So what happened to liberalism and the Democratic Party?
Well, I am at fault — I have to admit it — I and my generational cohorts who sought to turn the Democratic Party in our direction from 1968 onwards. We managed to turn the Kennedys with us. A family that was staunchly anti-communist went wishy-washy, first Bobby and then, of course, Teddy.
They played to our rabble of hippies and New Leftists, wanting to be of us and like us, to smoke pot with us and drop acid, to boogie until they dropped, and to sleep with as many women as they could. It went on and on with only temporary restraints and interregnums.
And then came the rise of Obama, forty years later and the self-hypnosis was complete. Not even 9/11 could stop it. Gone was the country that had the spine to stop Nazism and communism. Here was the country whose leader went to Cairo to tell the citizens of the Arab Middle East — those citizens that practiced misogyny and homophobia as if we were still in the ninth century, for whom the separation of church and state was a delusional psychosis, who made all their neighborhoods more judenrein than Hitler and nearly Christian-free as well and now have elected the Muslim Brotherhood and similar fundamentalist groups to lead virtually all their people — that all was America’s fault and that we would make amends.
No wonder they stampeded.
Well, we are at a crossroads now clarified by Mitt Romney’s VMI speech. The time has come to make a choice or it will soon be too late.
And how important is foreign policy in this election? Well, how about ninety percent of it? The economy is indeed in a disastrous state and may get Romney elected, but the truth is presidents have far less to do with economic affairs than they do with foreign affairs. Capitalist economies have the capacity to right themselves, even if their leaders are doing everything possible to sabotage them.
Not so foreign policy. The president and his people run the show. Do we want any more of this? I think not.
Here’s JFK on the missile crisis, if you’ve never seen it or, as in my case, would like to be reminded: