After the deluge


Concerned that John McCain’s Ayers/Rev. Wright/socialist/that man is a nigg– campaign strategy may not pay off in a presidency, conservatives search the horizon from their treeforts nestled high above in the Tree of Liberty (the one refreshed with the blood of those  other guys) at what the Brave Obama World might bring.

First comes the muzzling of speech.

SHOULD Barack Obama win the presidency and Democrats take full control of Congress, next year will see a real legislative attempt to bring back the Fairness Doctrine – and to diminish conservatives’ influence on broadcast radio, the one medium they dominate.

Lacking a red meat echo chamber, disconsolate conservatives will be forced to fill the  countless hours they previously spent hanging on the telephone in order to tell Sean Hannity that he is a "great American" and thus will lose contact with the outside world,  and waste away, their stiff lifeless bodies found weeks later smelling worse than usual.

Others are considering opting out of a mainstream America that fails to appreciate  their contributions, choosing instead to hole up in a compound of like-minded smart people:

Ask Dr. Helen: Is it time to "go John Galt?"

My PJM colum is up:

As Ayn Rand foresaw, productive Americans are fed up with supporting the unproductive and may not take it anymore.

And by "productive" she means necessary contributors to society like forensic psychologists,  robo-love legal theorists and assorted other big thinkers, think tankers,  and  citizen journalists who believe that Galt’s Gulch is going to be just like  Candyland except that they won’t have to share. 

Others have a more dour belief about what awaits them:

Have a friend who was in Riverside Park (Manhattan) with his baby daughter. A woman came up to him and said, “Are you a registered Democrat?” He said no. She said, “Well, you can register right now — it will just take a second. I have the necessary paperwork here.” He said, “No, actually, that’s not it — I am registered. It’s just that I’m a registered Republican.” He said that the woman gave him a look of hate such as he had seldom seen — sent a shudder down his spine. She walked away, still glaring, bitterly, without a word.

Now, the thing is, my friend’s not very political at all — he’s not like me and the rest of us NRO-niks. He just has a nice career (unrelated to politics), and a nice family, loves to play golf, likes to go to the movies, and goes about his business. And he thought, “Shouldn’t she simply have been pleased that I was registered? Isn’t political participation and good citizenship what it’s all about?”

Oh, no, no, my friend — not by a long shot. Come the revolution, you will understand. And that lady will give you a good long time in a camp to think about it.

I feel kind of bad for Republicans this year. It’s just been one disappointment after another; a shitty candidate, a shittier running mate, the worst president ever, a crushing economy, nobody cares about Bill Ayers, the impending election wipeout. I almost feel like we  should build a few re-education compounds just so that they can feel like they got one thing right.

I’m just trying to be gracious here…

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