The Democratic Vision Looks Like Europe Of Today
Yesterday Hillary Clinton formally announced her New York Senate campaign and predicted that Democrats will win every major political office in that state and "What will that look like?". What would that be like? For a look into a liberal future-world, let's turn to Europe---the necessary conclusion of Leftist programs.
As Victor Davis Hanson describes:
[T]he general European discomfort could be summed up best as the following: Why hasn't the good life turned out the way we wanted it to? England, France and Germany are upping their retirement ages and/or planning pension cuts. They have given up the dream that workers in the future can quit at 55 - or even 65!...
The enemies of Europe's past - responsible for everything from Verdun and Dresden to a constant threat of mutually assured destruction - were identified as nationalism and militarism. Meanwhile, at home, Europeans cited cutthroat competition and unbridled individualism as additional contributory causes of the prior strife and unhappiness.
So in response to the errors of the past, Europeans systematically expanded the welfare state. They welcomed in immigrants. Politicians slashed defense spending, lowered the retirement age and cut the workweek. Voters demanded trade barriers to protect the public from the ravages of globalization. Either to enjoy the good life or to save the planet, couples forswore children.
But instead of utopia, unintended consequences ensued. Unemployment soared. Dismal economic growth, shrinking populations and a scarier world outside their borders followed.
Hanson thinks the only shot at redemption is for a stalwart soul to stand up and speak the truth immediately. This fictional Ronald Reagan:
... is going to have to inform the European public: Work much harder and longer for less money; defend the continent on your own; move out of mama's house and start changing diapers - and from now on expect far less from the state. Who knows what the reaction will be to that splash of cold water?
Because I have little faith that Europeans have such a man or the strength for a manly response to a severe enemy and a harsh world, through the softening feminization of their socialist nanny states, I suggest that people get their tickets now, this year, for a grand Euro vacation. Give it 10 years and it will be useful as a more scenic and temperate alternative to Mecca. Pilgrimage anyone?