Is a “Two-State Solution” Our Only Hope?
Stanley Kurtz provides a likely summation of what is in store in Obama’s second term.
What would that be? Obama’s first term.
That’s because the president’s first term hasn’t really happened yet, at least not in the conventional sense. Ordinarily, a president enacts various policies in his first term, the public test-drives the changes, and the president’s reelection campaign is a referendum on those new policies. The difference in Obama’s case is that in order to secure reelection, he has backloaded nearly all of his most transformative and controversial changes into a second term. Obama’s next term will actually put into effect health-care reform, Dodd-Frank, and a host of other highly controversial policies that are already surging through the pipeline yet still barely known to the public.
I don’t think even Machiavelli thought of that.
Obama’s transformative changes to date have been far more theory than practice. While reelection may bring sullen public acceptance when Obama’s most controversial policies actually take effect, the reverse is equally possible.
Sullen acceptance or … revolt?
Once people actually begin to experience de facto health-care rationing, for example, they might get even angrier than they were in 2009–2010, when rationing was only a prospect. The same principle applies to a host of other issues (cap-and-trade via regulation, financial regulations, comprehensive immigration reform, national school curricula, urban-suburban policy). And this time, the public could be angered not only by the policies, but by growing recognition that actual enactment of Obama’s agenda was delayed for political purposes.
History tells us the Russian masses didn’t do so well on this count as totalitarian government burgeoned around them. Russian dissenters, of course, had the firing squad and Gulag to worry about. We face no such threat. Further, Russian dissenters didn’t have a history of liberty behind them. Our dissenters, however, have had their faith in our history of liberty shaken by at least three-quarters of a century of Marxist conditioning; they have become overwhelmed, also co-opted, by the soft-focus-Marx-inspired legions who lead and give voice to a body politic, fully half of which, now, is soldered to the public teat.
It may be that a “two-state solution” becomes our only hope.