Noonan Haz A Sad, Channels Ophelia
Apparently Peggy Noonan took to her fainting couch recently, suffering from a touch of SAD, and found herself scribbling away and projecting her depression on all of America. I tend to avoid conservative propaganda outlets, such as Fox News and The Wall Street Journal, mainly because of their insalubrious effect on my blood pressure.
But this communique from the inimitable Nooners exploded across my desktop like a multi-car accident and I just had to become a gaper.
She had me by the first sentence, which reads:
The constant mischief of the progressive left is hurting the nation’s morale.
A bold premise but deftly supported by citing those experts on the American psyche—Gallup, of Gallup polls. Gallup found, in December, that a record number of Americans, 72% to be exact, feel that big government is a bigger threat to the future than big business and big labor.
This probably came as no surprise to the good folks of Gallup because so it has been, every single time that they have asked that question since the first time, in 1965. Indeed, Noonan, herself, points out that this is a fairly predictable data point.
None of these numbers are new, exactly, as they reflect long-term trends.
So. One might ask oneself “what exactly is the woman’s point?”
Well, she tells us in a bit of lavender prose:
But they never lose their power to startle. The persistent blues, the lack of faith, the bet that things won’t get better—it just doesn’t sound like America.
We are suffering in great part from the politicization of everything and the spread of government not in a useful way but a destructive one. Everyone wants to help the poor, the old and the sick; the safety net exists because we want it. But voters and taxpayers feel bullied, burdened and jerked around, which again is not new but feels more intense every day. Common sense and native wit tell them America is losing the most vital part of itself in the continuing shift of power from private to public.
This, of course, is conserva-speak for Obamacare.
Ah, yes. Here we are:
. . . You can only employ so many before the new insurance rules kick in so don’t employ too many, don’t take a chance! Which means: Don’t grow. It takes the utmost commitment to start a school or improve an existing one because you’ll come up against the unions, which own the politicians.
(see Corker, Sen. Bob)
Things stagger downhill from there in a predictably zig-zag pattern: “the dark screw-ball comedy that is Obamacare” as a disincentive to work . . . Harry Reid makes an appearance as Lenin . . . the IRS is victimizing “independent groups” and pulling on its jackboots to go out collecting fines from the uninsured.
The NSA, HHS and the EPA—they’re all there, everything but BenGHAZI!!—all those BIG Gubmint boogeymen, that give Peggy Noonan a massive headache and serious sadz for “the way things were” before Obama-nation!! when coal companies could pollute an entire state’s water supply with abandon, unfettered by “. . . Rules, regulations, many of them stupid, from all the agencies—local, state, federal . . .” and nowhere was heard a discouraging word.
The good old days when our President Led by Lying to us all so that he could send a generation of young Americans to death, and devastating physical and emotional trauma; cripple the economy; tarnish our integrity and standing in the global community and suspend decades old conventions of decency to further a perverse personal agenda.
Some of us are still pretty depressed by that wreckage wrought by Republicans and neo-cons in the first ten years of the new century, Peggy. And if they’re “exhausted from trying to fight back on a million fronts” and being pelted by screwballs in your fanciful batting cage, I’m for cranking up the pitching machine.
Predictably enough, this lamentation ends up with the age-old cry of playground losers everywhere—Sure you won, but that’s a crappy trophy and it ain’t worth winning—
But the left too is damaged. They look hollowed out and incoherent. Their victories, removed of meaning, are only the triumphs of small aggressions. They win the day but not the era. The result is not progress but more national division, more of a grinding sense of dislike. At first it will be aimed at the progressive left, but in time it will likely be aimed at America itself, or rather America as It Is Now. When the progressive left wins, they will win, year by year, less of a country.
You’re right about one thing, though, Nooners . . .
People feel beset because they are. All these things are pieces of a larger, bullying ineptitude. And people know, they are aware.
And that is why the Right is decomposing before our very eyes.