Monday, August 30, 2010

Why liberals resort to namecalling

Charles Krauthammer at the Washington Post has written a neat summation of what we all know, but which the mainstream media refuse to acknowledge. The left tries to "marginalize" the American people because they can no longer use reason to back their arguments.
... Promiscuous charges of bigotry [example] are precisely how our current rulers react to an obstreperous citizenry that insists on incorrect thinking.
  • Resistance to the vast expansion of government power, intrusiveness and debt, as represented by the Tea Party movement? Why, racist resentment toward a black president.
  • Disgust with the federal government’s unwillingness to curb illegal immigration? Nativism.
  • Opposition to the most radical redefinition of marriage in human history, as expressed in Proposition 8 in California? Homophobia.
  • Opposition to a 15-story Islamic center and mosque near ground zero? Islamophobia.

Note what connects these issues. In every one, liberals have lost the argument in the court of public opinion. Majorities oppose Obama’s social-democratic agenda, support the Arizona law, oppose gay marriage and reject a ground-zero mosque...

It is a measure of the corruption of liberal thought and the collapse of its self-confidence that, finding itself so widely repudiated, it resorts reflexively to the cheapest race-baiting (in a colorful variety of forms).

Indeed, how can one reason with a nation of pitchfork-wielding mobs brimming with “antipathy toward people who aren’t like them,” a nation that is, as Michelle Obama once put it succinctly, “just downright mean”?

The Democrats are going to get beaten badly in November. Not just because the economy is ailing. And not just because Obama overread his mandate in governing too far left. But because a comeuppance is due the arrogant elites whose undisguised contempt for the great unwashed prevents them from conceding a modicum of serious thought to those who dare oppose them.

But don't start counting the chickens yet. The likely beneficiary of this revolt will be mainstream Republicans -- the same people we were so eager to get rid of just two years ago.

What we need is a revolution, a peaceful one if at all possible; but one which restores rule to the people of the several states, as our Founding Fathers envisioned. Merely switching from one élite party to the other isn't going to cut it.

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