by Peter Ferrera, Am. SPec.
Like a replicating amoeba, America is pulling apart into two separate cultures. One is strongly committed to the birth of an even more robust, pro-growth, entrepreneurial capitalism. The other thinks Che Guevara and Karl Marx had important social insights relevant to America today, and wants to follow the path of Juan Peron’s Argentina, if not Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela. This is the stark choice facing the American people in 2012.
This is also why the vast majority of the American heartland feels more cultural affinity with the people of New Zealand and Australia than with the people of San Francisco and Seattle, at least as reflected by the majority of those two benighted cities. But the replicating amoeba analogy is not apt, because amoebas split into two equal new entities. What the American people are about to demonstrate in 2012 is that the heartland’s vision of a booming economy restoring America’s traditional world-leading prosperity and superpower might is shared by far more citizens than you might think, and that the long outdated socialist vision of the “progressive” American Left, for whom that traditional American prosperity and superpower status is a moral embarrassment, is fading into oblivion…
In 2012, the American people will decisively resolve the clash of these two increasingly separated cultures by fully replacing America’s hopelessly stubborn, outdated and backward-looking establishment elite (reminiscent of the French Bourbon aristocracy) with a new generation of leaders. The American people will not tolerate the decline, and ultimately the fall, of America.
This economic disaster cannot be blamed on Bush, if for no other reason than that, historically, the deeper the downturn the stronger the recovery. Under President Obama, that recovery is now two years overdue. As former Senator Phil Gramm explained in the Wall Street Journal on April 15, “Had the U.S. economy recovered from the current recession the way it bounced back from the other 10 recessions since World War II, our per capita gross domestic product (GDP) would be $3,553 higher than it is today, and 11.9 million more Americans would be employed.”