…and if polls are to be believed (and I don’t see why not) then Terry McAuliffe is going to be our governor for the next four years. Good news is that governors in this state are limited to one 4 year term. There is no need for doomsday rhetoric. We will survive.
One of the matters that has been bothering me over the past few months is the doomsday rhetoric that is increasing in conservative ranks. One of them is Ted Cruz, who said the following at the Values Summit last week:
“We’re nearing the edge of a cliff, and our window to turn things around, my friends, I don’t think it is long. I don’t think it is 10 years. We have a couple of years to turn the country around or we go off the cliff to oblivion.”
A couple of years??? I mean, I’m not here to deny that we have many problems (we certainly do) but two years until we go off the cliff?? Some of the professional conservatives, like Glenn Beck, are hawking doomsday products and encouraging people to buy gold (while he stocks up on greenbacks).
And even if there is a Cruz presidency, he still has to work with Congress to repair the damage – unless he is talking about taking some extra-constitutional emergency measures because we are going over the cliff. He seems to be trying to build a similar cult of personality around himself as that of Obama in 2008. (“Oh please save us Ted!“)
I DO believe that a day is coming when the federal gov’t will be forced to dramatically cut spending (all of it, including military) and as a result we will experience some convulsions (especially here in the DC area where the economy is highly dependent on the Leviathan across the river). As I have stated before, I think that will mean that regular folk will have to step up where the gov’t steps out. Churches and other civic organizations will have to go back to their traditional roles in such an event. It might mean that our homes will be worth less. It might mean a simpler lifestyle. It may mean that you and several neighbors have to move to find work. It might mean that Loudoun County will no longer have the highest median income. It will be painful, but I won’t go as far as to say that the entire system will collapse on itself. That type of rhetoric only scares people and makes them more unyielding in their sense of urgency.
Likewise, I don’t like Terry McAuliffe, I will not vote for him, and I hope he loses, but I also realize that he will be gone in 2017 and the system in place will hopefully mitigate whatever damage he does.
I think that it is time for a serious self-examination within conservative circles and not just on tactical grounds. We are supposed to have respect for perspective. I also wish that Republican politicians would level with their constituents and tell them just how dependent they are on government spending and tell them what they need to do to prepare for the cuts that they are calling for (and likely will happen at some point in the future). Instead, everyone seems to think that it is someone else that is getting all the money.