Skip to comments.Is Democracy Another God that Failed?
Posted on 05/27/2014 6:35:10 AM PDT by Kaslin
On Memorial Day weekend, scores of thousands of bikers arrived here for their annual Rolling Thunder tribute to America's veterans, especially those lost in our wars or left behind.
But this year the tribute has been sullied by a squalid scandal in the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Sick vets seeking medical care at the Phoenix VA hospital were put on waiting lists, but never got to see a doctor. Dozens died. Then waiting lists were altered to make it appear that VA staffers had not failed in their duty to provide the vets access to care in the required 14 days. Some vets suffered for months before dying.
There is truly something rotten in the state.
But, rest assured, this scandal of deceit, dishonor and betrayal is not going to go away soon.
For unlike Benghazi and the IRS scandals, the major media are looking into how widespread was this practice of denying care to vets and doctoring waiting lists to lie about what was done, and not done, at the VA hospitals. And as this is both an easily understood and deeply emotional issue, the public is fully engaged.
Our commander in chief wisely used his weekend to visit our troops in Afghanistan. But between Memorial Day and June 6, when the president speaks at Normandy on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, this metastasizing scandal is going to bleed his administration.
And this crisis gripping the second largest Cabinet department underscores a larger truth.
The core belief of liberalism, the political philosophy that has guided the Democratic Party since FDR's New Deal -- that competent, caring, compassionate government is the instrument best suited to addressing America's social disorders -- is being fatally undermined.
The VA hospitals are supposed to represent the best in quality care for those we owe the most. They are America's example to the world of government-run health care and a single-payer system that liberals have championed for decades.
Does anyone still believe that universal health care modeled on the VA is what we want for America?
Looking around, America's public sector appears to be everywhere in crisis.
Before the VA scandal we had the rollout of Obamacare, the disastrous results of which were so unanticipated and adverse they could cost the Democratic Party control of the Senate in November.
Democrats point to Social Security and Medicare as the ideal of what a caring, compassionate and competent government can do.
But what has Big Government accomplished lately?
In the new century, we have fought our two longest wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Are the results worth the lost blood and treasure?
Or are the results of our interventions the reasons why Americans want to stay out of Syria and Ukraine?
Perhaps the largest of all government programs is education.
Yet despite the trillions of dollars plunged into public education at the local, state and federal levels from the Great Society to No Child Left Behind to Race to the Top, U.S. test scores continue to plummet in international competition and the gap between black and Hispanic and Asian and white continues to persist.
To bring up test scores, we have seen the dumbing down of tests and rampant cheating by principals and teachers erasing and changing answers for students in school districts including D.C. and Atlanta.
Corrupt conduct by those charged with instructing America's children in the moral superiority of democratic government.
Is not the charter school movement a vote of no confidence in a school system that was once the pride of the nation?
The sub-prime mortgage scandal, which almost plunged us into a second Great Depression, was a product of Big Government.
And despite five trillion in federal deficits under Obama, and a Fed policy of pumping endless trillions into the banks, U.S. growth in the first quarter flatlined, and has been anemic for years.
The bankruptcy of Detroit, the downgrades of public debt in Illinois, Puerto Rico and New Jersey -- were they not all caused by the political class that runs state governments?
Yes, there are well-run VA hospitals, outstanding public schools, and state and local governments that are magnets for business. And government has accomplished goals in which all of us take pride.
NASA put our astronauts on the moon. After Pearl Harbor, Washington led America to victory in less than four years. But lately government's failures seem to outnumber its successes.
Republicans rightly view with alarm demographic trends showing their core constituencies shrinking and the Democrats' rising.
But Democrats should also take heed. For declining confidence in government's ability to solve America's problems, which is likely to be translated into Republican gains in Congress this year, represents a declining faith in the Democratic idea that government is the answer.
In the last century, communism was The God That Failed.
It should be a cause for concern that in the new century the god that appears to be failing is American democracy.
Oh, gosh, what a ridiculous notion.
No, it’s another example of the weakness, and corrupt nature of humans.
I believe Ben Franklin defined democracy as two wolves and a sheep taking a vote on what should be eaten for dinner.
Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what’s for dinner.
