Many years ago, while I was working one of my hare-brained business ideas out of my dad’s house, I was preparing a mailing, which required a rather unusual and peculiar stamp, one denominated at $0.52. As it happened, the figure on the stamp was Hubert Humphrey.
My parents were traditional New Deal liberals but I have been right wing since as long as I was conscious. I’m told, although I don’t distinctly remember, I had a Barry Goldwater poster up on my wall when I was 4.
Still, sitting there at the kitchen table slapping on the stamps, I knew there was something wrong. I asked my dad, “Dad, don’t you think Hubert Humphrey deserves better than a $0.52 stamp?” to which he answered yes.
I was watching a video of a Saturn V launch, in all its amazing, iconic, patriotic glory, and I remembered- conservatives did not do this. Liberals were the authors of this amazing human achievement.
Some of you can still remember- a time long ago, disappearing in the mists, almost but not quite completely forgotten- when liberalism was about hope, dreams, brotherhood, fair play, the dignity of honest work, mutual respect between boss and worker, and telling the communists to go to hell. That died with JFK, although it was probably going to die anyway. Right about then it started to be about hectoring shame, belittling people who weren’t sophistcated enough, keeping the proles in line.
The socialists were not going to be kept out of power. In a society becoming wealthier and more therapeutic, more concerned with fixing itself than eating, people were taking charge of the mind and soul as well as the treasury.
The big mistake of the civil rights movement- which despite producing great political power for black people has established a permanent divide between the races- was using preachers to spread its message. What do preachers do but tell you you’re going to hell unless you straighten up and fly right? People will listen to that for an hour on Sunday morning and then go back to drinking and whoring and stealing first thing Monday.
Salon tells us that the Democrats are finally, thank God, giving up on the white male voter- the victim of all this hectoring and preaching. The victims have mostly tuned out, only voting Democrat we are told if they are union members. Unions are the one place the old flame still burns, just a little bit.