The decades-long doom-and-gloom narrative of the left started with the assassination of JFK in 1963, was reinforced by MLK’s assassination in 1968, and was tattooed into their collective consciousnesses with the assassination of RFK only a few months later.
These tragic and emotionally traumatizing events gave the left something akin to a group case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, confirming to them that there was no reason to dream big if, as happened, their leaders were to be killed even before their promise had been realized.??
Those three deaths, happening over just a four-and-a-half year span, made liberals lose “hope.” As a result and for the sake of self-preservation, they changed from an optimistic “we can overcome” movement to one more comfortable with losing, as Harry Reid’s white flag on the Surge — before the mission had started –perfectly exemplifies.
From the late ‘60s, till now, the left has seen life as mostly a negative experience, to the point that they hold up as one their great achievements Roe V. Wade, which ends life at its very inception.
The latest proof of this is when Senator Obama said that if his daughters were in a crisis pregnancy, they shouldn’t have to be “punished with a baby.”?
How many times over the years have I heard people I’ve known on the left say, when considering parenthood, “Why bring kids into this rotten world”? I’ve yet to hear someone on the right think of the world this way.
In 1968 the rhetoric – thus the culture – of the left changed to one of morbidity. We were told how a worldwide famine would kill tens of millions, that global cooling would prove our demise, that Sars and Bird Flu and AIDS and second-hand smoke would finish us off.
The newest fetish is global warming, but that is just part of the left’s continuing doomsday view of life. Just today, Ted Turner said the world would be engulfed with cannabilism by 2040.
It’s as if liberals see life as one big Hollywood disaster movie – one great Poseidon Adventure: If the capsizing boat didn’t kill Ernest Borgnine and the other handful of survivors, then the fire in the engine room or the rising water in the hull would or…you get the picture. Life, to liberals, is an ongoing series of disasters, to be survived.
Is it any wonder that Michelle Obama isn’t proud of America? Her “America” is a hope-less place (that is, of course, unless you vote for her husband!).
The dearth of hope explains the appeal to many of Senator Obama, who will most likely be the Democrat presidential nominee. His supporters are happy to dismiss his less than impressive resume, suspect connections to the Chicago “machine,” or his long and close relationship with his Farrakhan-praising, America-degrading pastor – as long as they continue to believe him when he says “yes we can” — something they haven’t done since 1968.
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