Fifty years after JFK’s inaugural: left-on-left violence, ideological pornography.
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And of course, step three in all this is that “reform” of X translates into a hardened bureaucracy, a bureaucracy quickly unionized, highly paid and declared off-limits from taxpayers across the country who are being bled dry financially by the same philosophy with their state and local governments. American states are now headed to bankruptcy precisely because they have followed the thinking Krugman advocates. And, in turn, this has birthed the Tea Party.
Krugman also says of the differences between conservatives and the Left:
One side of American politics considers the modern welfare state — a private-enterprise economy, but one in which society’s winners are taxed to pay for a social safety net — morally superior to the capitalism red in tooth and claw we had before the New Deal. It’s only right, this side believes, for the affluent to help the less fortunate.
The other side believes that people have a right to keep what they earn, and that taxing them to support others, no matter how needy, amounts to theft. That’s what lies behind the modern right’s fondness for violent rhetoric: many activists on the right really do see taxes and regulation as tyrannical impositions on their liberty.”
This is bizarre. Do conservatives believe in freedom and liberty? Absolutely. But conservatives also believe that the left deeply opposes economic growth out of a desire to control, a greed for power and money to be secured by the creation of a massive class of economic dependents. It is, as the late Jack Kemp often said, natural for human beings to desire to better their condition. A tendency liberals are determined to fight because this implies the obvious — independence from the government. Krugman and his fellow liberals exhibit not compassion but an insatiable lust “red in tooth and claw” for raw political power and the money that comes from that control — control over people’s lives that is won by pitting race against race, rich against poor, producer against consumer and so on and so on. It is a bitterly zero-sum, cold-hearted and cynical view of the world, built on a platform of arrogance, elitist condescension, racial manipulation and topped off by the threat of violence if the rest of us refuse to cooperate.
To oppose any of this effectively, or, to oppose the Left’s agenda in the field of national security and foreign policy, is to directly risk summoning that violence — which is why at this minute former Governor Sarah Palin is being swamped with death threats. It is why European capitals from London to Athens are engulfed in violence or murderous riots.
A young man named David Keene, who would later become a respected conservative leader as head of the American Conservative Union and the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), had the audacity to say something in his testimony to the President’s Commission on Campus Unrest in 1970 that surely made the liberal members of the commission squirm:
This tendency to justify violence by pointing to policies one disagrees with symbolizes more than anything else the rejection of the democratic process by a significant number of students on the Left. They, and many who listen to them, seem to have developed an essentially Latin American conception of what the democratic process is all about. They think democracy is fine so long as it works, which of course means so long as the policies they favor are adopted, but reject it when they don’t like the results.
John F. Kennedy’s great friend, the Pulitzer Prize winner (and JFK liberal) Theodore White, author of the classic The Making of the President series, gradually, to his evident shock, came to this conclusion himself. In his later years White, who died in 1986, would recall talking to a black, leftist reporter for an unidentified New York paper (hmmm) in 1964. The subject: the news that leftist demonstrators were considering blocking physical access to the opening of the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadow, New York. The story was much in the news, the World’s Fair set to become a considerable tourist attraction. President Lyndon Johnson would be attending along with a parade of dignitaries. Said the leftist reporter to White of the chaos that could ensue, endangering lives:
You don’t understand. If a thousand innocent people have to be killed…if that’s the way it has to be, well, that’s the way it has to be.
It was a snapshot of the Left’s attitude towards political violence, just as Keene would note several years later in his testimony on the Left’s political violence on what were, after all, college campuses run by left-wing academics. Whether it was the left excusing the 1965 Watts riots by leftist blacks in Los Angeles or Krugman’s own New York Times excusing the 1992 riots in Los Angeles as being brought about by “decades of rage” or the repeated excuses for campus violence or anti-war violence — if there was leftist violence to be had it was always because policy or politician X was at fault. The perpetrators themselves were blameless.
This attitude, refreshed these last several days by the New York Times and Times columnist Krugman and the MSNBC cast among others, is what political professionals eventually realized was turning “Kennedy Democrats” into “Reagan Democrats.”
It should not be forgotten that just three years after JFK’s murder, California Democrats helped Ronald Reagan to a landslide as governor in 1966. In 1968 they swarmed to Bobby Kennedy in the California Democratic presidential primary — for the same reason. It is forgotten that RFK was perceived in the day as was Reagan and JFK — the champion of working class Americans.
This perceived Kennedy strength brought Reagan Democrats back into the fold to help him to his last presidential primary victory — a victory that came just moments before Kennedy was himself slain by — yes — another violent leftist, this time the pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel Sirhan Sirhan. Not long afterwards, at a gathering of the leftist Weathermen at a “National War Council” the group chanted “Sirhan Sirhan power” in hall decorated with a cardboard machine gun. Further down the political road, in 2008, Sean Hannity obtained a rare copy of a 1974 book by Obama friend Bill Ayers — he of the terrorist Weather Underground — dedicated to: Sirhan Sirhan. Robert Kennedy’s assassin.
There is a direct line running straight from Marxist Lee Harvey Oswald’s rifle scope in the Dallas of 1963 to the 1960’s leftist black riots in Watts (Los Angeles), Newark and Detroit, the assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy; and the leftist student violence at institutions like Columbia University and Harvard. And beyond to the ACORN intimidation tactics of recent vintage. And the excuse-making for that violence and intimidation exhibited then and now.
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