Roger L. Simon

The New Reactionaries - Part 304

I guess I’m not the only one calling my old colleagues on the left reactionary. Here’s Jeff Jacoby in the Boston Globe: Radical Bush vs. Reactionary Kerry.This is a taste. Read it all if you’re interested in how the playbook is changing in the new era.

Kerry is a liberal Democrat, but in this campaign he is running as a reactionary: one who wants to reverse course — to go back to the attitudes and practices that guided US policy when Clinton and the elder George Bush were in office. The younger Bush may be a Republican, but he is running this year as a radical. Profoundly transformed by 9/11, he sees the old playbook as feckless and is set on a revolutionary new course.

Very few find it easy to adapt to new times – I struggle every day – but I would remind all of the words of the I Ching: “Change. Opportunity.” (hat tip: Robert Snider)