When the Believers Lose Their Faith In The Religion Of Big Government

President Barack Obama’s debate performances could never equal the expectations of the secular faithful. Many on the far left envisioned an American society where religion was about as important to the populace and politically influential as it is in Sweden. The land of the midnight sun has been a great hope to liberals ever since religion began to erode there in the 1950s and abortion became commonplace in the 1960s. Governor Michael Dukakis famously poured over Sweden’s great Welfare state enterprise to see what he might learn, which of course led to his electoral demise in 1988.

With all of his rhetorical skills, President Obama could never make Americans have a come to Pierre Trudeau, Willy Brandt, Jose Luis Zapatero (pick your favorite Western Democratic Socialist) moment like many Americans have a Come to Jesus moment over failings in their lives. Instead of realizing that not everyone can be suckered into buying Big Government swampland, the Left has taken their frustrations out on the President. If only he were talking more about rising and falling oceans and making them believe we are the ones we have been waiting for; the Left attacks the messenger and not the message.

Frank Rich, the New York Times columnist laments about this in a long New York magazine  article. The writer for the Old Gray Lady states the Americans are somehow too dumb to become like Europeans and surrender their lives to government and not God. He sees little hope and concludes the Tea Party will always prevail in the American persona rather than government control. Talk about a brain trust, can you imagine the anti-religious nuggets thrown around the water cooler when Bill Keller, the former New York Times editor was present. You may recall Keller infamously dubbed himself a “Collapsed Catholic,” fortunately reported to us by former Newsweek Religion Editor Kenneth Woodward, who is not Catholic and hardly a friend of conservatives, but a principled man who couldn’t take any more of the Times’ hypocrisy directed at the Church. I would strongly suggest you read this The New York magazine article for if conservatives mouthed these same thoughts about minorities instead of suburbanites and rural residents, we would be blacklisted.

In my just released book, The Catholic Tide Continues to Turn, I note how the Left turned on Al Smith (the first Catholic standard bearer) after he formed the Liberty League in the mid and late 1930s and told Americans he could no longer support President Roosevelt. This startling development occurred after a number of questionable instances came to light including the Supreme Court Packing Case and the Roosevelt 1938 purge of Conservative Democrats. By 1940 unemployment was still at 14% and if had not been for World War II who knows how long unemployment would have remained in double digits.

Perhaps the President’s lackluster and uneven debate performance comes from a man who no longer believes in what he is selling. A study of his life has shown that he has moved on whenever something he holds dear appears to have abandoned him (i.e. life in New York City after making no long lasting relationships, as well as life as a Chicago Community organizer after he was never accepted by the city’s liberal power brokers.)

The Left has morphed into a powerful money machine. It was not so long ago that they lived in VW buses and cramped apartments, roughing it to be “part of the struggle.” Now thanks to the tech boom and the money now spent on the performing arts those days have long gone and the money has come in by leaps and bounds. The first signs of this occurred in England during the 1970. Pink Floyd’s famous album Dark Side of the Moon released in 1973 gave us a look at growing older under the Social Welfare state, gone were the idealism of the 1960s and in came a rather drab reality of central planning. The quintessential line of the song Money, “New car, caviar, four star daydream, guess I’ll buy me a football team,” reminds us that the Left is just as prone to the cult of celebrity as anyone else.

There were lots of rock stars trying to buy English soccer teams, Elton John and Rod Stewart being the most prominent. However when the saw the tax rate, they quickly embraced the Conservative Party’s view on taxes. For all of his loopy far left social views, Elton John was always a conservative on financial issues. He never took part in the 1970s left wing rock star rantings, saying he thought they all sounded ridiculously out of touch with reality.

In my just released book, The Catholic Tide Continues to Turn, I note how Socialist thinker Joseph Schumpter (Shortly after World War II) believed that Socialism could eventually win because Capitalism would give the people all of their material needs while weaning them off religion. Those who early on studied the Fatima messages seemed puzzled as to why the Blessed Mother emphasized how many in a not too distant future would gravitate toward frivolous entertainment. In 1917 outside of a few resorts for the well heeled, along with travelling circuses and medicine show men, few were employed or could make very much of a living off entertainment. Imagine how many people make their living today in the field of entertainment? Now, being one who greatly enjoys sports and music, I would be the last one to say those are unnecessary, but just how many reality shows do we need, and how many people know the exploits of the Karadahsians and other Hollywood celebrities better than they know their faith?

The Left continued to try to move the societal needle and while they have been wildly successful at reshaping society’s social views, their success on the economic front has always been fleeting, which is why President Obama was their literal knight in shining armor. Yet, while many liberal knights have come, they have always returned in defeat no matter how promising the battlefield initially looked. Now the Left surveys the political battlefield and realizes the pathway to 270 electoral votes for the President is increasingly unlikely. Keep in mind no challenger who has had a Gallup percentage of over 50 has ever lost. At this point in 1980 Ronald Reagan sat at 39% in Gallup’s tracking poll.

My article on the demographic and statistical reasons why Governor Mitt Romney will defeat President Obama in Ohio delves into the suburban and rural vote that once went for the Democratic standard bearer, but now seems like a very distant memory. Those like myself whose family recently came from rural and immigrant stock saw little hope in Big Government, which is precisely why so many fled Europe.

Some on the Left see it all slipping away, they will never have the 2008 perfect storm opportunity at least within my lifetime (I am 48 years old.) The September-October surprise of 2008 was an economic collapse in the Western world coupled with an unpopular foreign policy. Add these conditions to the President’s charismatic speeches and his affinity to hang out with pop culture hipsters, and this was all too much for the smitten media to digest. The mainstream media came and still clings to him like as if they were star struck teenagers. However, the homecoming dance is just about over and reality is starting to set in on all sides. The secular temple is increasingly seeing a dearth of attendees and the faithful are not so faithful anymore.

