Sunday, October 14, 2007

James W. Ceaser: The Stupid Party - How the Democrats earned the epithet previously reserved for Republicans.

A shock it was. I remember the look on their faces. via Weekly Standard,
For those in the party's mainstream, the revolt of the New Left and the "counterculture" came as an enormous shock. It was as if their own offspring had suddenly and unnaturally turned on their progenitors and set about mercilessly to devour them. The New Left called into question almost everything liberals had deemed to be progress: material well-being, American power, and especially the enlightened motives of the leaders of the American nation. Liberalism was part of the problem, not the solution. In the words of the movement's political manifesto, the Port Huron Statement, "What we had originally seen as the American Golden Age was actually the decline of an era." The moral disaster over which liberalism had presided, culminating in the Vietnam war, was so fundamental, so interwoven into the fabric of American life, that only a revolution could save us. The New Left married a deep pessimism about America to an unbounded optimism about the transforming power of revolution.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think that the title Stupid Party belongs to the neo-cons who continue to insist that despite the fact that events have proven them wrong, they are still right and everyone else is wrong. What do you think?