- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 3, 2000

Loser's revolt

"Communism and the orthodox New Deal are gone. Republican government-slashing is discredited, too. Both parties pretend politics is still about right and left, but it's not. It's about up and down. The new conflict is between the high-tech economy's winners and its declasses neither of whom yet realizes (or admits) they constitute a class… . The WTO riots are the first signs of a loser's revolt. And the winners will want the losers controlled.
"Since it's academia that hatches today's elites, Democrats are better poised to represent the winners. Republicans default to the mediocre middle. Democrats can dominate long-term only if they keep drawing electoral ballast (and a necessary ideological self-deception) from their lumpen wing an incentive to the worst rabble-rousing. Republicans will be out in the cold until they find something to believe in and someone to represent; they'll eventually be tempted to rabble rousing, too. But it's too early to tell even if the parties will survive… . The new reality what Clinton saw and the GOP didn't is that government, like computers, doesn't need to get bigger to get more powerful."
Christopher Caldwell, writing on "Election 2000: What's at Stake?" in the February issue of the American Spectator

No mystery

"[T]he most peculiar feature of the current debate over vouchers [is] how few liberals have embraced what is so essentially a liberal cause. After all, most middle-class Americans already have school choice: they possess the wherewithal either to pick communities where the public schools are good or to pay for private education, and they know how to make the most of public magnet schools and programs for the gifted… .
"But why so many liberals … are so fiercely resistant to school choice is really no mystery. For decades now, an absolutist and completely ahistorical view of church-state separation has been a defining creed of the American Left… . And then there are the teachers' unions, whose 3 million members stand to lose the most if vouchers succeed, and who are perhaps the most influential constituency in the Democratic party, having sent more delegates to the 1996 Democratic national convention than did the entire state of California."
Gary Rosen, writing on "Are School Vouchers Un-American?" in the February issue of Commentary

Just stay away

"In 1962, as part of the centennial celebration of the War of Northern Aggression, South Carolina raised the Confederate battle flag over its capitol… .
"So the Confederate battle flag has been atop the South Carolina statehouse for 38 years. Now, in all that time, has the flag flying had any material or legal effect on any human being?
"I dare say no… .
"Let's say the South Carolina legislature votes to take down the Confederate flag. Now, will the absence of that flag have any material or legal effect on us?
"No… .
"Whether the flag's there or not there, our lives remain the same. So what's the argument about? …
"The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People having won all its legitimate legal battles got to casting around for some reason to stay in existence and decided to attack historical symbols of the Confederacy… .
"[B]ecause the NAACP wants to boycott South Carolina and Jesse Jackson wants to boycott Georgia (its state flag incorporates the battle flag), I have a suggestion: Why don't all the South haters just stay out of the entire South all at the same time?
"We would love for you to stay away."
Charley Reese, in a column in the Jan. 23 Orlando Sentinel

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