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Liberalism's Last Croak

  1. AnnCee profile image80
    AnnCeeposted 5 years ago

    WASHINGTON -- While inspecting the body politic, one encounters one clear sign that Liberalism is dead. It is the condition of our political discourse. Polite commentators note that the dialogue is "rancorous." Some say toxic. Actually it is worse than that. It is nonexistent.

    From the right, from the sophisticated right, there is an attempt to engage the Liberals. Budget Chairman Paul Ryan just did it by presenting a budget that cried out for intelligent response. President Barack Obama's response was to invite Chairman Ryan to sit in the front row for Obama's "fiscal policy" speech at George Washington University. There, Obama heaped scorn on an astonished Ryan and his work. He did not even mention Ryan's name. This is what Obama calls an "adult" debate?

    From the rest of the Liberals there is generally silence. They prattle on about Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin, but they pay almost no heed to the think tanks on the right, to their journals of opinion, or to the writers and figures of heft. The Liberals are dead.

    There are the zombies out there. Well-known politicians such as Al Gore or writers such as the New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, who howls about the Heritage Foundation while fudging that think tank's findings or about the aforementioned Ryan, but there is no one capable of engaging the serious conservatives. None even tries.

    Their idea of dialogue amounts to hurling what are lines fit for a bumper sticker—"I Am a Citizen of the World" or "War Is Not the Answer." Or perhaps they hurl a slur—conservatives are "extreme," though by now the conservatives have been around for decades and running the country more frequently than not: the Reagan Administration, Bush Administration, and the Gingrich Congress. Have the Liberals not noticed this?

    As I say, Liberalism is dead. . . .

    http://spectator.org/archives/2011/04/2 … eath-croak

    No Patrick Moynihans left.  Just dumbed down zombies.

    1. DTR0005 profile image85
      DTR0005posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      oh god - it is

    2. Ron Montgomery profile image61
      Ron Montgomeryposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Damn funny stuff.

      You may want to understand the term conservative before you disparage that term with the examples you have presented.

  2. BillyDRitchie profile image60
    BillyDRitchieposted 5 years ago

    Be careful with this.  The prediction that liberalism is dead was made just prior to Bill Clinton being elected, and now we have a guy in the White House who makes conservatives long for the good old days of the Clinton administration.

    Liberalism will never die, it will just keep jerking back to life like Freddy or Jason and have to be beat down again.....

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      Brenda Durhamposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Yep.  The frogs are now so audacious they jump into the boiling water and don't even bother to jump out.

      1. AnnCee profile image80
        AnnCeeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Audacious?  Unconscious.  Conditioned. 


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          Brenda Durhamposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          You may be right.  Maybe they are just misled....

        2. John Holden profile image59
          John Holdenposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Yes you can, can't you Ann!

  3. lovemychris profile image79
    lovemychrisposted 5 years ago

    I got a new boyfriend today!