Joyanna Adams

Nobody's Opinion

Daniel Patrick Moynihan Warns America

 

Nobody Wins

 

I found this on Powerline when I was searching for a “Nobody Wins” theme. Daniel Patrick Moynihan sent this letter to President Nixon during the 1969 riots.

I think you will agree…this same letter could be written today to President Trump.


“To a degree that no one could have anticipated even three or four years ago, the educated elite of the American middle class have come to detest their society, and their detestation is rapidly diffusing to youth in general. The effects of this profound movement of opinion will be with us for generations. . .

 “What we are facing is the onset of nihilism in the United States…. The three most important points are that nihilists are almost entirely drawn from the educated, even upper classes. They are extremely idealistic, seeing themselves as agents of the purest charity. They are violent in the most extreme ways. . . Nihilist movements typically have led to political regimes of the most oppressive and reactionary qualities. . .

“I know there is an authoritarian Left in this country, and I fear it.

“It would be difficult to overestimate the degree to which young well-educated blacks detest white America.

(Can you say…Obama?)

“In the best universities the best men are increasingly appalled by the authoritarian tendencies of the left. The inadequacies of traditional liberalism are equally unmistakable, while, not least important, the credulity, even the vulgarity of the supposed intellectual and social elite of the country has led increasing numbers of man and women of no especial political persuasion to realize that something is wrong somewhere.

“The elite intelligentsia of the country are turning against the country—in science, in politics, in the fundaments of patriotism. How can we not pay for this?

“Are we then witnessing the ultimate, destructive working out of the telos of liberal thought?

Short answer to this last question: Yes.

Nobody Wins when the people no longer have power over their kids. Scary that a democrat wrote this, isn’t it?

And that’s how we got Bill and Hillary.

 

July 8, 2020 - Posted by | American History | , ,

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