As usual, AOSHQ finds think-stuff which rings bells.
Vigorous civilizations pursue meaningful risks. Decadent civilizations pursue meaningless ones. For a vigorous civilization, adventure ends with an accomplishment. For a decadent civilization, risk is the accomplishment.
The decadent civilization obsessively manages risk. Its layers of government are mainly dedicated to that task. Accomplishment in a decadent civilization becomes a difficult task because of the many lawyers of corporate and government risk management standing in the way of getting anything done.
Fear is the true currency of the decadent civilization. A corrupted fear that is used to expand a vast bureaucracy that claims to manage risk, but in reality manages who is allowed to circumvent it. . .AOSHQ quoting D Greenfield
A while back, I sent my State Leggie a memorandum which could be summed up in Breitbart's immortal phrase: "F**K YOU. WAR!!" Even though he's a member of the large-majority Party in the Legislature, he doesn't understand that one does not fight a war by dancing around in pink tu-tus and making nice-nice.
IOW, make the Democrats assume the risk. Play offense, hard. Don't look back.