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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Death of Liberalism?

I've written before about the stark fiscal realities facing many states. Either they cut spending and ask for union concessions, or they lose their tax-paying populations and businesses to neighboring states. Which obviously doesn't solve their fiscal problems, and only compounds other problems such as unemployment, the need for public aid, etc. Liberalism (unlimited hand-outs) doesn't work in the long term, when too many people expect handouts and too few people are paying for it.

The American Spectator's lead article today, JFK and the Death of Liberalism, speculates that if JFK hadn't been murdered, liberalism would be a lot better off.
In short, one wonders. Did the bullets that killed JFK hit another target -- liberalism itself? Unlike JFK, not killing liberalism instantly but inflicting something else infinitely more damaging than sudden death? Or, as Tyrrell puts it, inflicting "a slow, but steady decline of which the Liberals have been steadfastly oblivious."
 Interesting idea. Read it. The whole thing. I give you part of the conclusion to peak your interest, though there is honestly so much great analysis and comparison between the setting then and now that you really must read it. I beg you!
Would JFK have let the arrogant liberal elitism that was bubbling under the surface of his own administration metastasize to so many American institutions -- including his own party -- had he lived?

Would he have sat silently as the liberal culture turned against the vast American middle and working blue collar class and its values, sending JFK voters into the arms of Republicans in seven out of twelve of the elections following his own?

Would he have fought the subtle but distinct change of his famous inaugural challenge from "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" to what it has now become: "ask not what you can do for your country, ask what service your government can provide you?"

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