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
All gone: Conservative talk-radio titan Rush Limbaugh fears that with the re-election of President Obama “we’ve lost the country.”