Oh the government elected is frightful,
Yet folks think Barack’s delightful,
And since we’ve made such a left turn,
Let it burn, let it burn, let it burn!
What Does Let It Burn Mean?
As one of the first, if not the first, people to say Let It Burn, I’m clearly thrilled with the growing chorus of voices joining the movement.
Like any movement, there are true believers and Let It Burn In Name Only (LIBINO) types. Since it’s never too early to purge a movement of its impure elements, let us lay out some key principles of Let It Burn.
1- America isn’t a conservative country anymore and hasn’t been for a while. Yes, you can point to lots of surveys that show people identify themselves as conservatives and they even say government should be doing fewer things.
The fact is, a conservative country doesn’t “accidentally” elect Barack Obama twice. It doesn’t continue to send Democrats to the Senate who voted for ObamaCare and force the GOP to run as the saviors of Medicare.
People want the ever expanding welfare state, they simply don’t want to have to pay for it. They are happy to pretend they can “ask the rich to pay a little more” (it won’t work) or to pile on debt for some generation to be born later to pay for it. What they are very clear about in their votes is…”don’t you dare touch my “free” stuff”.
One foundation of conservatism is to see the world as it is, imperfections and all, and not the way we wish it to be. Unless we can admit the reality of the country we are living in, Let It Burn makes no sense.
If you think we’re just one or two tactical moves and a great candidate away from political victory, you’re not in the Let It Burn camp.
Even if the GOP managed to “win” this standoff with Obama by generating more revenue through tax reform than hiking tax rates, who cares? We don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.
“Let It Burn” is about inaction. There’s no point in trying do anything that avoids going over the fiscal cliff/sequestration. Remember, the deal that got us to this point was agreed to by House Republicans, Senate Democrats and signed by Obama. That’s as bi-partisan as it gets. I’ve heard from squishy low information voters, Obama and the media that “bi-partisan problem solving” is the Holy Grail of politics. Well, here it is.
Will it lead to massive disruptions? Yes. That’s the point. The current system is rigged against conservative. We should play no part in its perpetuation. If you can’t win the game, concede and start new one. That’s the heart of Let It Burn.
This isn’t some petty “I lost so I’m taking my ball and going home” tirade. This is what people want. It’s simply not sustainable. If we can’t stop them, we don’t have to continue to enable them either.
After 2010 I had some hope that we might be able to turn this massive welfare state around. The full implementation of ObamaCare means that isn’t going to happen. At least not absent a total collapse of our fiscal house of cards.
Let It Burn isn’t an option, it’s an eventuality. The questions are will we be complicit in it any longer and do we want to delay it? I say no. Let the liberals own it. Very few things are made better by delaying the day of inevitable reckoning.
The sooner it burns, the sooner we can try and rebuild.
Aggie and I (and some of you, I suppose) have felt similarly since the election—though I’ve preferred H. L. Mencken’s observation that “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” (Mencken also wrote “Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.” Which, coincidentally, is the slogan of Ace of Spades, whence comes this piece.)
Far from anticipating a future feeling of schadenfreude, I’m saddened. I probably have enough tea bags and dog food to see me and the Bloodthirsty Puppy through our days—but my kids have to live in the ashes of the coming conflagration. Or huddle around the pale flame of the trash can fire.
We tried. We could have tried harder, I suppose, but it wouldn’t have mattered. The country elected the government it wanted, and deserves to get it good hand hard.