So much about American society no longer makes sense — here’s a partial listing.
“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”
(Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)
It appears America has become that mad land Alice stumbled upon down the rabbit hole. There is so much about American society that no longer makes any sense. Up is down, black is white and right is wrong. We’ve witnessed the implementation of programs, policies and court opinions over the last several decades that defy commonsense and logic. And there appears to be no end in sight to the madness.
Consider that FDR’s New Deal created a government with an insatiable appetite for more money, more federal workers and more bureaucracy which are expended in the most wasteful manner. Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society programs incentivized unemployment and created generational dependence on government handouts. Jurists became activists by ignoring the Constitution and legislating from the bench.
There exists in Washington, D.C., today, a political climate that considers business evil, hard work to be without virtue, and individual liberty and freedom a plague that must be eliminated.
Time after time, government bureaucrats, politicians, academia, major news organizations and the cultural elite demonstrate themselves to be out of step and out of touch with the American people and their values.
Consider the following juxtapositions.
A country whose national character is typified by the great melting pot is continually being redefined by individuals who promote racial, ethnic, religious, and gender division.
Servicemen and women who are fighting a determined foe in Iraq and Afghanistan are undermined by service chiefs who announce the military’s number one strategic priority is not winning these wars but instead to achieve diversity in the ranks.
American businesses have shed millions of jobs due to inane economic policies while billions of taxpayer dollars are spent to subsidize “green jobs” that lead to nothing other than bloated government bureaucracy.
Washington, D.C. power brokers treat the AIG bailout as a national security matter by covering up details at the same time that the CIA’s counter-terrorism policies are widely publicized as if they were part of a national advertising campaign.
In Congress, the term “cut” is not a decrease in spending but is instead only a slight reduction in an expected spending increase that is well-beyond the inflation rate.
Government employees are among the most handsomely compensated in America even though the public sector is the most dysfunctional and inefficient component of our economy.
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?