April 5, 2008


The Unfinished Business of Liberalism (E. J. Dionne, April 04, 2008, Real Clear Politics)

Forty years ago, American liberalism suffered a blow from which it has still not recovered. On April 4, 1968, a relatively brief but extraordinary moment of progressive reform ended, and a long period of conservative ascendancy began.

The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the ensuing riots that engulfed the nation's capital and big cities across the country signaled the collapse of liberal hopes in a smoky haze of self-doubt and despair.

King himself had already helped kill the reform period when he switched from a simple call for human dignity and racial equality--which was based in America's religion and its Founding and, therefore, resonated -- to the demand for government handouts, which was unAmerican.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 5, 2008 6:19 AM
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