In one of the most tortured pieces of writing since the invention of language, David Horowitz argues that the ascension of Obama is one of the greatest events in world history. His article—in which he refers to himself and people who think like himself as “conservatives” sixteen times, but in which his stated assumptions, values, and ideals are overwhelmingly liberal—concludes with this:
What matters today is that many Americans have begun to join their country’s cause, and conservatives should celebrate that fact and encourage it. What matters now is that the American dream with its enormous power to inspire at home and abroad is back in business. What it means is that the race card has been played out and America can once again see itself—and be seen—for what it is: a land of incomparable opportunity, incomparable tolerance, and justice for all. Conservative values—individual responsibility, equal opportunity, racial and ethnic pluralism, and family—are now symbolically embedded in the American White House. As a result, a great dimension of American power has been restored. Will these values be supported, strengthened, put into practice? It is up to us to see that they are.“Conservatives” such as Horowitz are like tail-wagging dogs starved for affection. All you have to do, if you’re a leftist, is give them a little hint of something that seems “conservative,” and you’ve got them. They are the easiest marks on the planet.
James N. writes:
David Horowitz, in his conversion from the left (and, to be fair, he’s really given most of it up) has explicitly excepted the Civil Rights Movement from his critique. Marching at age 13 with Civil Rights protesters was his proudest moment, even today. He can find a way to inject this boast into almost every subject he writes about, except Middle Eastern affairs.Bruce B. writes:
I knew Horowitz wasn’t on our side but I never remembered him being THAT bad. He seems to be reverting to his leftist instincts. After reading that, it’s absolutely bizarre that he ever published anything of yours in the first place.Sage McLaughlin writes:
So now “ethnic pluralism” is a specially conservative value? And since when did the Obamas somehow symbolically embody equal opportunity? Both have been beneficiaries of a racial spoils system, and if somebody thinks he can make a case that Obama’s ascension through the filthiest gutter in all of American politics—the Chicago patronage racket—somehow represents a triumph of individual responsibility and equal opportunity, I’d love to see him try.LA replies:
Not to mention the fact that the entire system of race-based preferences remains intact and ain’t going nowhere, certainly not under President Obama. Horowitz used to make his opposition to race-based preferences the centerpiece of his “conservatism.” Now he’s acting as though race-based preferences have disappeared, and that, through the election of Obama, we’ve finally reached the 1963 content-of-our-character paradise! How foolish can a person be?
Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 20, 2009 10:53 PM | Send