September 16, 2006


Blue America, In More Ways Than One (George F. Will, September 17, 2006, Washington Post)

"The GOP," [Thomas B. Edsall of The New Republic, in "Building Red America: The New Conservative Coalition and the Drive for Permanent Power," ] laments, "has achieved a gradual erosion of the popular consensus behind the major progressive and social-egalitarian movements of the twentieth century." But what actually "achieved" that? Edsall says the principal Republican objective has been to break "the trust . . . between the government and millions of its less advantaged citizens." But he acknowledges that Republicans have been helped "inestimably" by "the daily inefficiencies of government": "The monopoly nature of government guarantees that the public services will often lag in quality behind those delivered in the competitive private sector." Hence "the declining credibility of non-market solutions to economic problems" and the demoralization of "backers of a redistributive agenda." [...]

Edsall notes that one-third of American children -- and almost 70 percent of African American children -- are born to unmarried mothers. Then, in an astonishing passage about this phenomenon, which is the cause of most social pathologies, from crime to schools that cannot teach, he explains how Americans differ concerning what he calls "freedom from the need to maintain the marital or procreative bond."

"To social conservatives," he writes, "these developments have signaled an irretrievable and tragic loss. Their reaction has fueled, on the right, a powerful traditionalist movement and a groundswell of support for the Republican Party. To modernists, these developments constitute, at worst, the unfortunate costs of progress, and, at best -- and this is very much the view on the political left as well as of Democratic Party loyalists -- they constitute a triumph over unconscionable obstacles to the liberation and self-realization of much of the human race."

Looking for the real reason for the rise of "Red America"? Read that paragraph again.

To an astonishing degree, liberal elites want a red America to become more like blue Europe at the very moment that Europe is determing that it can't, and doesn't deserve to, survive as what it has become.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 16, 2006 9:31 AM

Losing 3-4 generations is an unfortunate cost of progress????

If it's progress, why haven't they progressed????

Posted by: Sandy P at September 16, 2006 11:05 AM

". . .[F]reedom from the need to maintain the marital or procreative bond,". . ."triumph pver the unconsciounable obstacles to the liberation and self-realization of much of the human race."

And there you have the culture war in a nut-shell: "...the left. . .as well as Democratic Party loyalists. . .." considers parentless children a small price to pay that deviate sensibilities be assuaged.

Posted by: Lou Gots at September 17, 2006 12:50 PM