Saturday, September 6, 2008

News Flash, Joe: NewAge Ain't "Moderate"

"Maybe I'm getting old, maybe it's that I've seen this act so often before, maybe it's that the people I talk to when I go out on the road really are having a harder time paying for things like health care, gasoline and college tuition, but I'm finding the Republican attempts to derail the conversation from the actual state of the country really depressing and disgraceful this year. They practice Orwellian politics of the crudest sort. They are trying to sell a big lie--that the election is about the social issues of the 1960s, or Barack Obama's patriotism or his eloquence, or the "angry left," when it's really about turning toward a more moderate path after the ideological radicalism and malfeasance of the past eight years."

-- Joe Klein, admitting he doesn't have a clue - as a Baby Boomer - why anyone (including a presidential candidate born before the baby boom and his chosen vice president born after it) would still be fighting the 60's effects on society, in TIME Magazine.

Here's a thought for you to mull around also: the Baby Boom was the largest demographic shift in the history of the world but it only produced two presidents - Clinton and Bush - which, if you ask me, is as big a statement of generational failure as any we've ever known. Not only didn't the Boomers produce many leaders but, of the ones we still know about, we don't want to see any more of them in charge - Hillary fans notwithstanding.

As the Republican ticket makes clear, we on the Right want anything but Boomers. McCain/Palin is screaming we want to get back to basics, with some changes around the edges (McCain) as we chart a new way forward (Palin) and the politics of the 60's (Obama) and it's ambassadors (Biden) aren't even to be taken seriously. We know what that brings - relativism - and we in America who consider ourselves patriots have had more-than-enough of all that.

Like all Americans, we, too, want change.