AMER­I­CAN ZEAL

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Euro­pean and Amer­i­can in­tel­lec­tu­als per­sist in in­sist­ing that the U.S. is “doomed,” wrap­ping their claims in po­lit­i­cally cor­rect talk of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and in­fe­rior Amer­i­can ways. Non­sense, says Michael Ledeen, a scholar with the Foun­da­tion for De­fense of Democ­ra­cies and a Pa­ja­mas Me­dia con­trib­u­tor.

“Here’s my lit­tle mes­sage to the deep thinkers: in this life, there is no fi­nal vic­tory. En­e­mies abound. We de­feated the two mon­ster to­tal­i­tar­ian forces of the 20th cen­tury, and we’re now un­der at­tack from the great ji­hadi to­tal­i­tar­i­ans of the new cen­tury. We can cer­tainly win,” he says. “In the course of that fight we will make lots of mis­takes, and we will have some very bad lead­ers. If we’re up to it, and if we’re lucky, we’ll also get some great lead­ers.”

Mr. Ledeen adds, “As for the moan­ing and keen­ing Repub­li­cans, you’ve got an amaz­ing num­ber of gov­er­nors, and some of them are do­ing spec­tac­u­larly well. The Dems are stuck with New York, Mas­sachusetts, and Cal­i­for­nia, who in­car­nate true blue doc­trines, and are in a mess. Events are likely to demon­strate the fail­ure of blue­ness in this coun­try, as they have abroad. So stick to your prin­ci­ples and don’t try to be ‘more like them.’ No­body needs pseudo-blues, if peo­ple want to vote left, they’ll vote for the real thing, not youpre­tend­ing-to-be-them-ex­cept­cuter.”

Then there’s the real Amer­i­can way.

“There’s plenty of rev­o­lu­tion­ary zeal in Amer­ica, and we are prob­a­bly well into a pe­riod of great un­pleas­ant­ness, do­mes­ti­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. Amer­i­cans love a good chal­lenge. That’s our his­tory,” Mr. Ledeen ob­serves. con­sult opin­ion polls and a Her­itage Foun­da­tion in­dex of “de­pen­dence on government” to de­ter­mine if con­ser­va­tives had rea­son to fret.

“In ef­fect, the 21st-cen­tury ver­sion of class con­flict sets the stage for an ex­cep­tion­ally bit­ter face­off be­tween the left and the right in Congress. The na­tional government is fac­ing the prospect of forced aus­ter­ity, weigh­ing such zero-sum choices as rais­ing cap­i­tal-gains taxes or cut­ting food stamps, slash­ing de­fense spend­ing or re­strict­ing un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fits, es­tab­lish­ing a 15 cents-agal­lon gaso­line tax or push­ing ci­ti­zens off the Med­i­caid rolls, push­ing cen­tral bank pol­icy

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