoughts:

"As a result, I have a suggestion for the Republicans, one they won't hear from anyone else: give Barry and Company everything they want, without an iota of resistance. Let 'em raise taxes and the debt ceiling, gut the military, and run up trillions of dollars of additional deficits and debt. Then stand back, and let an utterly corrupt media chronicle the demise -- without being able to pin an ounce of the ensuing socialist catastrophe on an 'obstructionist' GOP"

What you are suggesting sir is the basic theme of Atlas Shrugged the producers, quite and allow the moochers to rain ruin upon themselves. Only problem it will rain ruin upon many of us as well. Do we, as conservatives have the will, and stamina to subject ourselves to a course of action? That is a question that can only be answered by following the above mentioned course or by a course which I do not like to advocate; secession of states that actually have producers in them, as it would be interesting to watch the USSA wither on the vines of it's own creation.

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY replied:

that should read quit. not quite

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Bill in Texas replied:

Good points all around. I know that removal is was a large topic here in Texas when Obamacare was being hussled and rammed through Congress (I would prefer to use the term Legislative Branch, but with how it was passed, and a House Majority Speaker even stated "we have to pass it to know whats in it", they lost the title of being Legislative in my book) and now we know what we will get in the next 4 years with Obama's re-election. I would not be surprised if Texas has it on the ballot to remove ourselves within 3 years. I would say that the bill would pass probably in the neighborhood of 65 to 35, but could be as high as 80 to 20. This will depend on how quickly the die heard democrates from California move from their failure and relocate here. Last time I heard, Cali lost something like 20% of its population over the last 10 years, and I believe of that 20%, 80% have relocated to Texas. I may be wrong on the Cali figures, but feeel pretty good about the mindset of my fellow Texans.

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Tobias Black in Florida replied:

Ruin will be rained upon us whether we quit and allow them to do so or not. We may as well save our energy and at the same time attach the disastrous results to their choices.

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Ayn Rand in CO said:

Who is John Galt?

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Frank B in Columbus Ohio said:

I am afraid I have to agree. For those of us on John Galt's side, all we have to do is short Treasury Bonds and we will be rich beyond imagination when the crash happens. Of course we will have to invest in a lot of rounds to protect that wealth.

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM

CLCRichmond in Richmond said:

http://artofmanliness.com/2011/08/19/lose-with-dignity-celebrate-with-grace-part-i/

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Bailey in Tennessee said:

Can we start a new country? "Forget the dead you've left, they will not follow you....."

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Michael in Florida replied:

"And it's all over now, Baby Blue." Let's hope NOT. Mr. Ahlert isn't the only person I've heard approve of the strategy to give the socialists enough rope to hang themselves, as they always do, but he is the first I've heard who suggests that we grease the skids for them. Excellent piece.

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY replied:

Bailey, I do not advocate secession, at least not yet. Perhaps the idea of this piece should be tried first. If it does not succeed, then your idea may gain traction.

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Jayve in ABQ, NM said:

I have to whole-heartedly agree with you Arnold. The population has shown that it wants the nanny state to care for them from cradle to grave (if they can get through the abortion and IPAB when older that is). Let them own this. Give them no reason to point the finger. Let the country see for themselves just how wrong they were (not gonna happen). The sooner this burns to the ground, the sooner we have a chance to redo it right and drive their sorry butts into the ocean while they lick their wounds and wonder "what happened?". FORWARD TO HELL!!

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Tapdaddy in Indiana said:

"Unfortunately, freedom is hard. For one thing, it requires critical thinking skills. For another, it requires effort. Tyranny is easy. Just do whatever someone tells you to do"

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Tobias Black in Florida replied:

Wonderful quote. Is it original? If not, who said it?

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Mark in TEXAS said:

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

All I see is an old white man who doesnt understand those "young whipper snappers" or the way they work. Every single generation (as they age) thinks the younger generation is add and stupid. Whats funny is the older generation never realizes that the generation before them thought the same of them.

all you did was repeat the same old narrative thats been repeated, ad nauseum, for centuries.

congratulations, your dumb

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

countrygirl in Texas replied:

Mark, is that what you would've said to those in Germany around 1937 or so, who were deeply concerned about where their country was headed?

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Xander in DC replied:

Mark,

I totally agree. I bet you if you looked back in history you'd probably find some other Grandpa Simpson spouting off grouchy sore loser sentences like:

"Just let them end slavery and institute their socialist confiscation of hard earned private property, and have the country come crashing down upon them."

"Just get out of the way and let them pass the 19th amendment. Once those women start voting and the country collapses, they'll have no one to blame but themselves"

"Just let them continue with unfettered immigration and let those stupid Democratic voting Irish, Italian, and Polish Catholics into the country. Once the country collapses under their Pope-ish, labor terrorist policies, then we'll see you'll be laughing last."

But you can't blame older white males -- look at what they lost: A pizza free society with black slaves to wash their cars for free and the ability to divorce their wives for a younger model with no threat of alimony. I would be upset, too.

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 6:11 PM

ata777 in FL replied:

that would be "you're" dumb--but I'm guessing you won't appreciate the irony.

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 7:37 PM

India in GA replied:

Ha! You beat me to it, ata777...

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

We know the younger generation is stupid when it comes to how the governemnt works. A reporter asked a number of them in South Boston at a polling place some very simple questions and not one of them could give the correct answer. They didn't know how many members where in the House or the Senate. Also couldn't tell him who was the minority leader in the house or who was the majority leader in the Senate. One even stated they got their information from Colbert because he told it like it was. The stated reasons for voting for Obama was gay marriage, abortion, free contraceptives, and they didn't like the other guy. Not one word about the economy, the debacle in Benghazi, the number of people out of work, the debt, or anything else concerning state of the country. It just shows that the values that worked so sell for many years has become "passe" to this generation. Now it is all about what can I get for free and if I have a problem the government will take of it. And you have the nerve to call us dumb. The stupidity that is rampart in your generation overshadows any mistakes we may have made. By the way, your remark about an old white man suggests that you are nothing more than a bigoted libeal who has to name call when people don't agree with your beliefs.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 9:17 AM

mike in wa replied:

>congratulations, your dumb
>your dumb
>your

my dumb?

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 5:18 PM

demsarerats in Oregon said:

Arnold, you are absolutely right about collapse of the current system, demographics is destiny;
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/us/whites-account-for-under-half-of-births-in-us.html?_r=3&hp&, but speeding the collapse is the wrong approach. There is a small chance that we could have a good president in four years who would use the military properly, Obonga as commander in chief during the collapse is a proposition to be avoided if possible. In any case a slower decline will give time to organize an effective resistance and can be put to good use. On balance I think that we should use what power we have left for one more chance in ‘16, slight as that may be.

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Susan in Michigan said:

Brilliant essay. Thank you for summing up my thoughts so eloquently.

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA said:

At a ballgame in St. Louis this past June. Hotter than Hades watching the Pirates crush the Cardinals 14-5. At any rate cold items were selling well with a game time temperature of 102.

So the wife sees a young kid hawking some kind of ice cream concoction selling for $5.25 and she wants one. I wave the guy over and he hands me one and I give him a Twenty.

He takes a long look at the Twenty and I'm thinking: "He probably doesn't have change."

But that's not the problem as he pulls out a wad of bills. He again takes a long look at the twenty and then pulls out a calculator. Crap the kid can't even add or subtract simple numbers. After punching some numbers in he peels off $11.00 in bills and hands them to me. I tell him that isn't right that you owe me $14.75. He says wait a minute I'll get your 75 cents out of my other pocket just let me put my roll of bills back. So he pulls out three quarters and hands the to me. I again tell him this still isn't right. 20 bucks less 5.25 is 14.75 - you owe me three more dollars. I get a deer in the headlights look. We got around again and he finally gives me three more dollars.

I wonder if the kid could read and write - he sure couldn't handle simple math.

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Maurice Brandt in Fargo, North Dakota said:

All I can say is, out-f'ing standing and I wish I'd thought of it.

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 9:17 PM