Optimistic Pessimism Just Doesn’t Fly

Assigned Reading: Democrats Jarred by Drop in Fundraising
(FROM: The Washington Post)

With its analysis that big Democratic Party donors have been put off by the Obama administration’s rhetoric against big business and with the Democratic Party’s War on Success and Prosperity in general, I think that the Washington Post is right on. Diagnosing the malady affecting the masses as complacency, however, seems a little too optimistic to me.

Complacency in itself suggests that, upon being properly excited and motivated, the rank-and-file supporters of the Democratic Party will be there once again, checkbook in hand. I don’t think it’s that simple.

Some of them, I’m sure, were first-time political donors who dealt with their own race-related insecurities by getting excited for the first black president. Those are the folks who won’t necessarily vote Democrat in 2010 without Barack Obama at the top of the ticket, and perhaps may not vote that way in 2012 either, with the sheen taken off of The One’s presidency and the tarnish setting in. Most of those rank-and-file supporters, however, are folks who have voted Democrat for years because it was the party of John F. Kennedy, or because their parents told them to. Those folks didn’t sign up for nuclear disarmament. Those folks didn’t sign up for a justice-driven, detente-at-all-costs approach to foreign policy. Those folks didn’t want to own a car company. And, sure, they might have thought that the American health care system needed tweaking, but certainly didn’t sign up for government takeover, for rationing of care, and for debt that would burden their children and their children’s children.

The Democrats are a party in trouble. The inmates have taken over the asylum. And the more they push, the more they try to advance via force an agenda four decades in the making, the more the everyday, rank-and-file Americans who value freedom and fear totalitarianism will push back.

That, friends and neighbors, is what you’re seeing here. Not mere complacency. The Democrats pushed for “change” in 2008 — now, it seems, that’s all they’re going to get.

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  1. John Feeny says:

    I know it's off topic, but I felt it necessary…

    a moment of silence.

    228 yrs today, September 28, 1781, Washington & 17,000 French & Continentals begin siege of Cornwallis at Yorktown http://bit.ly/8sPrW

  2. Rix says:

    Do not worry. Whatever money Democrats need to run in 2010 and 2012 will be readily made available from union coffers, banking, legal and pharmaceutical industry's accounts and the contributions of the urban poor (courtesy of welfare tax paid by conservative taxpayers) fighting for their "first true-black president". The remaining $600 million will be funneled through anonymous $200 credit card donations. It is, after all, pocket change for the likes of Saudi king and George Soros.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Sowing and Reaping.

  4. DELTA KRAPPA KRAPPA says:

    ANIMAL HOUSE White House.
    You dues are due.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I've learned just how anonymous and portable those "gift cash cards" can be after reading how many were used to contribute millions of untraceable dollars to Obama's campaign.

    I'm going to use them at my business instead of any end of the year bonuses. If done correctly there will be no tax burden on either employee or employer.

  6. JEFF SCHREIBER says:

    Internal Revenue Code Section 102 provides that an employee "shall … not exclude from gross income any amount transferred by or for an employer to, or for the benefit of, an employee."

    And that's just the one section I thought of off the top of my head. The friggin tax code is enormous.

    Be careful.

  7. CHARLIE RANGEL says:

    Jeff,
    the code does not have to be followed, silly.

  8. Gail B says:

    Thanks for helping us to stay honest, Jeff!

    Now, what can you do for the progressive Democrats?

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