I'll cite one example of fodder for their thoughts:
That Borat finds the streak of poison in American life mitigates the potential perception of "Borat" as some Muslim-bashing movie for a self-satisfied Western audience. However anti-Semitic, misogynistic or homophobic Borat might be, he is usually able to find some American to agree with him. In fact, Borat's bigotry allows the people around him to let their hair down and chime in. Then the trap snaps shut and they're on 3,000 screens talking, for example, about how in America the minorities have all the advantages.
This, from a review published today in -- where else? San Francisco.
I could find other examples, but I've got better things to do, and I'll just say it seems to me that the left, and liberals, are willing to go to various places in their criticism of Americans that the right simply doesn't.
But wait! There's more! Don't take this as a classic liberal bash-fest. It's not.
Here's what I think about liberalism: Without liberalism, America itself wouldn't be possible.
There. I said it. Satisfied?
In a sense, I'm clearly a liberal, because I'm a beneficiary of the liberal American way of thinking that allowed our Founding Fathers to trash the hoary old conservatives way back in the late 1700's.
So, the sense of liberalism in which you're looking for things that are wrong, and you hope to solve them... well, that has its own dynamic. And, just the way that Jefferson and Co. bashed a few heads together, figuratively speaking, to form our Republic, I believe you could argue that liberals of today are simply trying to accomplish the same thing -- to build our country toward something greater.
If the above is true, I have only one question:
For the love of Mike, why the heck can't liberals make their way of thinking work?
There's no sense in which one should "love" racism, or prejudice, or any manner of negative things that most Americans -- liberals or conservatives -- would despise. Most Americans would find hatred of Barak Obama or Harold Ford, Jr., merely because they're black, absolutely disgusting and unacceptable. That's just one example.
But liberals of today don't seem to know how to harness the common ground that the great Ronald Reagan was able to do so well. Instead, they make snide remarks about "flyover country" and horrible "streaks" in American life, and I think that reading stuff like the article I cited above is what makes a lot of ordinary people -- like me -- think: What the fudge? Ain't that condescending?
And it's unfortunate that it does appear that way.
I think that conservatism has gone a bit stale, frankly speaking. I've been let down in the last few years by Mr. Bush in some ways, mainly domestic. That's one reason I haven't been sending in donations the way I used to.
But I look at the relationship that liberals seem to have with much of America and I think to myself, "This is what liberals think? This is what they are concerned about?"
Liberals simply haven't been able to get their message across, and what messages they have, have looked bad, and they make America look bad, besides.
What America needs, perhaps, is another Ronald Reagan, but this time of the left.
Are you shocked to read my words saying that this is so?
If so, doesn't this something that the left, and liberals, should really think about?
Source of quote: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cg...?f=/c/a/2006/11/03/DDGRCM45V31.DTL
[Edited 2006-11-03 18:28:43]