It looks like this:
Given present developments issuing in some of the outcomes just listed [ed note: the outcomes refer to ideological sorting out of the electorate into a conservative party and a liberal party], it really is imaginable that a series of crises could lead either to the 1) dissolution of the U.S. and the creation of new confederations (but likely without a major civil war), or to 2) a series of right-wing “emergency” dictatorships that purport to want to return us to true constitutionalism. Perhaps just as imaginable, and not requiring crises, would be the gradual implementation of a 3) leftist or “liberal-tarian” Soft Despotism in which the citizens are totally dependent upon government, and discouraged from exercising any meaningful associational liberty, including religious liberty of the non-privatized sort.
I can imagine one of these scenarios occurring within 50 years, perhaps even 30.
NRO-bot at PoMoCon BlogThe end, apparently, is near. That's a recurrent theme in conservative counter culture. But all is not lost. There is a solution to this dire situation that is kinda Marxist at its base. And it goes like this: Things get so (bad, tyrannical, ungood, etc) that Americans decide, naturally, en masse to become far right wing ideologues and dissolve the administrative state. This "peaceful revolution" of the proletariat- so to speak, returns the nation to the good ol' days (that never really existed). And a Conservative Utopia - whatever that means, ensues freeing mankind.
In this regard, Right Wingers hold the salvation of the human race in their hands, but, ironically, only at the right moment in history will the rest of the nation come to understand this fact. Until that date comes they are largely ignored.
As to the timing of that date, wingers debate when it will occur. "Will Obamacare be so (bad, tyrannical, ungood, etc) that it triggers the "Eureka" moment that causes the revolution to occur. Some, and I am specifically thinking about a Romney Landslide predicting Right Wing Professor thought so. But it didn't happen (again, sigh).
Maybe its kinda like the Bible when it says "hey asshole don't go trying to predict the exact date that the Savior is to return, because you will FAIL. I am SERIOUS. Don't do it LOSER." That verse is from the brand new version that's coming out soon. Maybe it is predictable and you can predict that:
(health insurance regs + greenhouse regs + fillintheblank-gate) x Obama = RevolutionBut just maybe (ordinary) shit happens every day that is not a big deal in the larger scheme of things. The Government enacts public sanitation laws that in essence impose restroom MANDATES on everyone. This may seem tyrannical and the conservatives of the day certainly thought so, but in hindsight these mandates weren't a bad thing - especially if it means your Papaw did not die a senseless death during childhood due to lack of public sanitation.
That he lived to adulthood means that you are here today and are FREE to bitch about whatever it is that gets you worked into a tizzy. And yes even though the government IMPOSED public sanitation laws 100 years ago, FREEDOM ain't dead (yet). The same will be true with health insurance regulation.
Anyway. That is one of the features of conservatism - you need to have something to be afraid of. Maybe this was a useful trait as the species evolved. Now that I think of it, I bet it was.
And so it goes.