Meet Alexander Heffner, a pro-Occupy student who targets the first and praises the latter in a false Harvard story.
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The latter philosophy impoverishes entire populations, turns them into crippled wards of the state and has a horrifically cruel tie to some of the worst moments in human history. In its worst form, it has darkened human history in the more terrible guises of the bloody guillotine of the French Revolution, the Kristallnacht, concentration camps and Holocaust of Germany’s National Socialist German Workers Party, as well as the gulags of the now defunct Soviet Union. In its most benign form, whether it appears as American law like the Great Depression-inducing Smoot-Hawley tariff or “social responsibility” like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s political manipulations to give millions credit for mortgages they could not afford — the result of “social responsibility” has repeatedly been terrifying economic failures that are heartlessly cruel to millions led to believe the government was there to help them.
When Heffner’s naïve idealism calls for recapturing the energy of young people for the “collective good” one does not have to have attended Harvard to understand what will happen if he — and a re-elected President Obama — get their way. He is calling for a society that in practical operating fact is historically neither charitable nor fair. When he chastises Romney for being “averse to all controversy or confrontation” while at Harvard and not being one given to “rocking the boats” because he has a “go-along-to-get-along attitude that borders on the sycophantic” Heffner sees not the slightest irony.
Who, in fact is unwilling to rock the boat at Harvard right this minute and stand up for anything that challenges the school’s left-wing mind set? Decidedly, not Mr. Heffner. His doe-eyes for the “populist creed” of the Occupiers and all this “social responsibility” breathlessness is, if nothing else, most assuredly “sycophantic.” One can only imagine Mr. Heffner’s social fate at Harvard had he confronted the Harvard Occupiers with a sign bearing the words of capitalist and black man Herman Cain: “Get a job.” He’d be lucky to graduate without police protection.
It’s not simply embarrassing to see this kind of thought process emerging from the (theoretically, at least) best school in the nation — its telling.
Because it isn’t just Alexander Heffner who believes this.
It’s the Harvard-trained President of the United States.
Which is precisely why this country is rapidly becoming what it can only become based on such bad ideas. A place divided between those who went to Harvard or other outposts of leftwing academia and came out thinking like Alexander Heffner and Barack Obama.
And the rest of us.
You might call it “A Tale of Two Americas.”
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.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?