In an article at American Greatness titled The Democrats’ French Dilemma, Conrad Black compares the current lunacy of the Democrats to the situation in France in 1968. The New Green
Mess Deal is silly but some polls show it has support on some level. That is alarming and dangerous, in the eyes of the perfectly sane. Black, on the other hand, finds it a welcome development. “Radical political change always becomes more and more exaggerated before it snaps back”.
He could be right, depending on whether it plays out in ways similar to the end of the 1968 revolt in France. Both Charles de Gaulle and Georges Pompidou were overwhelming re-elected after the people tired of the all the disruption by the Sorbonne students and striking workers.
Black agrees with Victor Davis Hanson who sees the current Democrat race to the bottom as Progressives Bearing Gifts, for Donald Trump to run on in his 2020 campaign. Kimberley Strassel has said that the Democrats are giving Republicans a secret weapon to use against them in 2020. I wrote about that on a previous post.
Never mind all that for a moment. I’m reminded of H.L. Mencken’s comment on the occasional stupidity of people to fall for some vacuous and exceedingly dumb political proposal. He said: “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.” I’m trying to prepare myself for the worst.
I never believed that Colorado would become a solid blue state but it has and is now headed in the direction of becoming the next California. The Colorado General Assembly is busy dealing with the very important issue of plastic straws. I won’t be surprised if the New Green Mess gets raccous applause in that august chamber.
If there is hope for Colorado to ever return to sanity it will because the people get a reality check from the threats the liberals will be making against their prosperity. Unlike California, Colorado still has a middle class whose lives will be adversely affected by all the radical politics soon headed their way.
Conrad Black compares our current madness to France in 1968 and concludes his essay on a hopeful note:
The entire dissentient movement collapsed, everyone went back to work and university, and de Gaulle and Pompidou won the greatest electoral victory in 165 years of intermittent French republican history.
The relevance of this to the United States is the pattern of angry people shrieking increasingly mad allegations and tocsins to apparent public approval until it all suddenly collapses. Many of these Democratic Party candidates are going to immolate themselves with this nonsense. Of the candidates visible now, Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Sherrod Brown, and Amy Klobuchar (that is, most of the experienced ones) are the only ones who haven’t walked the plank they can’t walk back on.
The Democrats will fumble and jostle, listening to Cory Booker liken climate change to the threat of Nazism, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez assure them that universal health care will eliminate the need for funerals. Public opinion will move from bemusement to disparagement of these hare-brained nostrums, and they will be a bedraggled and hungover party that finally chooses its candidates for national office. We’re getting some of the entertainment as France did in the spring of 1968, but none of the worrisome or economically disruptive aspects of it. That is doubly good, as Donald Trump, though he is a strong if unorthodox leader, is not Charles de Gaulle.
I can’t wait to see the endgame here, I sure hope Black is correct.