A Time for Courage and Action

Amidst all the analyses of the presidential election results by American conservatives, how surprising that one of the best takes — perhaps the best – should appear in, of all places, an Israeli newspaper.

Caroline Glick is an American-Israeli journalist and deputy managing editor of The Jerusalem Post. She is also the Senior Fellow for Middle East Affairs of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Security Policy. Here is an excerpt from her latest Post column and pardon my quoting at length, but I’m sure those who read it will agree that every syllable of what Glick has to say is too important to leave out:

The greatest advantage Obama had going into the election was not demography but the fact that the full consequences of his statist economic policies and his pro-jihadist foreign policy have not yet been felt.

Nationalized healthcare will only be fully implemented in 2014. Americans will only begin watching old men and women die because the federal government denied them lifesaving, but expensive, treatments a year from now. They will only lose their doctors due to dwindling Medicare reimbursements in a year.

College students who got out the vote for Obama will only find themselves doomed to low-paying jobs and a life of indebtedness as they fail year in and year out to pay off their college loans, in a year or two. And by the time they realize what it means to be saddled with a national debt of $16 trillion, they will be locked into a government-controlled economy that requires them to keep their silence or lose their livelihoods.

Then there are the consequences of Obama’s foreign polices …

[L]ucky for [President Obama], the Benghazi debacle was small enough for the media to hide from the electorate.

Sure a US ambassador and three others were murdered. But four is not a very large number.

And it was over in a day.

It will be harder for Obama to contain the damage of his foreign policy when Iran gets nuclear weapons and begins molesting US shipping in the Persian Gulf as gas prices rise to $10 a gallon. It will be harder for Obama to hide the effect of his foreign policy when American tourists in Egypt are massacred or held hostage and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood government demands the release of the Blind Sheikh, Omar Abdel Rahman, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, in exchange for intervention.

It will be harder for Obama to hide the dangers of his foreign policy when the Taliban return to power in Afghanistan and al-Qaida rebuilds its training camps. It will be harder for Obama to blame his failure on hapless American filmmakers when Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is controlled by a Taliban-aligned government that seeks a nuclear war with India. It will be harder for Obama to protect America with a gutted, demoralized military, demobilized under his command.

She then shifts focus to Israel, its relationship with the U.S., and the consequences for both of Obama’s reelection.

Finally, she ends with a prediction, a call to action and a hopeful prognosis, both to Israel and to us:

Within a year, the consequences of Obama’s failed domestic and foreign policies will make him weaker rather than stronger than he was in his first term …

Our side suffered a massive loss on Tuesday.

But as long as we keep our minds and hearts focused on the fundamental goodness and truth that guide our path, we will not be defeated. We will endure, persevere and in due course, we will be vindicated.

If there were a Nobel Prize for must-reads, Glick’s column would be my nominee – or at least it would be until she writes another one.

Read the whole thing.

  1. Good Berean

    “But as long as we keep our minds and hearts focused on the fundamental goodness and truth that guide our path, we will not be defeated. We will endure, persevere and in due course, we will be vindicated.”

    This is certainly the way we must posture ourselves. Moving to the Left is to move away from our core values.

  2. tabula rasa

    Glick is superb. Her predictions will come true.

    One thought on her predictions:  

    Out in the real world, the temporal connection between a dumb act and the consequences tend to be very close:  drive drunk and you get in an accident and perhaps kill someone (and lose your license); don’t pay your bills and bill collectors will be all over you; eat nothing but cheeseburgers and you gain a lot of weight.

    In the political world, the act (trillions of debt, for example) and the consequences (national bankruptcy, massive inflation, wiping out of people’s savings, non-existent growth) are either unclear (the Left has a great “big lie” machine) or deferred far enough in time that it doesn’t have immediate negative consequences to the perpetrator of the dumb act (I think that partially explains the Obama victory).

    The Left is a master at giving goodies today and deferring the pain.

  3. Nick Stuart

    Rest assured it will all be due to the failed policies of the past (Bush, not Obama though).

  4. Masked Man
    But as long as we keep our minds and hearts focused on the fundamental goodness and truth that guide our path, we will not be defeated. We will endure, persevere and in due course, we will be vindicated.

    “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” did not get us very far. Caroline’s optimistic ending sounds like it was added by the Re-Write Department. I wish desperately that it were justified, but I don’t see the evidence.

  5. Steve MacDonald

    She is remarkably astute and I suspect spot on in her analysis. My key take away from Tuesday’s election was – protect your personal finances from what is coming. Applying 4th grade arithmetic to the western world’s financial situation + our posture for the next 4 years + her points = an analysis even easier to understand. Interesting times.

  6. Chris Campion

    This is how “progressivism” wins, every time – the costs of their policies are hidden from recipients of federal largesse, whether they care about those costs or not, or the pain is not something experienced in the short term, and can therefore be ignored.

    Good work, if you can get it.

    Out in the real world, the temporal connection between a dumb act and the consequences tend to be very close:  drive drunk and you get in an accident and perhaps kill someone (and lose your license); don’t pay your bills and bill collectors will be all over you; eat nothing but cheeseburgers and you gain a lot of weight.

    In the political world, the act (trillions of debt, for example) and the consequences (national bankruptcy, massive inflation, wiping out of people’s savings, non-existent growth) are either unclear (the Left has a great “big lie” machine) or deferred far enough in time that it doesn’t have immediate negative consequences to the perpetrator of the dumb act (I think that partially explains the Obama victory).

    The Left is a master at giving goodies today and deferring the pain. · 3 hours ago

  7. Charles Mark

    http://melaniephillips.com/america-goes-into-the-darknessI strongly recommend this ( and any other) analysis from the brilliant Melanie Phillips.What a great Contributor/Podcast Guest she would make.

  8. Charles Mark

    The site won’t let me edit my last comment: the link ends at “…darkness”

  9. ConservativeWanderer
    Jeff Petraska: So it’s got to get worse before it gets better?  Well, I suppose that’s better than having no hope at all, which is how I’ve felt since last Wednesday.  Thanks for the link. · 4 hours ago

    It’s always darkest just before the dawn.

  10. Jeff Petraska

    So it’s got to get worse before it gets better?  Well, I suppose that’s better than having no hope at all, which is how I’ve felt since last Wednesday.  Thanks for the link.

  11. Nanda Panjandrum

    Four stars-plus…Thanks!

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