Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Goldberg Lays It Out Nicely...

..with "Obama's Not New".

"...Obama doesn't represent anything novel. Rather, he symbolizes a return to an older vision of the United States that was seen as the "wave of the future" eight decades ago."

Too many people have lost their grasp of history, for this to not be intuitively obvious.

- MuscleDaddy

1 comment:

  1. That vision is far older than even Wilson - its siren song has been sung by one violent revolutionary or another for centuries. Marx comes to mind of course, but there is also this:

    "Be brave, then; for your captain is brave, and vows
    reformation. There shall be in England seven
    halfpenny loaves sold for a penny: the three-hooped
    pot; shall have ten hoops and I will make it felony
    to drink small beer: all the realm shall be in
    common; and in Cheapside shall my palfrey go to
    grass: [...]
    I thank you, good people: there shall be no money;
    all shall eat and drink on my score; and I will
    apparel them all in one livery..."
    That is Jack Cade from Shakespeare's King Henry VI. The promise to set all people on the same level regardless of their effort or success and against their will is an insidious idea that has lasted a frighteningly long time. For all my occasional optimism, I do not believe we will be rid of that idea until Kingdom Come. All we can do until then is resist, and work to build up and strengthen the voices of true equality and justice: equality of opportunity and the exercise of the rule of law.


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