Out of the Wilderness; By R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
The prepared text of remarks delivered at The American Spectator’s annual Robert L. Bartley Dinner in Washington, D.C. on November 9, 2010.
Well, I guess our Wilderness Years are over. They were very brief. I never even felt a chill. Conservatism’s undertakers had hardly finished their tales of Conservative Crack-Up and Conservative Demise when we were on the comeback trail. I think it began January 20, 2009. [February 19th, 2009 – in, of all places, Chicago.- Ed]
What this election has proved is that policy matters. Obama and Pelosi and Reid promised more government. Longer waits for healthcare. Large handouts. Money going into one pocket that was taken from another pocket. We cannot afford it. We want economic growth. The American people want growth. And we have come from the Wilderness to return the nation to the growth.
Out of the wilderness, but standing at a dangerous place.
The present administration, its czars and fellow travelers in the bureaucratic machines aren’t going quietly into that great ideological night. They are cornered and they are angry as their power and prestige are collapsing. Rather than defeat our enemies, they go after us with x-rays and rubber gloves. Rather than compete in the marketplace, they go after us with flimsy cars and mercury-filled lightbulbs and energy moratoria and falsified reports of our culpability for
global warming climate change environmental “disruption.” Rather than enhance American military and border security, they blithely let North Korea and Iran construct nuclear weapons as they let millions literally walk across our borders.