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Roger L. Simon

Obama’s New Nomenklatura

May 1st, 2012 - 12:18 am

It’s a pessimistic view of life and a cowardly one – and quite conservative in the emotional sense. No wonder we see the left in our country in a sour mood. (Even the professionally cautious Jay Leno admitted recently Democrats were lacking in humor and unable to mock themselves. Reviews of Obama at the White House Correspondents’ dinner were not good.)

But this grim atmosphere does not mean the left will lose. Quite the contrary. Like a determined politburo, they will hang on to their perquisites at all costs. The terms of the battle have just been ratcheted up. Issues like global warming, the war on women, racial contretemps, etc., will be ginned up for the preservation of their power.

I admit that using this Soviet terminology… nomenklaturas, politburos… is perhaps excessive. We all know that could not happen here. The grey rigidity of the Soviet lifestyle seems antithetical to sunny American optimism and flare.

But we could have our own way of adopting such things. They could come in through the back door… or the front pages of a newspaper… or the way someone sings the national anthem at the Staples Center or how we look at the fireworks display (all made in China) on the Fourth of July.

In other words, it could happen here.

But not for always and probably not for long.

Liberals and progressives, who so often congratulate themselves on their generosity and social consciences (while consistently giving less to charity than conservatives), need to wake up. As the Soviet Union demonstrated – nomenklaturas only have so much room.  Ultimately, they implode.

Ah, but you might say, the Soviet nomenklatura imploded only to rise again under Putin with (only slightly) different clothes and an almost identical cast of characters. And you would be right.

Let’s be American and end all nomenklaturas now.

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