Skip to comments.WOODSTOCK IS FINALLY OVER
Posted on 11/11/2002 10:13:34 AM PST by John Lenin
WOODSTOCK IS FINALLY OVER
By: John Guthmiller
Pundits are wallowing in the unexpected largesse of last Tuesday's history-making midterm election. Seldom do the chattering classes get so much meat to chew on. Conservatives - the handful who get air time - are reveling like the Osbournes at a wrap party, while Democrats are alternately wailing like they should have at Paul Wellstone's funeral or putting on a game face and pretending their unprecedented losses don't matter. In the end, Republicans made political gains in the House of Representatives, and retook the Senate. These are stories to warm the cockles of hearts on the Right, and give a generation of Leftists tales with which to frighten their children
All along the liberal Northeast - Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island - the sinister erosion was halted. Hawaii elected its first Republican governor in 40 years. Florida remained solidly in Republican hands, despite a siege by Clintonites and the focused efforts of the Do Nothing Committee (the DNC).
And liberal lighthouses blinked out all over the referendum reef. In Nevada, the citizens defeated a proposal to legalize marijuana, and banned same-sex marriage. Similar pot proposals failed in Arizona, South Dakota, Ohio, and the District of Columbia. Massachusetts voters discarded the state's bilingual education provisions, demanding that public school classes be taught in English only. Jury nullification was struck down in South Dakota. All around the country, sales and income tax increases were soundly defeated, along with bond issues for questionable "public works" projects.
The country is in a Republican mood.
This election should show, more than anything, that the frivolous days of the Clintons' eight-year Mazola party are over. America has serious business to transact, and the time is not right for childish indulgence. Perhaps when our borders are safe once again and we can stroll our parks and parking lots without fear of being murdered by religious fanatics, perhaps when we've reasserted control of our far-flung economic interests and re-invigorated our own marketplace, perhaps when we once again know the pride of being American, we can lower our sights to such trivia as homosexual unions, animal rights, and whale-saving. Sometimes it takes a crisis to point out the sheer paucity of the liberal platform, its embarrassing paltriness, and the Left's patent inability to handle anything more demanding than protecting pregnant pigs. But right now, we've got bigger enemies to contend with, and we're not in the mood for pranks.
It's becoming axiomatic that when times get difficult, the GOP is the party to turn to. Democrats throw a heck of a kegger, but you wouldn't want one driving your pregnant wife to the labor room. In a predictable political irony, the Left, which once masked its socialist agenda behind such rhetoric as "Down with the Establishment," BECAME the Establishment, and has been in Bunker Mode for the last 25 years. The butterfly chasers from the Summer of Love have infiltrated the power structure and still think they can solve the world's problems by sticking daisies in gun barrels. The party that shunned the status quo has built bulwarks of its own intransigence. Daschle's Democrats have redefined the word "reactionary," proposing nothing of their own but obstructing virtually every measure the administration has endorsed.
On Tuesday, in villages and boroughs from Teaneck to Tucumcari, voters demanded that the roadblocks come down. While the Democrats were busy circling the wagons, the rest of the country moved on.
Tuesday demonstrated the fragility - and obsolescence -- of dynasties like those of Kathleen Townsend Kennedy and Walter Mondale. It heralded a new day for moral responsibility and self-discipline. And it tolled the death knell for a philosophy that was born in the turmoil of Viet Nam and never grew up. As the most famous balladeer of that age sang, "The times, they are a-changin'." Woodstock is finally over.
It was a party not a movement.
I call the title a gloat.
On MSNBC yesterday, they ran a clip from SNL showing a doofus-looking Bush counting up the Senate totals. Jonathan Alter followed, and he suggested that they retire such images as it was obvious that this president was smart enought to run circles around politicians. Forget the exact words, but it was wonderful to hear!
Couldn't agree more. (And something to be mindful of in the wake of the 2002 election.)
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