Ahead Of The Curve

As we usually are around here, it appears that we are yet again.

In the post The Chuckie Cheese Generation, we proposed that culture was a greater factor than just demographics:

I’m finding just a shift in demographics hard to swallow as the true political change agent.

I believe that we must also recognize that there is another cultural/sociological challenge at hand.

It appears in the post-election analysis that, once again – and in numbers rivaling those of 2008, the youth vote went overwhelmingly for Obama. This was initially confusing to me as I asked myself this:

Do these people not understand that the full burden of this foray into socialism will fall on them?

Sure, I’m likely to get whacked with higher and confiscatory taxes but my career is in its last trimester. I’ll be 65 in 12 years. It will be the under 30 set that has to shoulder the economic decay that comes with crushing national debt, a universal healthcare system and a burgeoning welfare state that will support my age group and the reduced employment opportunities that come as a result of their decisions today.

Ron Radosh, writing at PJ Media reaches a similar conclusion:

If we can turn away from the elections for a moment, and the future of the Republican Party, a more fundamental problem exists. It is nothing less than the nature of the American culture. By the term “culture,” I am not referring to the social issues that usually come up when one talks about culture wars; i.e., abortion, gay rights, religion, etc. Rather, I am talking about the perception and outlook that stand beneath the way our American public define the very nature of civic life in our democratic capitalist society.

That is why I regularly borrow from the Left, as some astute observers of my previous column noted in some comments, the works of the Italian Communist Antonio Gramsci, and particularly his theory of cultural hegemony. As I wrote in my concluding paragraph, we have to “wage a war of position on the cultural front and to do all possible to challenge the ascension of a failed intellectual liberal ideology, whether it is in the form of Progressivism, liberalism or socialism.” I’m referring to the kind of work Fred Siegel carries out in a new book he has just finished writing, and which I had the pleasure of reading in manuscript form, on the nature of American liberalism. When it is eventually published, I believe it can have the kind of impact that great works of history like Richard Hofstadter’s books had in the 1940s and ’50s.

Siegel shows that from its very inception, liberalism was a flawed ideology whose adherents substituted its would-be virtues as a way of distancing themselves from most Americans and their workaday lives; an ideology based on a view whose believers saw themselves as superior to most Americans, including those who were merchants, workers, or regular folk, who could not be counted on to comprehend the backwardness of their beliefs.

And Jim Geraghty at NRO says that it is time to call off the Republican circular firing squad because Romney only lost the Electoral College majority by 407,000 votes in four states:

On Wednesday, I added up Obama’s margin in a few key states, to get a sense of just how agonizingly short the Romney campaign finished from 270 electoral votes.

Some of those straggling precincts have reported, and so here is an updated set of numbers, according to the results this morning on the New York Times’ results map:

Florida: 73,858

Ohio: 103,481

Virginia: 115,910

Colorado: 113,099

Those four states, with a collective margin of, 406,348 for Obama, add up to 69 electoral votes. Had Romney won 407,000 or so additional votes in the right proportion in those states, he would have 275 electoral votes.

Obama’s margin in some other key states:

Nevada: 66,379

Iowa: 88,501

New Hampshire: 40,659

At this hour, 120,556,279 votes for Obama and Romney have been counted nationwide.

I was thinking about this today before I read Geraghty’s piece – according the Census Bureau, in 2011 we had 311,591,917 people in the US, 23.7% of which were under 18, leaving 237,744,633 people old enough to vote, That means that roughly 50.7% of the voting age population saw fit to vote and out of those, 50.4% voted for Obama or roughly 25.6% of the voting age population decided what America would be.

One quarter of America voted for Marxism and free stuff.

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8 thoughts on “Ahead Of The Curve

  1. Utha,

    While discussing this same issue on his program today, Limbaugh all but came out and said that the Republican leadership is going to see conservative voters as the problem from this point forward. On this, I concur. Thus, it is time for a third Party.

    Lest we forget, a third Party movement is how the GOP came to be in the first place, so I would advise conservatives to reject the false arguments that a third Party represents the end. With the Republican Party deciding to wage war against conservatism, third Party is not “death,” it is the only chance for life.

    • Joe: For sure.

      I see the same thing. The Democrats are pushing this narrative that the Republicans/Conservatives are all but finished. Sadly, I see a lot of people on the right picking up this narrative. Bunch of nonsense. Democrats might have command of the elections, but they are no where close to capturing the true spirit of Americans.

      Conservatives need to just keep doing what is right and stay positive, and lump the nonsense. Keep pushing for that third party. It’s way to early for anyone to tell us it can’t be done.

  2. “an ideology based on a view whose believers saw themselves as superior to most Americans, including those who were merchants, workers, or regular folk, who could not be counted on to comprehend the backwardness of their beliefs.”

    When I was going to college, I found it strange how the instruction was so divorced from reality. I thought, these people need to get in touch with the real world, then they can teach us something valuable. Now I realize, it is their job to be divorced from reality.

    Another thing: has anyone watched cartoons lately? It might explain why teen-agers are acting like two-year-olds.

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