Kung Fu Monkey asks the question.
All to say — what happens when the Socialist Nightmare never arrives? I mean, it’s been a useful shadow threat for years, a lurking monster that lost a little power after the fall of the Soviet Union, but still had some spark thanks to several generations raised with a primal reaction to the very word. It was the last big wrench in the toolbox, and not one you wanted to pull out ot often.
But the best monsters are always the ones just offscreen. In their thrashing for purchase against Senator Obama, Senator McCain’s campaign may have over-reached. An awful lot of conservative leaders have declared that an Obama presidency is October 22, 1844 in the great battle of freedom versus socialism. Interesting to see what happens when the people who’ve been fed a steady diet of terror images — state-run medical care with month-long waits, abortion kiosks in the mall and forced gay-friendly kindergarten education — encounter instead a higher minimum wage, guaranteed health care, and the occasional bit of science-based policy.
As Kurtz said, “The horror! The horror!”