Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio show host and creator of PragerUniversity.Com. His latest book is "Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph."More ↓Less ↑
Next Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, is not Election Day. It is Referendum Day.
It may be commonplace for commentators to announce that every election is “the most important election in our lifetime” or something analogous. But having never said that of a presidential election, let alone an off-year election, this commentator cannot be accused of crying wolf when I say that this off-year election is not simply the most important of my lifetime. It is the most important since the Civil War.
The reason is that, unlike all previous elections, this one is actually a referendum on the direction of the United States of America.
If the Democrats win:
The American people have announced, consciously or not, that they support the Democratic Party’s “fundamental transformation” – those were President Obama’s words when he campaigned, and he has lived up to them – of America from a liberty-based state of limited government into an equality-based welfare state with an ever-expanding government.
America will change from a country that emphasizes producing wealth to a country that emphasizes redistribution of wealth.
The Left has never been primarily interested in creating wealth. Its primary goal always and everywhere has been to redistribute it. That so many businessmen and much of Wall Street are only now awakening to this fact is only a testament to the staggering lack of wisdom in big business.
America will produce increasingly narcissistic citizens.
For proof, just look at the virtual shutdown of much of France and the ubiquitous rioting of vast numbers of its citizens over a tiny change in its welfare state – raising the age of retirement from 60 to 62. The idea that one will work two more years before receiving benefits until death so offends vast numbers of French – including young people who have every reason to believe they will live until the age of 100 – that they are fighting it as if their very lives were in jeopardy. That is the self-centeredness that all welfare states engender in their citizens.
America will further reinforce the conviction that minorities are victims – who must be protected from their fellow Americans by the state.
Latinos, blacks, Muslims, gays and vast numbers of women have been told by the Left and its political party that they are all persecuted by a country that is SIXHIRB – Sexist, Intolerant, Xenophobic, Homophobic, Islamophobic, Racist and Bigoted. That America is the least SIXHIRB country in the world is a fact that has been all but drowned out by the left-wing domination of television and print news media, all the entertainment media and the high schools and universities.
America will continue to undermine its unique ability to Americanize people of all ethnic, national, racial and religious backgrounds.
With a Democratic victory, the country’s very motto – E Pluribus Unum, “Out of Many One” – will continue to erode as ethnic and racial identities rather than one American identity are increasingly celebrated. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has just announced that Germany’s experiment with multiculturalism has “utterly failed,” but the Left and its political party, the Democrats, have redoubled their efforts to supplant E Pluribus Unum with multiculturalism.
America will continue its economic slide.
With a Democratic victory, unsustainable debts will mount, wealth-producing companies will continue to flee from higher taxes and more regulations, energy use will be taxed in the name of environmentalist utopianism and the government will continue to print dollars.
America will become increasingly secular.
With a Democratic victory, the Left’s goal of rendering America’s other motto, “In God We Trust,” an anachronism will come closer to fruition. Leftism is a jealous god. As in Western Europe, the Judeo-Christian roots of this country are ceasing to play the indispensable moral role they have played since before 1776.
And what would constitute a Democratic victory next Tuesday? Anything other than a Republican landslide. Any other result will be interpreted by the media and the Democrats as solely a result of the economic recession and as the normal losses of the dominant party in off-year elections.
In other words, the only way to ensure that the electoral results are seen as a repudiation of the growth of the state and the other Democratic and leftist goals is through an enormous Republican victory.
Only then will America understand that this election was not first about jobs. It was above all about America.