Posted on | May 18, 2014 | 15 Comments
Michael Goodwin at the New York Post gets it wrong in “The American Spirit is Breaking“:
There are many examples that say our spirit is breaking if not already broken. One involves a Wall Street Journal report that, six years after the housing bubble popped and sank the economy, federal officials want to lower mortgage standards again so more people can buy houses that they can’t afford. Been there, done that would seem to be the logical response, but the idea is gaining momentum because so few people can legitimately qualify for credit that the only way to spur housing growth is to junk the standards.
The same thing is happening in schools. Americans overwhelmingly agree that our educational system, once the envy of the world, is now lagging.
The American notion of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is still chugging along. A century of decay in our self-appointed and vastly over-rated elite has wrought significant debt and damage, sure.
The question is whether the basic “In God we trust” ethic has been catastrophically supplanted by “In the State, its ‘experts’ and the pagan, hedonistic, fruitless, and ultimately destructive pleasures they peddle, we trust, despite repeated backstabbings”.
The effects have been devastating, sure: to go the Apollo moonshot to an appalling President who can’t launch a website, in a mere half-century, is a downer. But my contention is that #OccupyResoluteDesk is not a representative sample. It would be better to argue that the variance across a population the size of America is so vast as to make the notion of an “American spirit” too nebulous to pursue.
I hope that the smarmy blue state Progressive spirit is breaking. There is significant risk that the final Progressive implosion will bury the conservatives in humus. Irrespective of that, the basic, God-fearing “American spirit” has by no means been completely vanquished by the Progressive lust for Hell. Let not your heart be troubled. Pray that wisdom find these Progressives, that they repent, even as we put the heat on them in primaries and elections, and kick their foolish selves out of office.
These Progressives have been lying about the ‘recovery’ for long enough. Lies are tactical, like elections. Truth has a strategic character to it, and is going to outlive these lies. Could take a few years. Have faith. In what matters.