That’s why we are a Republic.
How does that quote about the definition of insanity go?
We aren’t being failed by our type of government. We are being failed by the government we are dumb enough to elect. Constituencies that see a handout as the function of government. Democrats obviously crave being in power more than a strong country because they do everything they can to ensure their constituencies stay on the plantation. The only cross purpose they work towards is ensuring as many poor women get sbortions as possible.
Lie. The disastrous adverse results were FULLY anticipated, both by the right and the far left.
What failed is the millions of Americans who put their heads up their anal exit passageways and refused to see what’s going on and elected 0bama.
I have spent most of my life disparaging FDR for among other things his running for (and winning) the Presidency four times. FDR died in 1944 and we have not won a war since.I am starting to wonder if maybe he knew that a new president from a different party would find a way out of WWll. Anyway out. Just as has happened every time since. Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan. No way of knowing, but the thought is interesting. At least to me.
Ha! We both thought of the exact same quote!
The success or failure of democracy depends on the people. Tocqueville’s study of the American people revealed some necessary characteristics - which are strikingly lacking in American society today.
Democracy hasn’t failed. But holding it up as a god, and relying on it to save us, we ourselves have failed.
“Democracy” is one of those terms that changes meaning with the user, and depending on the circumstances in which it is applied.
What are called “democracies” are in many instances a sufficiently cowed majority who have found themselves doing the bidding of a largely self-appointed oligarchy, while a pretense of seeking the “popular support” is used as cover for really highly preferential treatment for the few. By that definition, the Islamic world is perhaps the epitome of “democracy”, except for the rather nasty reality of how dissent is handled. Usually resulting in death or slavery for the resisters or uncommitted. However, pretty much a “level playing field” for the favored few.
“Democracy” is coterminous with “equality”, and applied with similarly disastrous results.
Some animals are more equal than others.
We were a republic, strong and successful.
We the people became satiated, apathetic, uninvolved.
The Frankfurt School planted their cancer cells here.
The schools, unions, parties and media got infected.
It is now metastasized and killing America.
Only radical surgery may save America.
Is the title conflating democracy and republicanism again?
First, Nathan's Maxim: the remedy for failed socialism is seldom a free-market solution but invariably more socialism.
Thus, as we see the grand promises of the left disintegrating in healthcare, education, and the economy in general, we should understand that the left will not be abashed by its failures, rather its failures will cause the left only to redouble their efforts to impose more controls, more regulation, more socialism.
Second, there is a branch of American leftism, obviously headed by Barack Obama himself, which adheres to the Saul Alinsky Cloward-Piven Frankfurt School- theory for bringing us to utopia: crash the system. It is only naïve to believe that many who control the Democrat party today want anything other than economic, cultural, and political disintegration. We can pay attention to their words or we can watch their actions and their actions have no rational explanation other than to precipitate a radical and rapid "transformation" of America. Parallel actions in foreign affairs reinforced this conclusion. The determined purpose of flooding America with illegal immigrants has more to it then merely filling the polls with Democrat voters, it means to precipitate the breakdown of the system.
I do not allege that all Democrats or even all leftists entertain these dark motives, but when the commander-in-chief has a biography that speaks only of his communist credentials, one must draw the obvious conclusions for him and for those who adhere closely to him.
Schadenfreude is to be enjoyed but for the passing moment because the crisis is about to come. The Democrats have unleashed economic forces which they cannot control and are indifferent to but those consequences are inescapable and their reckoning, not just economic but cultural and political as well, cannot be forever evaded.
While "democracy" has failed, whatever Pat wants to replace it with will be just as bad. Only submitting to the Laws of G-d can save this country and this world.
Counterpoint to Tom Friedman who loves to talk about the efficiency of China - because it is a dictatorship Tom. Why don’t you mention that?
Democracies always end in tyranny. The more we become a democracy, the closer we get to that end.
The question has been asked, “What is the end result of the votes of 150 million sinners?”
For those who don’t know, the title of the piece is an allusion to The God That Failed, a 1949 book which collects together six essays with the testimonies of a number of famous ex-communists, who were writers and journalists. The common theme of the essays is the authors’ disillusionment with and abandonment of communism.