9 predictions for 2014

1. The Mudcat paradigm: New Democrats appear heading into 2016. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) takes back the Jacksonian fire awakened by Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) in 2006, stolen and squandered by Republicans. Likewise for Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D). They bring animal spirits.

Democrats must begin to engage the 2,800 miles between Los Angeles and the Jersey shore that the current crop of miscreants considers “fly over.” “Whistling past Dixie” has brought the heartland to the edge of revolution. Steve Jardin and Dave “Mudcat” Saunders present a better path in their book: Foxes in the Henhouse: How the Republicans Stole the South and the Heartland and What the Democrats Must Do to Run 'em Out, a handbook for Jacksonian revival.

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What occurs today runs parallel to that which occurred around 1829, when the rustic frontier man Andrew Jackson came to office. Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the high-minded colonials dreaded the rise of Jackson and the enfranchisement of the common frontier people. It marked the end of the Colonial period and the influence of elites of Boston, Virginia and New York. Today the establishment is similarly disenfranchised as the heartland states demand their say with the rise of the Tea Party.

Democrats can no longer remain the party of urban hipsters, celebrities and effete global billionaires touting egalitarianism. They must do exactly what the disenfranchised establishment did in the mid-1800s after Jackson: go country. Saunders and Jardin bring the antidote.

2. “I fly to New York and I realize I'm in a Third World airport. Then I get into a Third World taxi onto a Third World highway” investor Jim Rogers said recently in a Barron’s interview. New York City and environs continue their descent as demographics and economy head west. This drags down the Clintons. The planned '60s restoration with Bill as a farcical Lord Jim, messiah to all Third World yearnings, with Bob Geldof and the Boomtown Rats in tow, while the missus gloats back home in the Oval Office, is puerile. New York is no longer the center of world investment or opinion, nor does it have much interest in America east of Los Angeles. It hovers between conspicuous contempt and outright loathing. New York will move to become an independent city-state within a decade, and so will the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, where rumors already surface.

3. Top-shelf Fox Business commentators — Stuart Varney, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Charles Payne, Elizabeth MacDonald, Neil Cavuto — reflecting the cohesive rise of 30 heartland Republican governors, rise in status to establish a new political “center” for America.

4. Ron Paul rises to senior mentor, with conservatives advancing a libertarian perspective and Austrian economics and bringing conservatives new thinking and new outlook as military issues rise in Asia. 

5. Libertarians rise, and neocons recede. Disasters multiply abroad as this week, militants take back Fallujah in Iraq. The sheer, catastrophic incompetence of Bush/Cheney and the neocons (including cheering nostalgico Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.) so manifest in Iraq advances libertarians. Israel, free from American meddling, awakens.

6. Small states: Singapore, Switzerland, Israel rise in wealth and well being. Globalization: Washington/N.Y.-based world cultural dominance recedes. Leviathan models of centralized governance yield to dynamic smaller models — in the U.S. too.

7. States rise in influence vis-a-vis the federal government, enhancing the status of governors.

8. America gazes south, to Mexico and beyond, bringing auspicious investment opportunities.

9. Two thousand five hundred Marines move to Australia. The Anglosphere begins to find a new, historic form.