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The Old Left Is Confused And Pathetic

14 October 2019 @ 15:15

Over at The Other McCain, Stacy has published a post about the pronouncements of our Media Elites.

Please do take the time to the read the whole thing here.

I want to focus on one aspect of Stace’s reporting and superb analysis…

He writes:

Sam [Donaldson] is a Texas Democrat, plain and simple. He was born and raised in an era when there was no such thing as a Republican in Texas, and in that sense resembles Dan Rather — a native of Wharton, Texas, three years older than Donaldson — and also his late ABC colleague, Cokie Roberts, the daughter of Louisiana Democrat Hale Boggs. To such people, the offspring of New Deal Democrats, and themselves old enough to recall the JFK “Camelot” era, the Democrats are and always will be the natural rulers of America. They instinctively act as cheerleaders for the Democrats the way I cheer for the Alabama Crimson Tide, expressing a sense of inherited loyalty, as it were. No fact or argument can dissuade them from this partisanship, because it is inherently irrational.

You know the non-Media version of this type: the neighbor, friend, or family member who always votes Democrat no matter who the Party nominates.

Together they are the Old Left.

The Leaders of this group have never had much love for The Founding Fathers, while, interestingly, most of the non-Media Democrats I mentioned and have known are / were fairly conservative in their instincts.

As I wrote about the Leaders of this group in my book, The Present Crisis:

The Old Left had laid the groundwork by creating the Welfare/Administrative State — patiently transforming the American Republic into a Democracy, from the late 19th Century up to the mid-1960’s. People like Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, and their cohorts rejected The Declaration Of Independence, believing that those who came after the generation that wrote it were ‘not bound to adhere to the doctrines held by the signers’ because every generation faced different and unique problems — in other words, there were, in their minds, no Eternal and Enduring Truths, no Permanent Things. Therefore, the standards set in place by The Founders were considered long-past their expiration date. The Old Left also rejected the lasting stability of The Constitution for the same reasons. At the state, county, and local levels, their disciples worked unremittingly to undermine their local constitutions and charters using the same Logic.

The existence of a slowly evolving Welfare/Administrative State allowed for people to get used to the idea that government interference in all aspects of our lives was the Normal Way Of Things in America.

The Old Leftists did not rush their agenda. They were willing to adjust it’s implementation based on their perception of what they could get away with. They adapted their efforts to the flow of events. They were Pragmatic.

They had Patience.

More from Stacy:

The other factor is that a rich old white guy like Donaldson cannot be made to understand what “diversity” means in practical terms for the young white person from less privileged circumstances. While his own four children are probably doing all right for themselves, it is the offspring of the white working and middle classes who are watching their communities and life prospects destroyed in the name of “diversity.”

What would Sam Donaldson say to the young white person in Minnesota, for example, who cannot go to downtown Minneapolis for fear of being assaulted by Somali street gangs? It’s impossible to make many people of Donaldson’s generation come to grips with such problems, or to make them understand that these problems are a result of policy decisions which could easily be amended or reversed without harming any lawful immigrant. It is only because our current crazy-quilt pattern of immigration laws act as perverse incentives — a magnet for illegal immigration — that we have the problems we now have, and most elders in both political parties are blind to the scope and nature of the situation.

These Old Leftists of all types are / were also blind to the Severe Damage they were inflicting on American Society.

I suspect they are rather Confused and Discombobulated by the Ferocity of the New New Left and especially by the Radical Young Left.  And in their Desperation to remain Relevant, the Old Left Media Elites are trying to be Cool again.  They’re trying to be Hip when what they should be concerned about is whether they need hip replacement surgery.

It’s pretty Damn Pathetic.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Megan permalink
    14 October 2019 @ 22:01 22:01

    The old left were more “Gramscian.”

    • 16 October 2019 @ 14:58 14:58

      That influence was much more profound in the New Left that formed in the 1960’s.

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