Towards A Good Samaritan World

Wednesday, November 10, 2004


A moderate Democrat's (I think) bitter philippic against Kerry and the liberal elite:

The American people have plumb busted the hearts of the country's liberal elites, and the sentiments evoked among these elites are not dolorous but actually quite nasty. So much so that they reminded me of a poem by the communist playwright Bertolt Brecht, sardonic and rare in its anti-communist sensibility. On June 17, 1953, workers in the Russian Zone of East Berlin had risen up against the regime, and one of its top apparatchiks distributed a leaflet,

Stating that the people
Had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts.

About which Brecht observed,

. . . Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And choose itself another?

It is surely what America's cultural top drawer would like to do themselves.

It's a great piece, all the way through. Let's hope it wakes some people up. I didn't mean the title of this post literally but... I do think the Democratic Party could stand to be figuratively decapitated of its national leadership. (Hat tip: Mickey)


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