Damn, but you've nailed it perfectly.
That very perception, on the part of millions of people, is what is propelling the Tea Party and the conservative revolution forward, and is precisely why the Democrats were slaughtered across the country on November 2nd.
Yet, despite the clearest communication delivered to a political party in nearly a century, the Democrats continue to push forward toward their Progressive Utopia.
At least at the national level, the Democrats are committing political suicide. Apparently, their destructive leftist agenda is more important to them than the very survival of their party. Two years from now, I expect for them to be a historically small minority in Congress.
We will also have a Republican president, and at that point, we can finally begin dismantling the gargantuan statist monster they've created.
I honestly admire your optimism. I don’t share it, but that’s my natural tendency.
What we have here, is a race.
One side is the current regime; working assiduously to impoverish in the present tense and deplete in aspiration enough people so that a voting majority will beg the government for their salvation. On the other side are people who have never dreamed of asking the government for their viability. The finish line is November 2012. If the country as a whole goes the way of California it will be all over, signed, sealed and delivered. If not, the threat does not go away. Nor will the outlook be resolved unless the outcome is as you posit. I don’t underestimate the other side knowing very well how close they are. This is what they do: Push hard, back off, push again, back off. What I’m saying is that I don’t see the ‘10 election necessarily as a “trend”, only established with one data point. It could be the left’s signal that they have to shift their demolition into high gear. And frankly, the economy is in a state where it can be easily cratered. Especially if it’s to be wrecked on purpose.
Except for its people, the institutions of the US feel like a dying animal, utterly infected by corruption and cronyism in every sector, with every insider fighting for the last scraps of meat off the barely-alive but seriously wounded beast.
I claim no insight as to which side will win. Ordinarily, I would be in the “America always figures out a way to come back” camp, but maybe “this time it’s different”.
The bottom line, as far as I am concerned, is that the other side understands that there are enough people who can be made so miserable that they will beg the government for their very survival and will vote for those who promise to hand out that survival. It won’t matter how many promises have been proven to be lies at that point. Why would it; it’s already practically 100%! The folks in that position aren’t gonna be thinking about no Constitution thingy. They’ll want a story and the left will give them one, printed out on their food stamp booklets. We Conservatives may very well have won this last battle but I would suggest that the other side can muck things up lots more in the time they have remaining. And I absolutely believe this is their modus.
So, half full/half empty.