Posted by: Debby Durkee | January 22, 2010

Liberalism’s new Catechism.

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Lowry: Liberalism’s new Catechism.

Rich Lowry’s column in today’s National Review Online chronicles the delusion of Democrats as they grapple with the loss of the Kennedy Senate seat. The White House reaction in particular seems to be – “oh, well the voters are angry, and it’s all Bush’s fault and that same anger is what brought Obama into the White House.” The ability to look at facts and results and come up with a fairy tale is a liberal’s true calling. They lie so much that they begin to believe their own lies. Here’s a partial list of what Lowry calls their “articles of faith.”

We believe that the 2008 election wasn’t a reaction to a concatenation of unrepeatable circumstances (a financial crisis, an unpopular war, etc.), but a vote for nothing less than social democracy in America.

That if Democrats had already rushed through Congress a health-care bill on a partisan vote, a grateful nation would have showered them with huzzahs — delighted by the hundreds of billions of dollars in Medicare cuts and tax increases.

That the public is bristling with impatience to see a bill passed that won’t fully take effect until 2014.

That the public rejection of health-care reform as reflected in almost every single public-opinion survey is just so much statistical noise.

That nefarious special interests oppose the bill, even though practically every special interest from PhRMA to the AMA is actually on board. Snip –

That the people of Massachusetts didn’t send a message on health care — all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding, including the fact that 56 percent of them said health care was the most important issue to them.

That any populism that doesn’t endorse a greater concentration of power in Washington deserves contempt as an unworthy faux populism.

That the GOP is a Southern rump party, even if it has such new, remote outposts as the governor’s mansion in New Jersey, the county executive offices of Nassau and Westchester counties contiguous to New York City, and Ted Kennedy’s former Senate seat.

That Barack Obama has irresistible powers of persuasion. All that is troubling his presidency is that he doesn’t explain himself enough. The record-setting 158 interviews in his first year in office were a woefully inadequate mustering of his rhetorical mastery.

That Obama’s failure to boost Democratic candidates in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts with highly touted personal appearances was a fluke signifying exactly nothing.

Willful self-delusion will defeat them again and again. Even Senator Evan Bayh, (D-IN) isn’t that far gone. Here’s what he said to ABC news even before the Senate election in Massachusetts: “There’s going to be a tendency on the part of our people to be in denial about all this,” Bayh told ABC News, but “if you lose Massachusetts and that’s not a wake-up call, there’s no hope of waking up.”

I guess my question is – who is delusional? Is it Obama? Is it Axelrod? Is it the leftist media? Is it Washington-based Democrats? Or is it something else? Could it be a combination of delusion and political maneuvering? Meaning – do they believe their own press (all the lefty pundits urging them on to keep pursuing these outrageous policies in spite of the electorate) or do they know the people aren’t behind them so they are making up stories to convince the press and therefore rank and file Democrats that they know best. Don’t believe your lying eyes, believe The One?

The Democrats’ political leaders seem desperate to “not waste a crisis” – and they are so far down the road to socialism that they just can’t bear to back off. They are so corrupted by their consolidation of power that they are determined to make the country pay. Let’s hope enough of the Democrats in Washington actually live in the real world and have seen the handwriting on the wall. Let’s hope some of them are appalled to find themselves in this position, led by a leftist president and his people toward the cliff of no return. Please read Lowry here:


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  1. To be in the majority in Washington is a political curse, first for Republicans and now for Democrats, they hear each other as opposed to their constituents. It’s the best argument for a return to states rights that I can think of.

  2. Very true, Ted. The echo chamber of power. Plus, especially with the Democrats the echo chamber of the media bubble.

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