Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Where Did The Adults Go?

There was a time when the Democratic Party was run by adults. Even as little as 6-8 years ago.

Not anymore.

Where did they all go?

I ask this because, being the political junkie that I am, I look what has happened over the past five years (including this campaign season and the 2008 campaign) and can only conclude that the Democratic Party is now being run by a bunch of children.

I am not alone in thinking (this includes people throughout the political spectrum) that had Hillary Clinton been the President of the United States (yes, she would have beaten McCain handily), we wouldn't be in half the messes we are right now.  No, I would not have voted for her - but I would not have this nagging feeling that we are headed down an irreversible path that will render this country unrecognizable should we stay on said path.

The Democratic Party has fashioned itself as the party of "the little guy" - although its wholesale support for abortion has sort of turned that away, and while that label may have been true from the New Deal through the Great Society, increasingly in the past forty years it has become the party of grievance, victimhood, and identity politics.

Even when I was kid, the Democratic Party could at least maintain the appearance of being for the little guy and for "social justice".  That is no more - it is now a party of dependence, free stuff, and consequence-free action; in other words, a party for teenagers and kids.

Victimology is for children; dependency is for children.  We have been told, according to the proverb, that when life hands you a lemon, make lemonade.  The current incarnation of the Democratic Party tells us to bitch about the lemon and call life racist/sexist/homophobic/insult du jour for doing so. Unfortunately, the children are now in charge and the adults are nowhere to be found.

This didn't happen overnight - it has been happening for over forty years (1968 would be the first rumblings of it), but there had always been enough adult supervision within the party to counteract the childishness that emanated from within,

In 2008, the children (aided by a media that would embarrass even a high school newspaper writer) won, first in the primary season against Hillary Clinton, and then in the general election against John McCain, who was perhaps the worst candidate from either party since Adlai Stevenson in 1956.  Yes, even worse than Barry Goldwater, George McGovern, Walter Mondale, or Bob Dole.  The kids were now in charge, and the promises of transformation were made.


Governing is an adult enterprise - it involves compromise, it involves tough decisions. Idealism tends to go by the wayside, and reality sets in, except for the current administration, that is.  They continued to act as children would act, only looking out for their own interests, protecting themselves at all costs (even to the point of using coverups - Benghazi and Fast and Furious come to mind), and never being interested in any kind of greater good.  That is, for all Americans, regardless of social standing, race, party affiliation, and the like.

We are now in a campaign season once again, and childishness has once again taken center stage in the Democratic Party and in President Obama's re-election chances.  The problem they have encountered is that they have to run a campaign against an adult in the person of Mitt Romney (warts and all) and the differences between children and adults have become stark. And nowhere is the contrast being made more than in some of the advertisements put out by either the campaign itself, or pro-Obama organizations.  I want to share three in particular.

The first is an ad by HBO actress Lena Dunham comparing voting to losing one's virginity...

Exploitation at it's finest.  I would bet my last dollar that President Obama would not let his own daughters watch this advertisement.  Even without the double entendres involved, it's pathetic to appeal to people voting for a candidate just on the ability to give you more free stuff.  As if the whole campaign is about pills any woman can purchase at a local box store pharmacy for ten bucks, or for the unfettered right to kill one's unborn child.  So, women, how do you feel about being reduced to your sexual organs?  This is what feminism has become? If that is the case...feminism is dead! Long live feminism!

The second ad doesn't exploit women, but exploits actual children.  It is a bit creepy and weird to see, but as one of liberalism's main features is projection, it shouldn't be too surprising...

Blame mom and dad!  Of course, looking at the kids, none of them look like they have a want for anything - they are all looking in good health.  So what gives?  It's the attitude of blame America for all the evils and the actual belief that the opposition wants dirty air and water. Like I said below in the post about health care - means is usually the argument, not ends. However, with advertisements like this, it is clear that the people responsible for it cannot be reasoned with and thus must be defeated.

The third and final ad is just straight mental illness writ large on screen from MoveOn.org, the same PAC that brought you George Bush = Adolf Hitler (Warning - this is NOT safe for work)...  

Riiiiight,  The opposition steal elections.  

Like this?

Or this?

Or this?

I just wonder who this ad is going to actually convince, and whether people think talking about "burning the motherf*ck*r down" and "cockpunching" Mitt Romney is actually funny. Actually, kids would find it funny.  Adults on the other hand...

What does this all come down to, honestly?  The answer is that the children have had four years of play time and it has become clear that they have broken the toys.  Consider...

- Trillion dollar deficits
- Failed massive stimulus (sharing money with union buddies)
- Health care overhaul that will raise prices and kill off the health care system
- Lowest workforce in many years
- Decreased amount in household incomes

And yet, they run ads promising free pills and abortions, blaming mom and dad, and how old people want to punch Mitt Romney in the nuts.  Why?  Take it away, President Obama:

"...if you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters. If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things."

Poetic justice can be a very ugly thing.  Kids don't like being reminded of their flaws and their words.  Adults don't either, but the reaction is very different.  If the adults get back in charge of the Democratic Party, then there is hope.  Should President Obama lose re-election, I foresee a very ugly civil war on the horizon within the party.  Interesting that it should come after predictions of 40 years in the wilderness for the opposition.

But will it happen?  

I don't know.  But it will be interesting to find out.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the wonderful "Wake the f*** up" ad!


Classy, and refreshing.