Krauthammer examines the liberal response to popular dissent
Posted by Mitch Kokai at 2:11 PM
In a new column posted at the Human Events website, Charles Krauthammer discusses (il)liberals' preferred response to popular dissatisfaction with their policy proposals:
Ah, the people, the little people, the small-town people, the
"bitter" people, as Barack Obama in an unguarded moment once memorably
called them, clinging "to guns or religion or" -- this part is less
remembered -- "antipathy toward people who aren't like them."
That's a polite way of saying: clinging to bigotry. And promiscuous
charges of bigotry are precisely how our current rulers and their vast
media auxiliary react to an obstreperous citizenry that insists on
-- 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 and alarm with the federal government's unwillingness to
curb illegal immigration, as crystallized in the Arizona law? 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.
Now we know why the country has become "ungovernable," last year's
excuse for the Democrats' failure of governance: Who can possibly govern
a nation of racist, nativist, homophobic Islamophobes?
Note what connects these issues. In every one, liberals have lost the
argument in the court of public opinion. Majorities -- often lopsided
majorities -- oppose President Obama's social-democratic agenda (e.g.,
the stimulus, Obamacare), support the Arizona law, oppose gay marriage
and reject a Ground Zero mosque.What's a liberal to do? Pull out the bigotry charge, the trump that
pre-empts debate and gives no credit to the seriousness and substance of
the contrary argument. The most venerable of these trumps is, of
course, the race card.
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