9 Responses to When the Believers Lose Their Faith In The Religion Of Big Government

  • Rozin says:

    1. “President Barack Obama’s debate performances could never equal the expectations of the secular faithful. ”

    They could but only if the polls said he won. The content or reality is not important to the Leftist.

    2. “The writer for the Old Gray Lady states the Americans are somehow too dumb to become like Europeans and surrender their lives to government and not God. ”

    This is so Last Generation. Today’s Leftists have moved on to adoring Castro, Chavez and the Chinese Politburo with a longing look at Islamic jihadists.

    3. “Perhaps the President’s lackluster and uneven debate performance comes from a man who no longer believes in what he is selling.’

    He still believes it but he has always been a lazy goofoff expecting other people to translate his TOTUS talk into stirring deeds.

    4. “The Left has morphed into a powerful money machine.”

    The Leftists only hide beyond populist rhetoric, they always prefer the limousine. And they have always been part of the well to do class.

    5. “Socialist thinker Joseph Schumpter (Shortly after World War II) believed that Socialism could eventually win because Capitalism would give the people all of their material needs while weaning them off religion.”

    Sometimes academics top the Stupid list. He could have seen that Socialism would promptly take away all that Capitalism had provided.

    6. “Some on the Left see it all slipping away, they will never have the 2008 perfect storm opportunity at least within my lifetime.”

    Never underestimate the ability of termites.

  • Once again another informative post Rozin. As I have indicated in previous articles (and perhaps should have for this one,) I have always believed there are two sorts of leftists. The first being the utopians (small in number) they cling to the 1960s as their model. They are the ones I wrote of living at one time in cramped apartments and VW buses. However, the second group (and larger of the two) are the true radicals (often dressed as if they were indeed the man himself) those who adhere to the ideals of the French Revolution and the tactics of Saul Alinsky.

    An electoral loss for the radicals would be devestating, whereas the utopians would take it in stride. In some ways the Utopians still haven’t recovered from Bob Dylan going electric, the end of the Summer of Love, along with the demise of the Eugene McCarthy candidacy.

  • Walter Welborn says:

    I thank you for bringing the new god to the readers attention, I hope more are listing, because our Creator is watching this culture of greed and death spread. Do you think He is going to stand back and not get our attention about almost 4000 babies a day killed in the US out of greed ? Do you think if this continues and other things you have talked about He will allow, not make, something happen that will make 9-11 look like a spark, that will bring us back on our knee’s to Him ? JMJ

  • Pinky says:

    I get the feeling that if I sat down with Frank Rich for ten minutes I could explain politics to him. He understands that political movements adapt, and that predictions of impending ideological collapse are faulty. But he doesn’t apply that to his own thinking, that the moderate Republican is disappearing and that Republicans can’t win women or minorities.

    You don’t have to be a fortune-teller to see that in a two-party system, each party is always going to present itself as nearly in the middle but a bit over to one side. On a four-mile stretch of road, the best position for one gas station is at the two-mile marker. The best position for a rival gas station is at just about the two-mile marker, but a little up or down the road (to be the closest gas station for 50% of the market). Three or more gas stations, there are different strategies, but with two it’s inevitable. The same is true with politics.

  • Benjamin Holmes says:

    Being a faithful Catholic means being neither Left nor Right. Sure, we are to reject the extreme statism of the Far Left, but we must also equally oppose Ayn Rand atheistic capitalism, which is nothing more than libertarian anarchy. Both ideologies challenge and contravene Catholic faith and morals.

    God bless for this terrific article!

  • Benjamin Holmes says:

    One question as to the role of Big Government and consistent ideology. The author presumably opposes abortion in all forms and promotes the abolition of that sinister practice. I concur. How would the author go about achieving this goal? Would it be through the use of Government to interject itself in the medical field and forcibly ban abortion?

    So, if it is acceptable to prevent the deaths of the unborn through the use of Big Government, why is it also not acceptable to utilize the power of government to prevent deaths of living people outside of the womb, vis a vis health care reform?

  • Benjamin a very interesting question with regard to the role of government. The single most important role of government is to protect her citizens. We naturally think of a foreign invasion, or a terrorist attack (The War of 1812, or 9-11-01.) However, we don’t have to go to far into the realm of history to see an era when lawlessness had the nation living in fear. For example, because of Prohibition outlaws were roaming the countryside (John Dillinger, Ma Barker, Pretty Boy Floyd) because the cities were teaming with mobsters shooting it out over liquor territory. Law enforcement, much like their current compatriots in Mexico, were hopelessly outgunned. Something had to be done, which is why J Edgar Hoover established the FBI.

    In our modern era, though there are far fewer abortions (Thank God due to the relentless efforts of pro-life forces) somewhere between 1-2 million of our citizens are killed in abortion facilities. The Constitution established the courts to administer the laws and law enforcement to enforce the laws. Once Roe has properly run her course (it was wrongly argued and established in the first place) the courts and law enforcement will remedy the situation.

    As for Government Health Care, this is not promised by our forefathers, as was Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. If one says the government is responsible for you being happy one could argue health care could make you happy, or some illegal vice. Does that mean the government should provide you with that as well? This is a slipperly slope. The Catholic Church has always said health care is a right, but they never said it was a right to be provided for by the government. In the Renaissance era, the elite of the Church would provide hospital space for the poor and indigent. We should be our brothers keeper, not the state.

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