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