Many of us have commented in the past that the Democratic base seems inordinately composed of "low information" sorts, the lazy, and the seekers of hand-outs. When it comes to what is happening in the USA, they seem much like many Europeans I have met: their "information" about America comes from movies, TV "infotainment," urban legends, random Google searches, celebrity tweeters, and just chit-chat. They have a stunning ignorance of American history and of the values that drove the creation of this country. They are, in the main, composed of, as Ann Coulter has noted, stupid single women who want the government as their husband; the legions of stupid "highly educated" college students and grads generated by the education industry who want the government as their daddy; lawyers and government workers who want the government as their rich uncle; and a clump of "47 percenters," including legal and illegal aliens (yes, they do vote) who want the government as Santa Claus. To demonstrate the "low information" nature of these voters one need only note that, with the possible exception of federal government workers, all of them are worse off now than they were six years ago, but likely would vote for The O again, and almost certainly will vote for whomever the Democrat machine vomits out in 2016. These are what technically is known as the stooopid voters; they are the infantry of liberalism; they are what it needs to keep occupying and transforming the country into something which the founders never would recognize. Liberalism, in short, needs stupidity to thrive, and stupidity is what we get from the main bastions of liberalism such as universities, Hollywood, and the media.
The liberals insist that the country is the government and vice-versa, at least when they run it, and when they don't, well then, they have folks such as Bill Ayers. The liberals have gone from bombing the government to running it; from desecrating the flag to now wrapping themselves in it and insisting that it stands for the government; from resisting the government to using it to transform permanently our country. As I noted before (and here), and pardon the repetition, that is what we find at the core of scandals such as Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS and AP. We see an attitude that the government is the tool of liberalism, and that anything done, e.g., lie, in the name of defending the liberal orthodoxy is fair and above reproach. Notice, for example, how quickly the Obamistas fall back on the "I-take-great-offense-at-your-question" (latest example here) when on the rare occasion a journalist strays from the liberal script.
I wish I could end on a more uplifting or even humorous note. I can't. The struggle we face is a long and hard one; it is not, as I have noted before, just about cutting the size of government, although that would help, it is about recasting government's role in our lives; it is about moving government from being the star player to being an background extra, or maybe an amiable sidekick. As I wrote before,
there is a relatively small window in which to undo vast expansions of government power--the window on Obamacare is still open, but not for long. When, therefore, GOP politicians speak of reforming or otherwise greatly modifying already accepted programs such as Social Security, Medicare, etc., they must do so with great care. In theory, we are all against "free stuff," in practice, however, well . . . hard to resist.
The solution for the GOP, and the way to win voters from thus-far resistant groups, is to become libertarian with an asterisk--in some areas, I admit, a pretty large asterisk. Many libertarian concepts can be repackaged and given a glossy "progressive" sheen. The GOP goal should be a government in which 95%-98% of the time it makes no difference to the average American citizen who is president. The US President should matter more to foreigners than to Americans. Except for foreign policy, national defense, times of national crisis, and providing a very broad economic vision, it should not matter who controls the White House.We are a long way from that . . . .