Saturday, May 07, 2005

Where is the Left's Hanson?

I'd like to challenge M3C readers to list any new Democratic proposal for any of the number of problems facing the country today. The minority party is thoroughly devoid of solutions, period. Do they have a fix for social security? National security? The global war on terror? The economy, other than their default position of raising taxes? Improving education? Forget even about a total fix for any of these issues, how about a single step toward improvement?

Yesterday Harry Reid stepped in it again. Every time he opens his mouth he embarrasses himself. Nothing but negativity and obstructionism from the gentleman senator from Nevada. He's the Senate's Minority Leader too, so that makes it very difficult for the Democrats to distance themselves from such asshattery. After all, they've elevated him to a leadership position. Nancy Pelosi has the same problem, yet neither Pelosi or Reid seem capable of elevating their rhetoric. Their words and deeds ensure that neither will go down in history as one of the country's premier statesmen.

Yesterday, Victor Davis Hanson, with his usual brilliance, delivered more hammer blows to Democratic Party prospects in future elections. Here's a small taste, but do yourselves a favor and read every word of it.

When we see Democrats speaking and living like normal folks — expressing worry that the United States must return to basic education and values to ensure its shaky preeminence in a cutthroat world, talking of one multiracial society united by a rare exceptional culture of the West rather than a salad bowl of competing races and tribes, and apprising the world that we are principled abroad in our support of democratic nations and quite dangerous when attacked — they will be competitive again.
VDH also had a piece in yesterday's Washington Post, entitled "What Happened to History?" Simply put, more brilliance. Sorry to gush like some starstruck groupie, but if the Left had such intelligent thinkers or scholars guiding their party, not only would the Dems fare better in elections, but the country would be far better off.

A side note: compare the increasingly shrill and hateful rhetoric of Harry Reid (or Howard Dean, Al Gore and Barbara Boxer) to Hanson's reasoned intelligence. Victor Hanson, in every interview I have seen or heard, is calm. That's a sign of confidence in one's ideas and suggests that the facts are on your side. Can the Democrats make such a claim?

Anyway, please also read the last link. VDH stresses the importance of teaching history (meaningful historical events, not trivial garbage like "history of the pencil"). I leave with a short excerpt and my sincerest hope that you will read "What Happened to History?" and consider its importance.

Reverence for those who came before us ensures humility about our own limitations. It restores confidence that far worse crises than our own -- slavery, the great flu epidemic, or World War II -- were endured with far less resources.

By pondering those now dead, we create a certain pact: We, too, will do our part for another generation not yet born to enjoy the same privilege of America, which at such great cost was given to us by others whom we have now all but forgotten.
Powerful stuff. Have a wonderful weekend.
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