SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-WV): "There's a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: 'Out. Off. End. Goodbye.' It would be a big favor to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress, and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and more importantly, in their future."
My liberal recidivism is a real problem. Every day I re-offend. Fortunately I don’t hurt anyone, but I’ll never be clean. Once you’ve gilded yourself with the cheap foil of liberalism, it’s nearly impossible to scrape it off completely. It’s probably something in the way that “progressive” simplifications makes life easier, and less complicated.
The lure of liberalism is that it promises to shrink the plank in your own eye to a mote, and make you so good there's no need to test any of your values . I never believed that liberalism is propelled by guilt. It’s an evasion of guilt, and the humility that causes guilt. It's not a belief-system, it's layers and layers of sentimentality made worse by arrogance .
Just today I slipped into radicalism, when I saw the video above. Jay Rockefeller always incites disgust in me that a truly sane society doesn't, at the very least, tax detestable newts like him out of existence, deny them public office, or more sensibly, banish them to a tree-less rock pile or desert. Additional torture in these wastelands would be provided by their interactions with each other. Imagine the sticky self-importance of Prince Charles chatting with that jackass, Robert Kennedy Jr. But I can't do any of those things, nor would I if I had the power to do so.
But I know, and LL Beanbrains like Jay Rockefeller know too, that the combination of unearned wealth and political power is a kind of acid; it eats away at the legitimacy of wealthy officeholders unless they support a redistributionist dogma for the potentially envious. The main danger to the great personal fortunes is not agitated recovering liberals like me, but restive under-classes.
Joe Kennedy figured this out, as did the Robber Barons and their heirs. Collectivism is for thee, not me, and a happy drone is a harmless drone. To preserve the fortune, define "the rich" down to include the visible upper-middle class; buy off the poor with taxes from the middle-class, and deflect the realization that success or failure is a personal, not a social, process, and has nothing to do with " injustice".
But even worse than the original cynicism is the thing that, for example, Jay Rockefeller has become. He actually believes the crap his class has shovelled on us for two generations. From there, it’s just a quick sidestep to authoritarianism and/or totalitarianism. If he had his way, you would just shut up!