It Really Is A Revolution

Aussie correspondent Brett McS, in an ongoing mission he has of late to keep me terrified and depressed, drops this little link in a comment box. I can't get it to embed properly, so if you don't see it below, go here instead.

Off you go now, or what follows won't make sense.

Let's put aside for the moment the tendency of such things to end up like this (and just so there can be no mistaking matters when I'm hauled up later on hate speech charges, I am citing this with utmost disapproval):

Notice the appeals to hope, change, unity and youth? Ok. Stop noticing them for a moment (and definitely don't think about the fact that we have three yet-contested Senate races, all of which are being stolen in plain sight as far as I can tell. Don't think about ACORN and stuffed ballot boxes and radical connections and Saul Alinsky and the possibility that all of this is malicious and deliberate).

Let's just take what Rahm Emanuel says at face value: the goal of having every American have a common experience that will tie us together as one. Think about the Obamas' (both of 'em) promise that they will change our souls, that we'll have to sacrifice, that America is downright mean. Best case scenario, aren't they just hunting for the common good --for an organizing principle for America? Probably they mean well; I've written here a zillion times about the loss of the common good as a motivating factor for our citizens.

But what is the principle they're asking us to organize around? It is manifestly NOT the principle of the Declaration that "all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights...among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." That principle IS America, and attachment to it is the font from which every other decent civil movement follows.

These people, worst-case, plan to overthrow that principle by deliberate choice. Or, best-case, they are products of forty years of institutional corruption which has failed to instill the principle and therefore they aren't aware of it themselves --don't know what they're tossing away.

Either way, this really is the revolution. It means America is not that collection of citizens born or naturalized committed to a fundamental truth about the dignity of the human person, but America is a bunch of folks who share some experience or set of experiences --and the only way to be American is to have that experience. We are throwing off equality of dignity and opportunity in favor of equality of condition.