In advanced civilizations the period loosely called Alexandrian is usually associated with flexible morals, perfunctory religion, populist standards and cosmopolitan tastes, feminism, exotic cults, and the rapid turnover of high and low fads—in short, a falling away (which is all that decadence means) from the strictness of traditional rules, embodied in character and inforced from within. — Jacques Barzun
Liam, I couldn’t disagree more. I think the biggest untold story of the past decade has been the Communist takeover of the Democratic party. If you look at the agenda bruited by the CPUSA in the 1980s and 1990s, and compare it to the Democratic Party agenda today, you’ll see that they’re virtually identical. There is almost no overlap between today’s Democratic Party ideology and that of the liberalism of Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson.
I also think you’re dead wrong on your other points. I’ll pass over the point that he was elected by amassing vast campaign contributions from overseas sources in blatant violation of campaign laws and observe that one can disagree with a President and his policies without attacking democracy. Were those who attacked Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush thereby attacking democracy?
We do not live in a dictatorship, but in a republic of checks and balances. Obama’s election gives him the right to pursue his policies, but not a right to have them enacted. His opponents have the right, and, in this case, I would argue, a grave responsibility, to try to prevent their implementation.