Thursday, April 17, 2008

Barack Obama's Bitter Liberalism

by George Will - April 17th, 2008 -

Barack Obama may be exactly what his supporters suppose him to be. Not, however, for reasons most Americans will celebrate.

Obama may be the fulfillment of modern liberalism. Explaining why many working class voters are "bitter," he said they "cling" to guns, religion and "antipathy to people who aren't like them" because of "frustrations." His implication was that their primitivism, superstition and bigotry are balm for resentments they feel because of America's grinding injustice.

By so speaking, Obama does fulfill liberalism's transformation since Franklin Roosevelt. What had been under FDR a celebration of America and the values of its working people has become a doctrine of condescension toward those people and the supposedly coarse and vulgar country that pleases them.

No better summation of the modern democrat party can be found than Barack Obama's wife Michelle's view that America is "just downright mean". The greatest nation on Earth with the most individual freedom is "just downright mean"? By what measure? She and her husband are making $5 million a year and she reviles the average American for holding her back? She feels sorry for herself that she is black? She feels hatred for those who have not treated her as she feels she is due?

George Will has written a very perceptive article that sums up much of why these two deserve to be pitied. They should not however get the vote of anyone who loves America. Read George's article. It has a great ending.


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