The Post-Hope and Change World

Victor Davis Hanson notes the darkening scene:

…But it is in the Pacific where we may well see the most dramatic changes of American withdrawal. Insidiously, the Chinese are translating their formidable financial power into a new muscular military profile. North Korea is as crazy as ever. The proverbially terrorized shop-keeper in the region thus does not know where to turn—to the mostly absent cop on the beat dreaming of his union pension, or the young thugs who demand protection money or else.

The result is that Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines have one eye on China, and one on Washington—and therefore are increasingly terrified. One of three things will happen: our shaky allies will demand a higher U.S. profile in the region, and new assurances of safety under the U.S. nuclear umbrella (all quite unlikely); or they will go nuclear and, unlike North Korea, their missiles will work like Camrys and Kias; or they will make face-saving accommodations with the Chinese that will result in a new version of the old Co-Prosperity Sphere (China 2011 reminds me a lot of Japan 1935).

Right now, I could not imagine that anyone in Taiwan would believe the Obama administration would say or do anything should Chinese ships tomorrow show up a mile off the Taiwanese coast—but could envision the most eloquent speech why Taiwan must inevitably rejoin communist China. Indeed, Obama would call on both sides for restraint, while chewing out the Taiwanese for provoking the Chinese, while working out a “balanced” deal that ceded Taiwanese waters to China—until the next incident.

In short, we will be back soon to about 1937. The old rules are disappearing. All that we await for is some audacious trouble-maker to make perfectly clear that there are no such rules…

There will be a World War Three, you know?  It will probably be launched by China, but it could also be triggered by some darn fool thing done by Russia, Iran or Egypt.  The bottom line is that we are returning to international anarchy as Obama’s weakness and our massive debt convince more and more of the global players that we are off the board.  The global school master is out on break…and now the delinquents have their chance.

There is a cold, hard fact of life that our liberals – like Obama – simply do not grasp:  human nature does not change.  Not ever.  The wars and cruelties of the past and present are not an unintentional result: they are the result of what people desire.  When anyone out there in the world desires something they do not merit people will suffer – in greater or lesser degree, but they will suffer.  Naturally, the more powerful the evil-doer, the more suffering caused.  No matter what situation you create, no matter how hard you try to be just and merciful, the nature of mankind ensures that some people will simply reject the path of righteousness…some people simply from base motives will act badly, and thus there will be horrible things happening.

This rather bleak fact of life should turn all those of good will towards those practical policies which will avoid or ameliorate the effects of evil.  Not get rid of it – we can’t do that – but reduce the frequency of evil, and the damage done by it.  An attitude of careful saving against a rainy day, of insisting upon everyone pulling their own weight, of providing and maintaining a very strong military force…this is what is needed to navigate a world in which some are out to do wrong.  At bottom it is a recognition of duty and an understanding that you simply will not get everything you want…because you have onerous duties to perform, there simply won’t be enough time or resources for every pleasure and whim which seizes your mind, even if some of them are of quite admirable intent.

Because we undercut the last President and then elected a complete fool as his successor, the United States is rapidly weakening – not so much in actual power, but in the perception of American power.  This will touch off a scramble among the ill-disposed to grab as much as they can while the getting is good.  Those who are wicked are preparing – building up armed forces, undermining targeted States and powers, preparing the global stage for their nefarious designs.  This will eventually lead to war on a grand scale – a war which we will fight, and we will win (truly, the power of the United States is functionally limitless and far more than any other power can marshal).  But I don’t think after this next big war that we’ll go back as we did after the two previous World Wars and the Cold War.  No, I think that those who will sustain the United States and carry us through to victory will insist upon some significant changes.

