It’s the easiest thing in the world to be a pessimist, and the least American. We’re optimists, and as tough as things are, as many skirmishes as we’ve lost, we haven’t lost this country to the left quite yet. If you had to choose between being them or us, you’d be crazy to choose being them. We’re going to win, and America is going to rise again.
Pessimism is a cop-out, an excuse to do nothing and wait for the end instead of figuratively fixing bayonets and charging head-long into the enemy. That military metaphor is no accident, because decades in the military taught me that “pessimism” is just another name for “failure.” You don’t always get to pick your enemy. You don’t always get to pick your situation. Your job is to take whatever you face, find your advantages, and exploit them to drive on to victory.
We’re conservative Americans. When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, Irish it up with a little Stoli, and then grill a rib-eye while you drink it.
Let’s assess our situation as conservatives. We face a leftist President and his senatorial minions. The media is against us. Our culture embraces a whole range of bizarrely self-destructive and immoral notions. The supposedly conservative party is divided between folks who want to promote conservatism and those who want to promote themselves.
So we’re under siege. So what else is new?
Now let’s look at the situation from a different perspective, one that looks for hope and opportunities. They’re there all right – we just need to be willing to see them.
Every day makes it clearer that President 51% is the lamest of ducks. The only thing he’s squandering faster than money borrowed from the Chinese to subsidize his coalition of lazy government hacks and welfare bums is his political capital.
The closest thing he has had to a political victory since eking out a win over Mitt Romney by a couple percentage points is getting through the Fiscal Cliff morass by making permanent the Bush tax rates on all but a few people. Yeah, his big success was making automatic taxes increases apply to fewer folks than it otherwise would have. That sort of failure is only considered a “victory” if you’re a MSNBC commentator or a French general.
And the sequester? Not only didn’t the sky fall but people kind of looked around, read their money market statements, and thought, “Uh, if this is what happens when we cut 2% of the budget, let’s see what happens when we cut 10%.”
That normal people are realizing that the Democrats’ sound and fury about slashing the budget signifies nothing is huge.
Kurt Schlichter (Twitter: @KurtSchlichter) has been published in the New York Post, Washington Examiner, Los Angeles Times, Washington Times and elsewhere. He was personally recruited by Andrew Breitbart and since 2009 his work has been frequently published on the Breitbart.com web sites.