As I read George Neumayr’s excellent analysis in “Bitter Pill,” I began to ponder the Obama campaign and was struck with an awareness of how much like the story of the Pied Piper of Hamlin it is.
You remember. The people of Hamlin are facing difficulties in their community — economic and social — by an unprecedented increase in the number of rats among them.p>As the problem worsens, the Pied Piper comes to town, speaking eloquently of hope and change, and campaigns to be elected to the exalted position of “Savior of the Town,” promising to rid them of br> all of their problems. /p>
“Pied,” in case you don’t remember, means multicolored, allowing the people of Hamlin each to find his favorite color on the Piper and each to believe that the piper was there especially for him.
Well, the piper played his seductive tunes of hope and change and soon all of the rats were following him out of town toward and into the river.
Sadly, so, too, were all of the children of Hamlin.
The story ends with the duped citizens — so full of the audacity of hope during the campaign — now in the deepest despair as they watch their most precious resources — and their future — drown.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?