Pat has written a new column, Is This How Democracy Ends? The cool thing about being Pat is that your unique personal history, social networking, and tactful walking of the fine line between the respectable and the reprehensible empowers you and you alone to state the obvious. It seems like he and he alone has all these profound ideas. His deep thought of the day is this: America faces a crisis of democracy.
This is old news to our dwindling collective of Americans who don’t have a brain slug, but it’s a veritable revelation to Pat’s target audience of semi-literate Foxtards. To them, democracy is an idol of worship, the single righteous conclusion of history. To them, America’s the embodiment of whichever assortment of Masonic or Judaic ideals prove most useful in leading up to the next military campaign. To them, America is too big to fail.
But shortly afterwards, he goes from merely speaking at a level his audience can understand to being outright wrong:
At its heart is a fiscal crisis [Emphasis added]. After the 2009 deficit of $1.4 trillion, we are running a 2010 deficit of $1.6 trillion. Trillion-dollar deficits are projected through the Obama years, be they four or eight.
The economic dimension is merely the most easily quantified and least controversial dimension of America’s crisis, and it was disappointing to see him hide behind it. With individual poverty, the economic poverty is always the most transitive and least causative of the poverties. Before that, you have cognitive poverty, moral poverty, social poverty, and educational poverty. A regime’s poverty is no different. Our deficits, budget crises, and declining credit ratings aren’t the heart of the crisis – they’re emergent effects of America’s precipitous decline in cognitive and moral capital.
The tsunami of billions of dollars won’t make a dent in Haitian poverty, because economics aren’t at the heart of its perpetually wretched condition. For the same reason, America’s wretched condition wouldn’t be improved by balancing the budget. Pat knows this, but will lose his ability to influence the national conversation if he directly states it. That’s fine. But when he states the opposite of the truth, he negates his purpose altogether.
Paleos who stake out positions behind enemy lines have my respect and patience as long as they don’t try to gain credibility or respect by firing back at us. But clearly stating that a mere fiscal crisis is at the heart of America’s crisis of democracy is a disappointing compromise which undermines your life’s work, Pat. Nobody knows what your actuals views are, but I KNOW from what I’ve read that you don’t actually believe this childish simplification offered by the GOP elite.