Entrepreneur/Super-Mom fears an Obama victory.
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How bad could a second Obama term in office be?
Whether he wins or not, Dodie’s children all say that they expect to continue to do well. “Oh, ma, you’re just overreacting,” they tell her. “You worry too much.”
Dodie thinks otherwise. With the accumulation of mistakes and misjudgments that would ensue from a second Obama victory, she foresees a killer recession — perhaps even a full depression — in which no jobs will be safe. What is the likelihood — she asks her math-whiz son at Cornell — a bankrupt government will be able to fund your experiments in advanced robotics?
However, if there is one issue that trumps all others in Dodie’s mind, it is the danger to freedom, even more than the danger to the economy. She thinks her own children have not begun to recognize how much of their freedom they have already lost through the silencing of any real dissent to current government policies in many quarters — on college campuses, in the mainstream media, and even in everyday speech among friends — through the self-censorship imposed by political correctness.
At the free-market think tank where I work on a part-time basis as a resident fellow and senior writer, one of my colleagues argues that it really doesn’t matter how biased and pro-Obama the mainstream media have become, since everyone selects his or her cup of tea in today’s informational tea house: Whether a person’s tastes run to the left or the right, or somewhere in between, everyone has plenty of choice, according to this argument.
Not so, my sister counters. As someone who has spent a good deal of time on college campuses over the past decade in the company of her children and their friends, she says: “If you are on a campus today, no one dares to admit to following anything other than the mainstream media or something on the left. To admit to listening to Rush Limbaugh or to watching Fox news is to invite others to mock you for your stupidity. None of my kids wants to be a pariah.”
She adds that the exact same point applies at the upper middle-class public high school where her youngest child is enrolled.
Though most parents are unconcerned, Dodie is shocked that the standard-issue Advancement Placement textbooks used at the high school (the third and sixth editions of World Civilizations) speak in generally glowing terms of the supposed accomplishments of Josef Stalin and Mao Zedong, while glossing over the fact that Stalin and Mao slaughtered millions of their own people.
The latter edition of the textbook mentions “the messy transition period” following Stalin’s forced collectivization of agriculture in the Soviet Union in 1928, and it goes on to say, “If Stalin’s approach to agriculture had serious flaws, his handling of industry was in most ways a stunning success.”
To call Stalin’s handling of industry “a stunning success” is, in itself, a stunning falsehood. But to speak of “serious flaws” and a “messy transition period” in his war against the Russian and Ukrainian landlords and peasantry is to bend history beyond the breaking point — to a blatant misrepresentation of the past. What Stalin did was to unleash famine on a scale that killed as many as 20 million people or more.
Mao — a butcher and famine-maker on an even greater scale — is treated in World Civilizations as an idealist and a communist hero who “clung to his faith in the peasants… as the repository of basic virtue” and who went out of his way to champion the rights of women (“Women in the Revolutionary Struggles for Social Justice” is the title of one section the chapter dealing with Mao”).
“This is what they are teaching in our schools today,” Dodie cries in disbelief. “It’s no different than the Holocaust deniers or what (Iranian President) Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is saying.”
Let us hope our nation is not serenely and heedlessly racing to its own destruction — as the Titanic did a hundred years ago.
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?