I don’t see a future America pouring out its treasure to rebuild enemy States.  I don’t see America tying itself to corrupt international bodies.  I don’t see, in domestic affairs, a “well, hey, we did all the fighting – but don’t you who stayed home worry about it, we don’t mind all the suffering we went through” attitude.  I see in that portion of America (probably still a majority, but controlling no matter what by simple willingness to put duty first) demanding that we end this charade…this fool’s bargain where we pretend that those who don’t work are worthy of endless support; where those who don’t serve in the military are as patriotic as those who do; where those who whine loudest get the most.  A new bargain will be struck, where those who do the work and shed the blood are given precedence over those who don’t.

False ideas can get a lot of traction and go very far, but because they are false they are doomed to fail.  For a century now we have been living in an Age of Lies…an age of con artists.  That age is coming to a close – a new age dawns.

12 thoughts on “The Post-Hope and Change World

  1. js July 30, 2011 / 9:09 am

    Joe McCarthy is turnin over in his grave right now…

  2. Retired Spook July 30, 2011 / 9:20 am

    I see in that portion of America (probably still a majority, but controlling no matter what by simple willingness to put duty first) demanding that we end this charade…this fool’s bargain where we pretend that those who don’t work are worthy of endless support; where those who don’t serve in the military are as patriotic as those who do; where those who whine loudest get the most. A new bargain will be struck, where those who do the work and shed the blood are given precedence over those who don’t.

    Mark, to some extent the change has already begun. In a little over 2 years, thanks to the Tea Party movement, we’ve gone from talking about how much money we can spend and how fast we can spend it to how much can we cut and how fast can we cut it. Our freshman Congressman was on the news the other night saying that old-timers are telling him that this is a conversation that’s never taken place in Washington.

    The voices of sanity will either triumph, or we will have our own knock-down, drag-out fight to see which vision for America will prevail. There are simply too many Americans who will not allow the disaster that’s brewing to be foisted off on to our kids, grand kids and great grand kids.

    • neocon1 July 30, 2011 / 10:26 am

      Hey O-chimpy…..are you Fn deaf???

      • thomasg0102 July 30, 2011 / 12:49 pm

        this guy is clearly insane, like neo.

        where did you find this guy neo? south florida? ha. idiot.

  3. Cavalor Epthith, Esquire, D.S.V.J July 30, 2011 / 2:39 pm

    “When anyone out there in the world desires something they do not merit people will suffer – in greater or lesser degree, but they will suffer. ”

    So finally you understand the principle of unearned privilege?

    • neocon1 July 30, 2011 / 2:53 pm

      I understand you and tommy are lefty LOONS and everything you say is total BS.

      • Cavalor Epthith, Esquire, D.S.V.J July 30, 2011 / 3:17 pm

        What you d not grasp neocon1 is that no matter what happens those I am allied with win. if the debt ceiling is not raised and America falls into a Depression millions who beleive as you do will suffer. I win. If the limit is raised and Liberals can move the US economy forward without that tragedy occurring I win. If Obama is voted out of office and an incompetent right winger like Bachmann is elected leading to an American collapse that takes millions of conservatives down to Hell I win. If obama is reelected I win. Now run and tell that my friend. You masters are waiting.

      • neocon1 July 30, 2011 / 3:23 pm

        calvin esophagus DHE

        Horse crap
        borrow MORE money to get out of debt……..
        calvin DHE = stuck on stupid.

      • neocon1 July 30, 2011 / 3:25 pm

        calvin esophagus DHE

        so you are saying YOU are Satan?
        that is the first thing you have said that is close to the truth forker.

    • Mark Noonan July 31, 2011 / 12:19 am

      Cavalor,

      What you fail to see is that people like Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Frank and Sharpton and everyone you can count as a leader of your side is someone who is living off of un-earned privilege. Leeches on the body politic who produce no wealth and yet presume to tell the wealth-creators what to do.

  4. Cluster July 30, 2011 / 5:09 pm

    if the debt ceiling is not raised and America falls into a Depression millions who beleive as you do will suffer. – Cavalor

    Cav, can you explain to me how you “win” if Americans suffer? Just give me one example of how your life is improved please.

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