Kim Strassel’s excellent column today effectively makes the case that both Santorum and Romney are playing (to lose) Obama’s class warfare game. One peripheral phrase leapt out at me, and spurred me to write this. Strassel says:
Team Obama may be abandoning [White working-class Americans] altogether, instead looking for 2012 victory in a progressive coalition of educated, socially liberal voters, combined with poorer ethnic voters, in particular Hispanics
Hold on.”Educated” socially liberal voters? This theme of educated people typically tilting leftwards is one that needs dispelling. Are we talking about indoctrinated when we use the term educated?
Churchill’s old saw was that you’d be heartless if you weren’t a [modern day] liberal when young, brainless if you weren’t a conservative when old. That progressive liberalism is favored by artists, college kids and the ill informed, while conservatives tend to be older, tax paying, more world-wise if less up to date on the latest trends, all detract from the notion of the “educated liberal.” But it’s progressive liberalism’s policies and actions that really demonstrate how false this premise is.
Fact is, anyone who is truly educated in the goings-on of the world, anyone who has any knowledge about the way people and organizations work, knows full well that progressive liberalism or statism, cannot work. In fact, at least from this American’s view, the entire concept behind leftism, collectivism, Marxism, et al, is one that doesn’t stand the test of even the most basic logic and has been disproven countless times in history, right on up to present day.
While it’s now fashionable to be one of the 99 percent, people used to understand that communism is a great idea on paper, but when implemented, it leaves something to be desired. Perhaps it was more evident when we had the example of the Soviet Union staring us in the face. Yet a few decades later we have folks protesting capitalism in the streets. American leftism may not be the communism of the U.S.S.R, but it clearly takes us in that direction. If adherents of statism in America can’t internalize the hard-earned lessons of a mere 30 years ago, or even the lessons being learned in Europe right now, then how can they possibly claim to be educated?
And of course the majority of progressive-liberal policies simply haven’t worked. The idea that handouts help the poor, very popular with the Obama administration, despite a half century-long war on poverty that’s yielded no results. Or the concept that public schools just need more money, despite some of the most well funded, and worst performing schools, right in the very bastions of liberalism.
Conservatism in D.C. and our southern states isn’t the cause of the extreme poverty, terribly performing public schools, or budgetary and fiscal woes found in the heart of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit. Not to say there isn’t poverty in Republican states, but if liberal policies worked, then poverty would only exist in red states, meanwhile blue states wouldn’t be facing the financial and educational issues now confronting them either. Would the educated statists have us believe that somehow George Bush is to blame for the lifestyle or quality of public school education for residents in New York or Los Angeles’ worst neighborhoods, despite decades-long liberal Democrat control (Anthony Wiener and Charlie Rangel to wit)?
The truly educated rely on facts and logic, and I believe most tenets of conservatism are likewise based on facts and logic. However, often progressive-liberal positions are plainly based on deceit.
The notion that the rich don’t pay their fair share is commonly touted by the liberal left as if the science is settled. Yet the fact is that nearly half of America’s working populace pay no federal income taxes at all; and it’s not the rich half. Yes, lower income Americans may pay other taxes; so too, do the rich, along with punitive federal, capital gains and estate taxes as well. On top of this, the very term rich, and millionaires and billionaires, refers to people making $250k or more a year (less if they are single). All of this is so out rightly deceitful, and yet despite the fact that the richest 1 percent of Americans pays nearly 40 percent of federal income taxes collected (a share that’s grown considerably over recent decades), teenagers squatting in the parks are screaming that rich people pay less taxes than the secretaries they employ.