The Left's 1942 compared 2017

By J.R. Dunn

Nineteen forty-two was the critical year of WWII.  During that year, four battles were fought that turned the fortunes of war in favor of the Allies.  At the beginning of the year, the Allies, reeling from the collapse of France and the ensuing Blitz, the loss of Greece and Crete, Hitler's invasion of Russia, Pearl Harbor, and the string of ensuing defeats across Asia and the Pacific, were facing universal catastrophe.  By the end of the year, the tide had turned on virtually all fronts, and the Allied cause was well on its way to victory.

At Midway in early June, the U.S. Navy reversed the previous six months of unbroken Japanese victories by sinking the core of the Japanese carrier fleet.  Four Imperial Navy fleet-carriers were sunk in two days and hundreds of seasoned pilots killed.  The Japanese Navy was never again to go on the offensive in the Central Pacific.

At Guadalcanal two months later, a Marine landing triggered a seesaw campaign that lasted into 1943, climaxing with the capping of the Japanese Army's advance across the Southwest Pacific and the beginning of the island-hopping campaign that returned the Pacific to Allied control.

In Russia, an idiotic German attempt to take Stalingrad for P.R. reasons began in late August.  It was to culminate in February 1943 with the complete destruction of the Wehrmacht's Sixth Army and the beginning of the Russian offensive that was to end only when Soviet tanks reached Berlin.

In October, the Second Battle of El Alamein sent Rommel's Afrika Korps fleeing Egypt in complete disarray, never to return.  At the opposite end of the North African littoral, a U.S. invasion code-named "Operation Torch" created a pincer that was to force the Axis out of Africa by the middle of next year.

Few epochs in history have ever witnessed such a cumulative change of fortunes in such a short time. But in times to come, 2017 may well be looked upon in the same way as regards the defeat of leftism in the Western world.

While certainly not as dramatic as the events of WWII, the political defeat of leftism may well be just as decisive.  It is, after all, the last surviving remnant of what historian John Lukacs called the "social-nationalist" ideologies, which include fascism, Nazism, Communism, and state Shinto.  Leftism is a survival of the politically diseased 20th century, remaining only due to social inertia and rabid indoctrination through education and the media.

It may finally be coming to the end of its string.  It's a fact easily drawn from recent history that these ideologies can maintain themselves only through brutal and unrelenting coercion.  Both fascism and communism ruled only through the pistol and barbed wire.  Liberalism, thanks to the rule of law and the checks and balances that constitute our political system, could not resort to these resources except in limited cases that immediately provoked mass revulsion.  So, unlike its brother ideologies, liberalism failed to maintain its rule over the long haul.  Even though it persuaded millions – perhaps even the majority of this country's citizenry – a large minority refused to accept it.  With ideologies, anything less than total acceptance is complete failure, followed by inevitable collapse. 

The past year may have marked the beginning of that collapse.  It's both worthwhile and a serious pleasure to list liberalism's defeats in 2017.

These victories are all unprecedented and unmatched.  They leave the political chessboard entirely transformed, changed so utterly that we have only an unclear vision of the what the endgame might be.

Never in my memory has leftism been so disarrayed and subdued.  The Democrats have no leadership; no money; no issues; and little more than psychotics, phonies, fanatics, and freaks in positions of power.  They appear to be basing their political strategy on the destruction of their bête noire, Donald Trump, the first great leader of this millennium, and so blind that they fail to see that it hasn't worked.

Never have opportunities for restoring full representative government been so promising.  Nothing is guaranteed.  Some of these victories may be turned around.  Some may be fumbled by an inept GOP or a clumsy conservative base (as in the case of Roy Moore).

But make no mistake: this is the left's worst nightmare.  The leftists' carriers have been sunk, their panzers abandoned and burning amid the desert sands and the snows of the steppes.  They have awoken from their fantasy world to find themselves on a darkling plain, alone and without friends.

Winston Churchill said, "Before El Alamein, we never had a victory.  Afterward, we never had a defeat."  This was an exaggeration that held within it a great truth.  We can look forward to plenty of Churchill's blood, toil, tears, and sweat, but now we can see clearly what victory over the dead hand of the left might look like.

For the first time in many decades, we can turn our eyes toward the bright sunlit uplands, where liberty reigns, and where each may abide by his vine and fig tree and be not afraid.