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December 10, 2012

What Does Let It Burn Mean?

As one of the first, if not the first, people to say Let It Burn, Iím clearly thrilled with the growing chorus of voices joining the movement.

Like any movement, there are true believers and Let It Burn In Name Only (LIBINO) types. Since itís never too early to purge a movement of its impure elements, let us lay out some key principles of Let It Burn.

1- America isnít a conservative country anymore and hasnít been for a while. Yes, you can point to lots of surveys that show people identify themselves as conservatives and they even say government should be doing fewer things.

The fact is, a conservative country doesnít ďaccidentallyĒ elect Barack Obama twice. It doesn't continue to send Democrats to the Senate who voted for ObamaCare and force the GOP to run as the saviors of Medicare.

People want the ever expanding welfare state, they simply donít want to have to pay for it. They are happy to pretend they can ďask the rich to pay a little moreĒ (it won't work) or to pile on debt for some generation to be born later to pay for it. What they are very clear about in their votes is...Ēdonít you dare touch my ďfreeĒ stuffĒ.

One foundation of conservatism is to see the world as it is, imperfections and all, and not the way we wish it to be. Unless we can admit the reality of the country we are living in, Let It Burn makes no sense.

If you think we're just one or two tactical moves and a great candidate away from political victory, you're not in the Let It Burn camp.

2- Gabe and several commenters yesterday wondered, why isnít Bob Corkerís ďtax cuts now, entitlements laterĒ idea consistent with Let It Burn?

The answer is simple: Itís a deliberate action is based on doing several things- raising taxes and then magically reforming entitlements.

Even if the GOP managed to "win" this standoff with Obama by generating more revenue through tax reform than hiking tax rates, who cares? We don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.

ďLet It BurnĒ is about inaction. Thereís no point in trying do anything that avoids going over the fiscal cliff/sequestration. Remember, the deal that got us to this point was agreed to by House Republicans, Senate Democrats and signed by Obama. Thatís as bi-partisan as it gets. Iíve heard from squishy low information voters, Obama and the media that ďbi-partisan problem solvingĒ is the Holy Grail of politics. Well, here it is.

Will it lead to massive disruptions? Yes. Thatís the point. The current system is rigged against conservative. We should play no part in its perpetuation. If you canít win the game, concede and start new one. Thatís the heart of Let It Burn.

This isn't some petty "I lost so I'm taking my ball and going home" tirade. This is what people want. It's simply not sustainable. If we can't stop them, we don't have to continue to enable them either.

Bill Kristol has a column attacking the Wall Street Journal for opposing any tax hikes. John Podhoretz challenges any conservative to argue with it. Well, I just did.

What Podhoretz should have done is challenge any Republican to argue against Kritolís analysis. That canít be done in a serious way.

We need to start disassociating conservatism from the GOP. Weíve tried it for 30 years. It hasnít worked.

Weíve tried to save the country from the folly of expanding liberalism and the country said, ďwe donít want to be savedĒ. Let It Burn just means letting them have what they want and rebuilding later.

After 2010 I had some hope that we might be able to turn this massive welfare state around. The full implementation of ObamaCare means that isnít going to happen. At least not absent a total collapse of our fiscal house of cards.
Let It Burn isnít an option, itís an eventuality. The questions are will we be complicit in it any longer and do we want to delay it? I say no. Let the liberals own it. Very few things are made better by delaying the day of inevitable reckoning.

The sooner it burns, the sooner we can try and rebuild.


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