We Are Winning
Conservatives often feel that the America they know is slipping away. Neither presidential candidate can be called an true ideological conservative, the supposedly conservative Republican party all too often slides left, and the Supreme Court has an unconstitutionally large amount of power. (It doesn’t matter which side of the abortion debate you are on, Roe v. Wade was, by any objective analysis, a ridiculous decision). Abortion on demand is legal and socially acceptable, tax rates are often far too high, and government spending is out of control. Odds are, by this time next year we will have a Democrat House, a Democrat Senate, and a Democrat president. It sometimes seems that the conservative cause is a losing one.
Sometimes it is. But more often, it is not. America, from a conservative point of view, is by far the best run country in the world. There is no other country in the world that utilizes conservative philosophy as the United States does.
Most of Europe consists of quasi-Socialist states (and some European countries can drop the “quasi”—they are full-fledged socialist). But worse than the massive government power (though it may be because of it), Europe is killing itself. Europe’s birth rate is collapsing, their share of the world economy is dwindling, and their social institutions seem to be breaking down. (In Britain, they are discussing whether or not to continue to bother jailing burglars. It is possible that in a few years, it will be possible to be convicted of a burglary in that country and not draw jail time). Europe seems to have lost its will to live.
(Europe may be dying, but it is a long way from dead. European states have a way of surprising—England was only a minor power for centuries, then conquered most of the world, France went from Revolution to Empire in a decade, and Germany rose from it’s World War I ashes astonishingly quickly. Don’t count Europe out.)
Europe may be a dying socialist continent, but it is at least possible to live a prosperous and happy life there. In most of the world’s countries, an easy life is not an option. Much of the world is poor, much of the world lives under repressive dictatorships, and much of the world must endure both poverty and tyranny. Most of Africa, most of Asia, most of the Middle East, and much of South America is ruled by totalitarian regimes. The vast majority of the world’s countries have not concept of democracy, no freedom of speech or religion, and no laws governing the judicial system. That kind of puts the whole ANWR drilling thing in perspective, doesn’t it?
The fact that the United States is both prosperous and free should not make conservatives complacent—after all, the fortunes of a country can change very quickly. But it is important not to miss the forest for the trees (an overworked cliché, but still an accurate one). America, for all it’s flaws, is a truly great country, and it probably better now than it has ever been in it’s history, and that is due in large part to the efforts of conservative leaders. Conservatives can be proud—our work is often difficult, but it is effective. We are winning.