Funny that Derb should mention the old Gramsci phrase “the long march through the institutions.” I have been thinking about it for days. Yes, it was always a leftist strategy — to permeate and influence society beyond its official political offices to the obvious end of across the board power. Even when they were faced with what looked like the semi-permanent triumph of Reaganism, the Left knew to burrow into the bureacracies, many mainstream churches, the big foundations (Annenberg!) and, of course, the universities. (Our team burrowed into the investment banks, of which there are no more…) That’s not to mention the mainstream media and Hollywood. With the triumph of Obama and the new revelation that Bill Ayers is an a highly influential authority in the heretofore easily dismissed education departments, it seems clear that they that have succeeded pretty well.
Under the best of circumstances a president can only do so much about the liberal, self-perpetuating ”permanent government.” Ronald Reagan, who had fought communism in the union he headed, (the Screen Actors Guild) understood the problems of internal subversion perfectly well. He destroyed the liberal nexus in a few key government agencies by use of “R.I.F.s” — reduction in force — a putatively budget cutting process. Political appointees who shared his vision knew to keep files and carefully follow protocol to get rid of government employees who would impede his agenda.
Alas, the Bushes did no such thing. 41 was no conservative, and lacked the infighting instinct. 43 didn’t get it either — not even when his own CIA blindsided him. The Clintons, of course, got it just perfectly. That explains how it happens that the Civil Rights division of the Justice Department seems very little interested in voter fraud this year, even though there is evidence of significant amounts of it. You would think that after 8 years of a GOP president that department – and others — would be a bit more evenly staffed. If John McCain pulls it off and wins, a long march of his own would be a great response to what we have learned this campaign season about just how far left so many institutional pillars of society have become.