George Will’s latest column, When Liberals Became Scolds, is an interesting look back at the history of the modern Democrat Party. When Lee Harvey Oswald, a communist, murdered President Kennedy the left went out of their way to erase Oswald from our collective memory. His story didn’t fit the narrative, so they created a new narrative.
The transformation of a murder by a marginal man into a killing by a sick culture began instantly — before Kennedy was buried. The afternoon of the assassination, Chief Justice Earl Warren ascribed Kennedy’s “martyrdom” to “the hatred and bitterness that has been injected into the life of our nation by bigots.” The next day, James Reston, the New York Times luminary, wrote in a front-page story that Kennedy was a victim of a “streak of violence in the American character,” noting especially “the violence of the extremists on the right.” . . .
A Soviet spokesman, too, assigned “moral responsibility” for Kennedy’s death to “Barry Goldwater and other extremists on the right.”
Three days after the assassination, a Times editorial, “Spiral of Hate,” identified Kennedy’s killer as a “spirit”: The Times deplored “the shame all America must bear for the spirit of madness and hate that struck down” Kennedy. The editorialists were, presumably, immune to this spirit. The new liberalism-as-paternalism would be about correcting other people’s defects.
Hitherto a doctrine of American celebration and optimism, liberalism would now become a scowling indictment: Kennedy was killed by America’s social climate, whose sickness required “punitive liberalism.” . . .
It’s interesting how they did that. They blamed Kennedy’s death on the culture, then turned around and embraced and promoted a culture of death and depravity.
Anyway, I would argue that “scold” is too mild to describe today’s liberals. What else can we call them? Radicals, authoritarians, totalitarians, patriarchs, matriarchs, commies, racists, thugs, angry nannies, bullies, all of the above? Whatever you call them, they’ve taken that “punitive liberalism” and ratcheted things up to unprecedented levels. Not that they haven’t always been that way, it’s just that now they’re especially emboldened. They’ve had decades of softening up the population through education, the news media and the entertainment complex. They’re counting on that trifecta to get them through this time of transition. What they weren’t counting on is a generation or two of spoiled kids who don’t like being told what to do, and they don’t like being told where to spend their money.
Now if only we could get the opposition party to actually oppose them, and offer an alternative that doesn’t include caving and capitulation. I think it’s time to put the old, stale members of the opposition party out to pasture (I guess we could call them scolds), and give the younger Wacko Birds a chance to turn things around.
H/T The Other McCain