“Soporific, Sophomoric, Self-Flattering Conformism”

Mark Steyn:

That’s Nick George: “9/11? I do it my way.” That’s the metrosexual ninny in the Audi ad: “Thinking the way everyone else thinks has never felt so cool.” The good news is, as in “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” there are still a few holdouts. The Washington Post ran a remarkable headline this week: “Europe Could Use Its Own Tea Party.” Underneath David Ignatius went through the obligatory metropolitan condescension toward America’s swampdwelling knuckledraggers before acknowledging that the Continent’s problem was that there was no similar populist movement demanding fiscal sanity from the governing class.

He’s right. I’ve been saying for months that the difference between America and Europe is that, when the global economy nosedived, everywhere from Iceland to Bulgaria mobs took to the streets and besieged Parliament, demanding to know why government didn’t do more for them. This is the only country in the developed world where a mass movement took to the streets to say we can do just fine if you control-freak statists would just stay the hell out of our lives, and our pockets. You can shove your non-stimulating stimulus, your jobless jobs bill, and your multitrillion-dollar porkathons. This isn’t karaoke. These guys are singing “I’ll do it my way” for real.

Please read the whole column, or you really won’t understand how powerful the message is. There is a creepy groupthink setting in – fostered by ads like Steyn is writing about. There is a creeping statism, a collectivist mindset being pushed – non-stop.

As Steyn points out, we are the only country that staged Tea Party type protests, demanding the government get out of our lives rather than demand that the government do more for us. There is still some America here, even though the collectivist groupthink is everywhere.

America needs to stand up and say, “Enough!” We do not need to be more like Europe. We do not need to retreat and turn inward and accept ever-lowering economic standards. We do not need to turn our backs on American exceptionalism and become one with the thug-ruled states and the ninny-ruled states and the nanny-ruled states. We do not need – or want – to be just like them. Our forefathers came here to get away from that stifling conformity.

We need to remain America. The nation where individual liberty matters. The place where you literally can go from rags to riches. A place where the individual always counts more than the state.

Have we, as a nation, always managed to do that for everyone? Of course not.

But we have been a place where that has been possible. We need to remain the place where that is possible.

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5 Responses to “Soporific, Sophomoric, Self-Flattering Conformism”

  1. Fred Z says:

    How am I to read the whole column without a linky-linky?

  2. Gaius says:

    I swear I put that link in, thanks for pointing that out, Fred. The link has been added (again?).

  3. Fred Z says:

    I found it anyway at the OC Register. What kind of Steyn obsessive is more obsessive than me, that he goes to the OC column immediately as it appears and before it gets on Steyn’s web-site.

    You must have hammer refreshed for hours. Good for you.

  4. Gaius says:

    Steyn is a favorite.

  5. Brett says:

    “We do not need to be more like Europe.”

    And to those Americans who insist that we do, I indicate the east and reply: “Europe is that way.”

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