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Jan. 25, 2010
/ 10 Shevat 5770
The Lost Libs
With Scott Brown's election to the senatorial seat held by
Edward Kennedy for 47 years, a few things are suddenly clear. Americans
in large numbers fear a further government encroachment on our private
health care system. There are other means of reforming it. Americans do
not want to bear higher tax burdens, more profligate government spending
or crushing deficits to be borne by future generations. One other thing
is clear. For the most part, the American press is not very informative.
When Bill Clinton went up to Massachusetts to campaign for the
Democratic candidate, not one mainstream news organization reported what
is a matter of cold fact, to wit, when Bill Clinton campaigns for
others, they lose. In fact, when Clinton was president, the Democratic
Party mostly lost. In 2004, as I reported in my 2007 book on Clinton in
retirement, of the 14 Democrats Clinton campaigned for, 12 lost. He was
not even able to campaign successfully for his pal Terry McAuliffe's
gubernatorial bid in Virginia last year. Equally unhelpful is outside
campaigning from the Prophet Obama. He was no help for Democratic
candidates in the recent elections in New Jersey and Virginia. Right
now, Obama's presidency is a failed presidency. Nowhere in the
mainstream media is that reported in their one-year assessments of his
presidency. Yet it is now thunderously clear.
There are still wisenheimers out there who will say that this very
clever president will now recalculate and change course. He will steal
to the center. His Democrats will follow. Truth be known, the Democrats
led by Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are no likelier to change
course than the artistes of the Grateful Dead were ever likely to take
up aerobics, join Alcoholics Anonymous and resort to golf before they
all died years short of the average longevity for an adult American
male. The Democrats vote the way they do because they are captives of a
culture, the youth culture of the 1960s, a culture that has endured and
aged but never smartened up.
This week, in a very funny segment of his radio show, Rush Limbaugh made
a very pertinent point. He did so after playing what he called
"patriotic music," in this case the Venezuelan national anthem, which
sounded as though it was being performed by a large orchestra of kazoos.
Then Rush referred to the "1960s hippies who govern us." Given to
amusing hyperbole as he is, El Rushbo was not far off. Most of the real
1960s hippies are doddering around in early retirement (retirement from
life spent on park benches) or long ago served as crepes suzette for the
worms. Sure, one or two of the left-wing Democrats in Congress might
have been hippies once one can envisage a longhaired Henry Waxman
shuffling through Haight-Ashbury in bell-bottoms and Jesus sandals
but today's dominant Democrats in Congress, for a certitude, have been
hippie fellow travelers since their troubled youths in the 1960s and
early 1970s. They have lived ever since in a closed society, closed to
the realities of the Ronald Reagan and post-Reagan years.
The Prophet Obama may be a bit too young to have joined what, in the
late 1960s and early 1970s, was called the New Left, but his mentors,
the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and the late Saul Alinsky, were true believers.
They saw America as a failed state years ago, and the president agrees.
Remember his extraordinary statement last April to 2,000 Europeans at
his Strasbourg, France, town hall? "In America," he said, "there's a
failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world. Instead of
celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet
common challenges, there have been times where America has shown
arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive." This is vintage 1960s
left-wingery. Jimmy Carter was the first former president to speak ill
of a sitting president while on foreign soil. Obama now has surpassed
him. He is the first sitting president to speak ill of
America while on foreign soil, and he has done so repeatedly.
Most probably the president sees nothing wrong with this sort of
diminishment of his country. Most probably the Democratic leadership
sees nothing wrong with it, either. Liberals like them get elected not
because they understand Americans, but because they understand American
journalists, who also are part of their 1960s culture. Yet it is a
culture from an America of long ago. As even Massachusetts demonstrated
this week, most Americans believe Americans know how to solve their
problems through initiative, limited government and hard work, not
through the nanny state.
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