William Ward, writing in American Thinker, believes we have reached a decisive point in American politics. Libertarians and conservatives have reached death ground, that point in the battle from which there is no retreat.
In the face of such aggressive liberal grasps for American liberties, the majority conservative base is now starting to wake up and jump off the fence. People who once rebuked the Minuteman protesters for going to the US/Mexican border to protest lax immigration enforcement in 2004 are now themselves going to town halls and organizing Tea Party protests of their own, and public opinion polls are now taking decided shifts into traditionally conservative directions.
In short, the American conservative base has been marshaled onto the political equivalent of Sun Tzu's death ground, and the ideological pawns are finding fewer paths of retreat from the advancing onslaught of the liberal agenda.
Progressives know we're there. Consider Bill Clinton's words to the Netroots in Pittsburgh a couple of weeks ago.
“We have entered a new era of progressive politics which, if we do it right, can last 30 or 40 years,” Clinton said.
Doing it right means getting full control now. This is the crucial moment. If the libertarian and conservative voices demanding the preservation of our liberties can be overwhelmed now, they'll never heard from again. Read the entire essay. It's a good one.
Update: Per Drudge, Clinton knows what's at stake.
“We need to pass a bill this year. Doing nothing is not only the worst thing we can do for the economy, it’s the worst thing we can do for the country. It’s also the worst thing we can do for the Democrats,” Clinton said, because Americans expect Democrats to deliver when they elect them. (My emphasis).
He's wrong about one thing. This mess of a health care reform bill is not what Americans ever wanted or expected Democrats to deliver once they got into office. Passing this health care bill is unlikely to do anything good for the economy, and it will be the worst thing for a great many elderly Americans. If there are any savings to be had from health care reform they will be brought about by limiting treatment for seniors. If there are beneficiaries of passing this trillion dollar travesty, they are Democrats salivating at the opportunity to dole out money and benefits as they strive for a permanent grip on political power.