Spoiled Brats

Eugene Robinson: Americans are spoiled brats.

The Beltway

In The Washington Post, Eugene Robinson (one of the more reliable anti-White columnists) slams the American people for acting like “a bunch of spoiled brats.” They voted for change, says Robinson, but have since become impatient with its pace.

Clearly, that is why the Tea Party emerged. It is why the Democrats are going to be wiped out in November. Americans are having a “temper tantrum” because Barack Obama hasn’t spent enough money or expanded the federal government fast enough for their tastes.

The proof of this is that the Democratic Party has a 33 percent favorable rating while the Republican Party has a 24 percent favorability rating. Yet registered voters have given the GOP an unprecedented lead in the generic ballot.

If the Republicans are even more unpopular than the Democrats, why are Democrats set to lose their House majority and possibly the Senate as well? Maybe Americans are just a bunch of ignorant reactionary bigots who are lashing out because their leaders always to live up to their unreasonable expectations?

That is a comforting Blue illusion which is common knowledge in the Beltway. I think Angelo Codevilla had the more compelling explanation.

Revolt of the Masses

Americans are fed up with having to choose between Coke and Pepsi in every election cycle. They have grown tired of this shell game. The relative unpopularity of the GOP is less significant than the fact that neither the Republicans or the Democrats command the respect of the American majority.

Paradoxically, the surge in support for the GOP is explained by the fact that only 1/4th of Republican voters say that Republican officeholders represent them well. In contrast, most Democratic voters (a significant portion of whom are non-Whites) are satisfied with their elected officials.

Of the two major parties, the Republican Party is weaker than the Democratic Party. It is the junior partner in the ruling class. What we are seeing is an attempt by frustrated White conservatives and independents – the “Country Class” or “Red America” – to hijack the GOP, purge the Blue leadership, and transform it into a vehicle for asserting their interests.

That is why the attack is being waged on two fronts: against establishment Republicans like Bob Bennett (R-Utah), Arlen Specter (R-PA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), John McCain (R-AZ) and Charlie Crist (R-FL) and against the Democrats like Harry Reid (D-NV) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) who represent the Blue elite.

In a shell game, you can create a third shell, or take possession of the second shell. In the 1990s, White Americans attempted to create a third shell with Ross Perot and the Reform Party, but that experiment ended in failure. Now they are going with the latter option.

1994 vs. 2010

2010 is not a repeat of 1994.

There wasn’t a Tea Party in 1994. The economy wasn’t falling into a depression. There are millions of more illegal aliens in United States. America didn’t have a black president who raised expectations and arrived in office as a near messiah figure. That was near the beginning of NAFTA, Wal-Mart, offshoring, and outsourcing.

The most important difference between 1994 and 2010 is that the GOP has utterly lost its credibility. The polls clearly show this election is not about the usual partisan sniping. The Republicans are going to return to office with targets on their back.

In 1994, the GOP captured the House of Representatives for the first time since 1954. It was plausible to argue in those days that throwing out the Democrats would be sufficient to reverse our national decline. No one believes that anymore.

Not with George W. Bush, Trent Lott, and Dennis Hastert in the rearview mirror.

An important difference between 2010 and 1994 is that the economy is not going to rebound this time. There isn’t going to be an Obama boom like the Clinton boom years when the federal government ran up a budget surplus.

There have been several recessions since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which marks the beginning of post-national America, but nothing like the economic decline we are experiencing today. We are now officially in the “bust phase” of American civilization.

The bust is only going to get worse in the years ahead. Entitlements like Medicare and Social Security are lurking out there. The Baby Boomers are now starting to retire. Western Europe is set to plunge into decline when its demographic timebomb explodes.

Peak Oil is also still lurking out there. We are now sixteen years closer to that date with destiny. We are also woefully unprepared to deal with such a crisis. If the last two decades are any indication of America’s likely trajectory, the transition is highly unlikely to be a smooth one.

“Spoiled Brats”

The “spoiled brats” that Eugene Robinson deplores are responding to the “bust” of their nation and the bankruptcy of established institutions. They are attempting to create new institutions out of the wreckage of old ones.

It is always in times of emergency when politics get interesting.

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One Response to Spoiled Brats

  1. This might be the end of the Pendulum Cycle between the GOP and Democratic Party. The former is quickly losing credibility and popularity as your article demonstrated; and a Browner Florida, Texas, and America will make it impossible for the Republican Party to win another Presidential Election.

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