From The American Enterprise we have the following items of interest:
*A survey by Rasmussen Reports found that 62% of American voters believe the world would be a better place if other countries were more like the U. S. The number was 81% among Bush voters, but fell to 48% among Kerry voters.
*The children’s section of the Sunday Seattle Times featured an online poll with the question, “Who do you blame for 9-11?” Three choices were offered: “Bush”, “Clinton”, and “the CIA”.
*Finally, a quote from the left’s favorite propagandist film producer, Michael Moore: “The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not ‘insurgents’ or ‘terrorists’ or ‘the enemy’. They are the revolution, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow, and they will win.”
These anecdotes are emblematic of the drivel and nonsense with which we are besieged on a daily basis, partly driven by our apathy and partly by our gullibility. It would be hilarious if it weren’t so instructive, because the tragedy of it all is that it represents an actual worldview that has at least some currency in America, not least among what passes for our intellectual leadership. To paraphrase and with apologies to Patrick Moynihan, we have significantly defined downward the once respectable political heritage of American liberalism.