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THE IDEOLOGY OF ADOLESCENCE
Re: Jeffrey Lord’s The Real Van Jones Scandal: Why Glenn Beck Is Right:
I remember when George W. was inaugurated how relieved I was that the grown-ups had returned to take charge of our affairs. The sense of a mature seriousness and purpose were palpable and quite a relief after the eight years of Clintonian histrionics, sloganeering and the myriad other neuroses of liberalism. Gone overnight were the childish responsibility avoidance, blame shifting, name calling and “he made me do it” finger pointing. It was as if the adults had reentered the room to still the chaos. As Mr. Lord aptly recounts, the same palpable sense of serious leadership obtained during the Reagan presidency from day one after the mad tea-party antics of the Carter years. It is not for nothing the Iranians released the embassy hostages on that day. Even they sensed serious men were now in charge. Is there a pattern here?
I think so. I have said for 25 years that Liberalism is the ideology of adolescence. A perpetual, preserved-under-glass adolescence. Talk to any liberal, even an ostensibly grown up one, and it’s like talking to a teenager. Or examine any of their Big Ideas and they are all, at bottom, founded on a “life isn’t fair” complaint and determination to make the unfairness go away by any means necessary, if necessary. And it always is because life’s realities don’t go away, all of the whining and complaining notwithstanding. As Margaret Thatcher said, “the facts of life are conservative.” Contemporary Liberalism itself is the outgrowth of the emotional and intellectual immaturity of approximately half the ‘60 baby boomers, the spoiled half, who began by trashing their own college refuges from the war and just about every other American institution and then went on their long march to seize and remake them. For our liberal boomers it is ever the Summer of Love or Days of Rage, depending on who’s ascendant in the government. Either way the country is subjected to their childish drive to have chocolate cake and ice cream every day and nobody has to do chores or go to school or inflicted on the body politic are the crying fits of spoiled brats demanding they be taken seriously and run the show again. But no matter what, for at least 30 years or so, about half our electorate and their leaders alternately promise pie in the sky or stamp their feet and hold their breath.
Like the duality of any enthusiastic adolescent given a little
power and authority our little liberal rascals are quick to abuse
the power while neglecting their rightful duties. Again, take
your average modern 17-year-old, please. He expects to use the
family car at will but must yet be told twice weekly, as he has
had to be told for years, to take out the garbage lest he
“forget” and the garbage pile up. So the fulfillment of his
duties becomes the responsibility of someone else. And then he
indignantly demands his own car on his parents’ dime because,
after all, it’s demeaning for a 17 year old in this day and age
to have to ask for permission. Should he be given a car that will
only instill a greater sense of self-importance and nullify, in
his mind, the now unreasonable demand he take out the garbage at
all. Because, after all, is he not now more grown up? And so it
goes and how it is we have an administration who alternately
elevates ranting loons, tax cheats and other poseurs to newly
created political offices building the New Utopia while roughly
half the positions in the workaday offices that actually attempt
to get something done go unfilled.
— Mark Shepler
Of course, the White House knew about Jones’s past and ideology. They recruited him. They swooned over him.
He had the creds Obama wanted: Marxist, anti-American, anti-Republican, anti-Bush, anti-conservative, anti-capitalist, economic reconstructionist, eco-religionist, racist and race-baiter, liar, demagogue, community organizer, know-it-all and arrogance.
But to me, the real scandal is that 69 million or so of the electorate, through ignorance and/or hatred of George W. Bush, installed a Marxist who would hire someone like Jones and who, it seems, has no respect for the Office of the Presidency he holds and our country that he’s supposed to represent.
Obama and his troupe continue to reveal the real color of their brand of change. For example, Sunday morning, Obama’s mouthpieces David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs were on, respectively, “Meet the Press” and “This Week.” They offered no criticism and/or condemnation of Jones. That shouldn’t be news, given how, during this flap, Obama never did.
And Barack Hussein Obama continues to reveal that he wasn’t,
isn’t and won’t remotely be a centrist, regardless of how many
times he claims to be, or how much the state-controlled media
insists he is.
— C. Kenna Amos Jr.
Princeton , West Virginia
I was going to read your article then I saw the obscene hate pop-up and left. Now I know you guys are partisan hacks without the common sense to employ reason over ignorant hype.
At some point you and everyone else on BOTH extremes (yes, you
are an extremist if you use antagonistic anti-left rhetoric) is
either going to have to take a breath and try to act like
— Jesse Putnam
Has it occurred to anyone that the powers that be in this
particular White House want Van Jones precisely because of his
— Gretchen L. Chellson
OUR CULTURE IMPERIALISM
Re: Doug Bandow’s Killing Girls Is Bad, Killing Boys Is Okay:
“Obviously, there’s work to be done in both India and China, because the infanticide rate of girl babies is still overwhelmingly high….”
More cultural imperialism from the white-skinned she-devil!
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?
H/T to National Review Online