Ed Driscoll

We're Gonna Party Like It's 1899

“Chuck Schumer, not content with the liberal trope that conservatives want to ‘turn the clock back’ to the 1950s, says that some ‘hard right people’ in America ‘seem to be wanting to move us back to the 19th century,'” John McCormack writes at the Weekly Standard:

On “Good Morning America” Monday, host George Stephanopoulos asked Sen. Charles Schumer how well he thought Barack Obama is working with Congress and what advice he’d give the president.

Schumer advised Obama against dealing with the “hard right,” arguing conservative Republicans aim to set the nation back centuries.

“My advice to the president is compromise when you can, but when people are being unreasonable, and we have hard right people who seem to be wanting to move us back to the 19th century, draw some lines in the sand and fight,” Schumer said. “Try to compromise first. Do everything you can, but don’t give up your core fundamental principles. I think the American people will respect that.”

So the fight to put the toothpaste of progress back into the tube is joined — since the environmental left wants to take America back to the pre-industrial age, I’m not sure why they wouldn’t want us to have the same morals as well.

Or as Pete Seeger once told the New York Times:

I like to say I’m more conservative than Goldwater. He just wanted to turn the clock back to when there was no income tax. I want to turn the clock back to when people lived in small villages and took care of each other.

Is Schumer cool with that as well — or as that too much “Progress” for Chuck?

Related: Nihilism, the totalitarian faith.