In Brief: No, America Isn’t Over
But a political era — that of the New Deal Democrats — is coming to its inglorious end.
Recent polling shows that a growing majority of the public has lost faith in the American government. Does this mean the nation is doomed?
It’s not altogether unreasonable to see such numbers and conclude America is ending. But the good news is that America is not ending. What’s ending is the current political era — the New Deal/Great Society/military-industrial complex/foreign adventurism/Big Media reality — that we’ve been in since 1932. All that’s required to banish it is a Republican Party worthy of doing so. The following excerpt from The Revivalist Manifesto addresses the subject.
Author and news commentator Scott McKay contends that what we’re witnessing today is indeed significant, but there is much to be optimistic about.
In 2015, a couple of months before Donald Trump descended that escalator and changed American politics in ways our political establishment has still not sufficiently processed, a historian named James Piereson penned Shattered Consensus: The Rise and Decline of America’s Postwar Political Order. It’s a very underrated piece and an excellent read, and what it details is something all patriots should understand about where we are as a country.
Namely, that we’ve been through most of the things that terrify us before, and we’ve come through them quite well. American society is flexible. It adapts. It flows past problems and makes them irrelevant.
McKay further notes that political upheaval is not that uncommon for our nation.
From a political perspective, when you have a period of upheaval that makes new ideas and practices acceptable to a receptive electorate, that Overton Window shifts and then settles. All the players then calibrate their plays based on the new reality. Any departures from it usually have to be subtle and gradual.
In this current political moment, it is the Democrat Party that is finding its elitist agenda being rejected.
And the polls showing a likely Republican wipeout in the fall of 2022 certainly aren’t a reflection of the popularity of, say, Mitch McConnell or Kevin McCarthy. There isn’t a galvanizing figure driving the GOP’s midterm hopes.
In other words, the Democrat Party that branded itself so long ago as the party of the little guy and the masses now seems to have a nasty habit of generating a popular revolt every time it attempts to use political power to push its agenda.
That, friends, is a spent political force.
Read more at The American Spectator.
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