Tuesday, May 03, 2005

New Mac Johnson column

What's (Really) the Matter with Liberals?
Today, Republicans -- led by conservative thinkers, energized by conservative grass roots organizations and backed-up by a fledgling conservative media -- control the White House for the fifth time in seven terms, control the Senate with a 55% majority, control the House of Representatives with a 53% majority, and stand within one seat of reining-in the Supreme Court. At this point, some liberals think they might see a trend.

Among these is Thomas Frank, author of the bestselling What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives won the Heart of America. In the new afterword to the paperback edition of his book, appearing as an essay in the May 12 issue of The New York Review of Books, Mr. Frank asks further: What's the Matter with Liberals?

It's a question we've all asked.

However, I do not think Mr. Frank answered the question correctly in his essay, and so I would like to offer my thoughts for consideration.

To Mr. Frank, the only thing wrong with liberals is that they have not yet learned to deal with the issue of manufactured "backlash" against their cultural policies. Briefly, Mr. Frank believes that, since the economic interests of the working class are unarguably best served by Liberals, working class support for Republican candidates can be explained only by… Republican trickery! This trickery takes the form of "the culture war," through which Republicans manipulate the gullible workers and peasants into rebelling against their only real economic hope -- Democrats. Then, after each election, Republicans retreat to the Country Club, where they tell "You might be a Redneck…" jokes about their supporters, conspire to tax baby milk, and draft legislation "for the greater glory of Wal-Mart." The good-natured but politically na├»ve liberals, meanwhile, are helpless to stop the Machiavellian machinations of the seamless Republican political juggernaut.

Hilarious! Regular readers of my blog notice that there a few columnists whom I regularly post their work, (Ann Coulter, Mac Johnson, Hugh Hewitt) this is because they write stuff that you should be reading, memorizing, and then repeating to anyone who will listen!

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