Friday, November 12, 2004

The Moral Values Myth

Charles Krauthammer's column explodes the myth that "moral values" decided the election. He points out --rightly, I believe, that the entire "moral values" myth:

was a necessary invention, a way for the liberal elite to delegitimize a conservative victory. And, even better, a way to assuage their moral vanity: You never lose because your ideas are sclerotic or your positions retrograde, but because your opponent appealed to the baser instincts of mankind.

Nowhere can this moral and intellectual superiority be seen better than in a sclerotic column by Paul Krugman, or a diatribe by Maureen Dowd; or in the retrograde rantings of a Michael Moore. The incredible psychological denial exhibited by the Democrats and the Left that causes them to continually fail to grasp reality; will lead them to march right back to the 20th century--and in some cases even further back in time.

When Bill Clinton talked about a "Bridge to the 21st Century", little did anyone realize that the next incarnation of democratic manhood would arrive at the 21st Century over that bridge, only to find it distasteful and scary. Rather than face the challenge, Kerry and Company turned briskly around and marched right back in the other direction.

To coin a new motto: It's the IDEAS, stupid.

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