Hostess Bakers union, Newsweek editors and the liberal lemming phenomenon.
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Take Mainline Protestant Churches. The Episcopalians, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Methodists and United Church of Christ among others.
Once a central pillar of Protestant America — not to mention of America itself as we are reminded this Thanksgiving week with celebrations of the Pilgrims — these denominations have been in a slow but certain decline since the 1960s. In the forty-five years between 1960 and 2005, the Mainline denominations lost some ten million members. In 1970 they were 30% of the American population; by 2009 they had dropped to 15% — and are headed slowly down, down, down. Individual churches struggle simply to stay alive, when they aren’t shuttering their doors outright.
What caused this? It’s no accident that the denominational declines coincide exactly with the rise of the far-left in America. Without consultation with their own members, church leaders struck out on journey into the wilds of far-left politics, confusing God with leftist politics.
Exactly as with the bakers and the editors, the men and women of the cloth simply denied the facts, blaming their failures on anything but their own liberalism, as seen here in this jewel from the Episcopal News Service.
Result: Whole liberal-led denominations — hundreds of years old — are now headed down the path of Twinkicide.
Then there’s the Twinkicide of the public school system.
Here we are in the 21st century. Technology and American innovation and freedom have provided new opportunities for basic education in the form of charter schools, school vouchers, home schooling and public schools.
What is the reaction of the teachers’ unions? To throw themselves in front of the progress train, demanding ever greater resources even as their own union rules slowly strangle the quality of public schools, make it impossible to fire incompetent teachers (can you say “rubber rooms”?) and, most glaringly and unforgivingly, ruin the lives of kids trapped in these hell holes through no fault of their own.
So the credibility of good teachers dwindle because of horrendous decisions by their liberal union leaders. And meanwhile the public school systems slowly tank.
Result: The Twinkicide of the American public school system.
Then there’s the state of California.
The place is a disaster. Once a rich state, the center of the American universe with California Dreamin’ an anthem to the state’s magnet-like ability to draw people from not only around the country but the world to its glamorous precincts, it is now busily driving people away as it slowly sinks. Sinks into a morass of high taxes, out-of-control debt, lousy schools and fleeing businesses. Only this month Governor Jerry Brown sold his tax-addicted constituents that yes, what California needed was another tax! Up went taxes — again — on higher incomes, while a sales tax increase was approved for everyone. The state has a $16 billion deficit while carrying the highest debt load of any state in the nation — $618 billion. Notes the Weekly Standard’s Charlotte Allen:
That latter amount includes up to $500 billion in unfunded pension liabilities for 220,000 state employees plus billions in unpaid bills, delayed payments to schools, and amounts raided from dedicated funds to cover general expenses.
All of these woes and more are sending the state headlong into a swan dive in an empty concrete swimming pool. Will the liberals who have managed this debacle change course? Admit liberalism is driving the state inevitably, nor to mention faster by the day, into bankruptcy? Are you kidding? They would prefer… all together now…
Twinkicide! Death by liberalism is the new California Dreamin’.
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?