Friday, April 15, 2016

Let's Give Bill Clinton Credit Where it's Due

The great failing of modern liberalism is its inability to keep in check its radical left wing, including communists, race-baiters and most recently, apologists and/or deniers for radical Islamic fascism. Liberalism was supposed to be about lifting people up, promoting the most promising members of all sectors of society, ensuring that genius and talent should never be stifled by racial, ethnic or other prejudice. Courageous and virtuous individuals were to be held up for the admiration of all, and to serve especially as inspiration and role models for the minority groups from which they sprung.

Instead of that, under the sway of radicals, the Left dumped Martin Luther King, Jr. and his message of reconciliation, integration and the promise of America living up to its creed of equality, and instead elevated Stokely Carmichael of Black Power, Malcolm X of the Nation of Islam, and Huey Newton of the Black Panthers.

In this context it is noteworthy that Bill Clinton, of all people, has distinguished himself in drawing the line between liberalism and radical leftism, openly challenging and rebuking the #Blacklivesmatter (a.k.a. BLM) hecklers at his recent =>Hillary rally. On this, he has shown not only principle and courage (whatever Hillary may think, benefit or suffer from it), but consistency. It was Bill Clinton who shut up the rabble-rousing racist rapper Sistah Souljah and ended the ascendancy of the Reverend Jesse Jackson, in 1992-93. As I wrote in "Escape from Berkeley: An EX-liberal progressive socialist embraces America (and doesn't apologize)", "Jesse Jackson never appeared so shaken and defeated as in one press conference early in 1993 where, having just conferred with the First Lady at the White House, he stammered her name as "Hillary Rodman Clinton".

Will liberal Democrats follow Bill's lead and stand up to the radical left that despises them more than they have been willing to admit to themselves? Will they re-embrace the liberalism of John F. Kennedy, Scoop Jackson, Joe Lieberman and Harry Truman? I'm not holding my breath.

I think I liked the BLM better when it was the Bureau of Land Management.