Dictionary.Com defines plebiscite as:
1. a direct vote of the qualified voters of a state in regard to some important public question.2. the vote by which the people of a political unit determine autonomy or affiliation with another country.
Americans will not only be voting for a president (and a House and a third of the Senate). They will be participating in a plebiscite on the definition of America.
If Americans re-elect the Democrat, Barack Obama, they will have announced that America should be like Western European countries — governed by left-wing values. Americans will have decided that America’s value system — “Liberty,” “In God We Trust,” “E Pluribus Unum” — should be replaced.
The election in November is therefore a plebiscite on the American Revolution. The usual description of presidential elections — “the most important in our lifetime” — is true this time. In fact, it may be the most important election since the Civil War, and possibly since America’s founding.
The left knows what is at stake. And the most left-wing president in American history knows what is at stake. Candidate Obama announced shortly before the 2008 election, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”
He described the left’s aim perfectly: to fundamentally transform America. It seeks to replace Liberty, In God We Trust, and E Pluribus Unum.
That is what “fundamentally transform” means. In fact, those words are proof that American values and leftist values are fundamentally opposed to one another.
The right, on the other hand, seeks to maintain America’s values. Conservatives want to improve America, but, as its name implies, conservatism seeks to conserve, not transform.
“Liberty” means, first and foremost, limited government — because bigger government means less individual liberty. “In God We Trust” means that America must be rooted in Creator-based values. There are no inalienable rights if no rights derive from God. And “E Pluribus Unum” means the assumption of an American identity by all citizens regardless of their racial, ethnic or national background.
The left seeks to replace Liberty with Equality. Material inequality is the great evil, and if individual liberty needs to be sacrificed to attain equality, so be it.
Creator-based values are to be replaced by government-based values. “God-fearing” is to be replaced by “State-fearing.” God must be removed from schools and wherever else the left can succeed in doing so.
“E Pluribus Unum” is to be replaced by multiculturalism. For leftism, the very words “American identity” conjure up chauvinism, if not fascism.
For these reasons, this election is not just a choice between a Democrat and a Republican. It is between Americanism and leftism.
If you agree with the way Mr. Prager has framed his argument, then maybe both of the above definitions of a plebiscite apply. The transformation that Obama and the Left want to make would mean that we would be giving up our autonomy to affiliate with this new country the Left is designing.
I would love to see this election be the plebiscite that Mr. Prager has described. However, I don’t think it will be. It may be that my understanding of a plebiscite is too narrow. To me it is not a plebiscite unless the entire electorate has a clear understanding of what is at stake. And, I don’t believe that is the case in America at this point in time. Polls tell us that about 27% of the electorate describe themselves as liberals. For sake of this discussion, I’m going to round that up to 30%. These die-hard liberals do know what is a stake. The same polls tell us that about 45% of the electorate describe themselves as conservatives. But, you and I know that not all who describe themselves as conservatives are really conservatives. So, I’m going to estimate that there are 30% true conservatives that also understand what is at stake in this election. Then by my reckoning, 40% do not understand what is at stake.
In my opinion, this will only be a plebiscite as described by Mr. Prager if Romney and the Republicans make it so. Mr. Prager believes:
Mitt Romney and the entire Republican Party need to describe this election as the plebiscite on America that it is. The most urgent task in American life is to make clear, and then repeat as often as possible: leftist values and American values are in conflict.
Nothing would make me happier than to see Mitt Romney and the Republicans to do exactly that. That is not going to happen, is it? Conventional wisdom says Romney needs to run in the middle if he is going to win. But, here is the question that weighs on my mind. If Romney runs in the middle and wins (very possible in my opinion), what will we have learned about where the majority of Americans stand? I would say not very much. What we won’t learn is if Romney could have won making this the plebiscite that Mr. Prager described.
I have very selfish reasons for wanting this to be Mr. Prager¡s plebiscite. I want to know once and for all if America has crossed the line from being a republic to being a democracy. If Mr. Romney should lose this plebiscite, then I could counsel my children and grandchildren on their options to make the best of this new reality. If Romney were to win this plebiscite, then he and the Republicans would have a clear mandate to begin moving this country back toward the ideals of our Founders. Wouldn’t you like to know where America really stands today?
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?