When it comes to victory, I’m inclined to use Temujin’s1 working definition: “To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of the women.” As such, and despite the full throated lamentations of the progressives and the LSM (but I repeat myself), I find it hard to subscribe to DJ Drummond’s assertion that “We Won” (with regard to the Debt Limit deal) with any great enthusiasm.
I must give DJ props for having clearly stated that:
First, an admission that this is not a complete victory.
Indeed it is not. It was a compromise that pleased no one. Nor is there any surety that it will endure.
The question is what does this compromise mean in the larger context of Big Government versus Limited Government?
Jeffrey Lord at The American Spectator has some thoughts on that matter.
By Jeffrey Lord | The American Spectator
If you’ve read author Malcolm Gladwell’s bestselling classic of a few years back called The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, you will recognize this hush puppy story as Gladwell’s. Along with other seemingly odd topics like Paul Revere’s ride or the sudden drop in the crime rate of the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, Gladwell posited the idea that:
…the best way to understand the emergence of fashion trends, the ebb and flow of crime waves, or, for that matter, the transformation of unknown books into bestsellers, or the rise of teenage smoking, or the phenomena of word of mouth, or any number of the other mysterious changes that mark everyday life is to think of them as epidemics. Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread just like viruses do.
When three characteristics combine — “contagiousness, the fact that little causes can have big effects… (and) that change happens not gradually but at one dramatic moment” — a “tipping point” occurs.
Hush puppy sales take off. Crime falls through the floor. A book sails on to best seller list. Or, as Gladwell also notes, a Boston silversmith’s determination to spread the news of an impending British attack “mobilizes an entire region to arms” and an entire revolution is launched. And so on.
To which, this morning, it must be said after that 269-161 vote in the House last night: America has reached a new Tipping Point.
An epidemic of conservatism is sweeping America. And thanks to the Tea Party, yesterday disgracefully accused of terrorism by Vice President Biden (he the vice president in an administration terrified of calling real terrorists terrorists — seriously!), the country will never be the same again.
He may be right.
Or this may prove transitory.
I think it’s too soon to say with any certainty. I hope for the sake of the Republic and for future generations that he is right, for continuing on the path which Obama, Pelosi, and Reid mapped for us when they held all the reigns of power lands us not in a ditch, but in free fall over the edge of a cliff of financial ruin. We have reached the point that Margaret Thatcher warned of, we have run out of other people’s money.
Mr. Lord continues:
Thanks to the Tea Party movement, Conservatism is on the verge of a major victory that dwarfs the technical and actual realities of whatever the details of the resulting deficit deal passed last night. Yes, there is a long, long way to go. But the idea that America doesn’t, in fact, have to be governed for eternity as a debtor nation with a mammoth, out-of-control, ever-expanding government is winning the day. It is tipping the balance with increasing decisiveness against an idea that has become so much a part of conventional wisdom that even some conservatives, startlingly including, inexplicably, the Wall Street Journal, have displayed the wobblies at the thought of confronting the Leviathan. The WSJ‘s attacks yesterday against Jim DeMint, Michele Bachmann and Sean Hannity, saying “sooner or later the GOP had to give up the hostage” — follows another editorial in which the paper railed against Tea Party members as “hobbits.” The paper, sounding like cranky British Tories in 1775 Boston rather than the bold, forward-looking paper that championed the much-derided ideas of Ronald Reagan, wildly bought into the liberal notion that the Tea Party from Hobbitville is somehow holding the government hostage, instead of the other way around. In fact Big Government liberalism has spent decades holding and trying to hold the average American hostage to all manner of outrageous tax rates, taxes and regulations on everything from capital gains to sex (in Harry Reid’s Nevada) to soda, SUVs and poker.
Let me see if I understand this without drink, drugs or rock and roll: the Wall Street Journal is saying that because Senator DeMint, Congresswoman Bachmann and Sean Hannity are not caving to President Obama — they are insufficiently conservative?
Only if conservatism has morphed into the conservation of political power amongst politicians who have lost touch with their base.
The TEA Party is the long overdue counter to the generation which dropped out, turned on, and tuned out. They have retained their grass roots organization and have mooted the traditional tools of political power. Ailinsky’s rules don’t work nearly as well against a grass roots counterinsurgency as they do against an entrenched power elite, and the LSM has failed in every one of their efforts to dismiss or deride them.
Was the Debt Limit Compromise a victory? Perhaps. It was most certainly a major setback for the progressive institution of Big Government, and to the political capital of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid.
Is this truly a tipping point? Time will tell.
Hat Tip: Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds
1 better known as Ghengis Khan, not to be confused with Conan the Barbarian.