Posted at Lucianne.com this morning, an article from American Thumper, I mean, American Thinker:
America’s GreatnessHow about that? William Gensert believes that the only serious problems facing America come from Obama, and that if a Republican were in the White House our future as a nation would automatically be rosy. I thought that thinking Republicans and mainstream conservatives had abandoned such simplistic, partisan thinking, especially in the wake of the Bush years. Supposedly they had realized that Republicans have been part of the problem, as in the House Republicans’ support for the huge expansion of government entitlements under Bush. But no, American Thinker keeps posting articles by authors whose intellectual life as conservatives seems to have begun yesterday, and who thus believe that America’s decline began with Obama’s election, making any reliable progress beyond the kindergarten stage of conservative understanding impossible.
This type of delusional triumphalism is mindboggling. For example, Gensert writes this about present day Russia:LA replies:
He does point out correctly how the predictions in recent decades that various countries were about to become number one did not pan out, and that the same thing is likely to happen now with China. But the fact that other countries’ prospects have been hyped does not mean that America is not in serious trouble.Sage McLaughlin writes:
The headline reads, “America’s Greatness Will Defeat Obama.” Left unexplained is what happened to America’s greatness back in November of 2008. Did it take a vacation? Did we forget about it? And how did that happen if we were living under a non-Obama presidency, in fact a Republican one?LA replies:
Your comment with its rhetorical questions about America’s mysteriously missing greatness (“Did it take a vacation? Did we forget about it?”) echoes the opening of Nietzsche’s “God is dead” parable in The Gay Science:
Posted by Lawrence Auster at December 28, 2011 10:39 AM | Send