A comment to this Ed Driscoll post caught my attention:
The reason the left has been so triumphant over the right over the past four decades is simple – They NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER stop!!!!!!!
Neh – ver.
And unless the right thinks similarly, and is prepared to rise in defense of liberty and conservative values always and forever until the end of time, they will lose ground. Period. The reason the right does not in general do this is obvious. The very DNA of leftism is that state power is the be-all, end-all, and absolute end-authority of all. Conservatives entire ethos is to be able to compartmentalize the state, get it out of our lives, and just not have to think about it all the time. Maybe consider other dumb worthless things like family, church, community, business, etc. Gee, which side do you think will tend to be more relentlessly politically effective in directing the state, long-term?
Does [that] mean conservatives have to be relentless until they die? Yup. Does that suck? Yup. But, that doesn’t mean we are losing or will lose, as McCain seems to be sounding like here. It just means we can stop fighing when the left does, which is NEVER EVER EVER… and that’s our world. Live in it, fight the battle, and WIN. We are doing rather well at the moment.
Wisconsin is far from over as the next post explains. But enough with the “Oh, 204 votes, what a crushing defeat, it’s all over….!” Please. We are better, and we are doing better, than that.
I agree, even if I have expressed some pessimism about Wisconsin's situation myself. In fact, the above goes hand in hand with my "Almost There" theory of politics. The differences are never resolved and the political battles to settle them are never over. Not in a free society such as ours (to the degree that we remain free). As long as there is an opportunity to change a political outcome, the left will try to change it. But the fact of the matter is that the right can play that game, too. Any political faction can.