If the Czar were a liberal, he would be wringing his hands in despair. There are dark days ahead for Liberalism, and indeed they might be final days. Like someone said in the Bible about the Poor, liberals will always be with us (perhaps for the same reasons). But the Progressive Liberal might be less than a generation away from irrelevance.
Over the last years, the Czar has been listing some of these highlights, in hopes that you will enjoy some optimism, some zing that tomorrow could be better than yesterday. Another happened today: a Rassmussen Reports survey showed that a whopping 72% of taxpayers think that our schools need to start showing some real results. Added to that is that most think the schools are getting enough money; only a fraction think schools need more.
What these statistics reveal is that a majority of Americans understand that terrible school performance is not about a lack of money: it is about a public education system that fails internally. And you know what that means: Americans expect results from the unions, or else thats it. Union arguments that schools suffer due to a lack of funds or curtailed collective bargaining are crap to us, now. The Americans are on to them, even if they do not exactly realize it as such. These statistics show that Americans have put into play a set of expectations that will only be fixed by weaking the union choke hold on school teachers.
This is really bad news for the unions, who have never suffered this badly in terms of PR. No one is sure how many more hits the unions can take and stay upright, but the last couple of shots including this one have been beautiful haymakers.
What the hell is happening?
In the Czars opinion, this all is the result of Generation X. The Boomers, spoiled rotten by the only bad decision of the Greatest Generationthat their children should never want for anythingwere particularly susceptible to half-reasoned and ill-understood Leftist and radical recruitment. In the 1950s, they were juvenile delinquents. In the 1960s, hippies. In the 1970s, the sloppy sex and drug culture. In the 1980s, they infiltrated the marketplace and government. In the 1990s, they came to power…and now we see that no one can afford their bullshit anymore, andas the survey showsthey have done exactly nothing with the time and money they took from us.
This realization became manifest in 2006, when the Boomers began to retire en masse from the positions they held and corrupted. As the Gen Xers began to clean up the mess, the depths of depravity became quite public. And guess what? The Gen Xers, named by the advertising community because they were impossible to know well enough to cater to, began to lose faith in the media, in academia, entertainment, and politics: instead, they used alternatives to investigate, research, and promote. And they discovered that the problems were widespread, but that their frustration was shared by the vast majority of Americans. Instead of being the misunderstood group who would have to be content with not fitting in, the Gen Xers learned they were a critically useful part of the majority.
And as the Boomers lose their power and status, facts are exposed: academia is over-run with radicals. The mainstream media is filled 2:1 with agenda-pushing liberals. Hollywood is effectively Communist. That all this ties back to the tyranny of Progressivism (painfully detailed in the Gen Xers favorite book Liberal Fascism). And that these same progressives so very nearly got away with it in 2006. Yes, they were too late to prevent the election of Barack Obama, but he was doomed from the start. The sheeps clothes were peeled away, and the wolves exposed: in order to pass government-run healthcare, laws had to be circumvented and broken. Constitutionality was an inconvenience. You had to pass a law to find out what was in it. Transparency was a joke. But rather than role over to these Boomers, the country responded quickly, aggressively, and pointedly. The 2010 repudiation was not merely effective, it was rewarding. 2012 appears to be even more vicious, as each side is seeing survival at stake.
For conservatives, composed of a majority of Gen Xers and easily recruited millions from the Greatest Generation, more and more of Gen Y, and even millions of awakened Boomers, the survival of the American way is very real. For liberals, the survival of their very cause is at stake. We all know they do not care so much for the survival of the country: they fear more the end of the salad days of irresponsibility and fantasy.
There is much work to do. But there is also great reason to celebrate.