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Much like the inauguration of our 40th
President, Ronald Reagan, the inauguration of President George W. Bush
on Saturday marked the end of a hostage crisis that has gripped the United
But while Reagan's inception marked the
end of the Iran hostage crisis, the beginning of the second Bush administration
marks the finale of the period during which the American people have been
held hostage by the ultra-liberal wing of the Democratic Party. Or, as
political commentator William Kristol so eloquently stated, "Our long national
nightmare is over."
Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh occasionally
comments on being asked what he would talk about on his show without the
Clinton administration to kick around, and similar questions have been
posed to me over the last few weeks. As Limbaugh points out, just because
liberals are no longer in power does not mean they'll go away completely
-- we're not that lucky.
My job as a conservative columnist is not
complete until every person in America agrees with me, so as long as liberals
still exist, I will still have plenty to write about. If the inauguration
festivities of Saturday are any indication, it looks to be an amusing four
years in conservative punditry.
Liberals are consistently more amusing
when they are out of power. When they occupy the White House or Congress,
their wacky ideas get attached to legislation -- and they become dangerous.
But, when they no longer occupy positions of power, they take to the streets
in the most hilarious displays of idiocy imaginable.
Take the inauguration, for instance: While
Republicans and conservatives were celebrating victory with parties and
a parade, liberal protesters took to the street to whine about their defeat.
They spouted protest chants like, "George
Bush, go away! Racist, sexist, anti-gay!" and held signs sporting such
profound sayings as "Hail to the Thief."
When liberals take office, the politicians
take over, and we get a more sublimated version the ideology. But when
they finally leave power, the liberal party is turned back over to hippie
college students, environmentalist wackos (Green Peace), feminists (NOW)
and the crazy animal rights movement (PETA).
We no longer get substantive policy speeches
from liberal political figures -- we get global marches for nuclear disarmament,
logging protests in the form of naked tree-sitting, animal-rights nuts
throwing paint on fur coats, feminist protests and sit-ins, and long-haired
hippie college students staging asinine events at every imaginable place.
This is endlessly more amusing than anything
that has happened in the past eight years. This is true liberalism in action
-- and columnists like myself simply sit back and laugh and write.
The confirmation hearings for Attorney
General-designate John Ashcroft are likely indicative of the problems that
will surround the Democrats for the next two to four years.
Sen. Ted Kennedy leveled both barrels at
Ashcroft in frustration, yet it appears his attacks will go unheard. Ashcroft
will be confirmed with ease, and conservatism will again regain control
of the Justice Department.
Without control of any government branch,
liberals will be able to make a lot of noise in opposition -- but, in the
end, they will be powerless to stop the second conservative revolution
in a decade.
This is one of the many reasons I am looking
forward to the next four years. Not only are the conservatives in complete
control of the government, but, in their desperate attempt to grapple back
into power, liberals will be far more fun to ridicule.