War As Usual The Kind Between Classes

June 21, 2002
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Anyone who dreamed that Americans might come together politically in the face of terrorism probably can forget it.

At least that seems to be the view of the self-appointed intellectual leader of this country’s far left, the New York Times.

The Times, which does the thinking for network TV’s talking heads whom local TV stations love to imitate, last week resumed its permanent pre-Sept. 11 attack to divide Americans against each other and to undermine national resolve.

The issue? That the Bush administration proposes to jump-start the economy by enacting cuts in corporate and capital gains tax rates.

To the Times, “the dominant motive at work appeared once again appeared to be greed.”

“The Republicans who control the House thumbed their nose at the ordinary Americans who will absorb the brunt of the economic downturn and shamelessly gift-wrapped yet another bundle of tax cuts for the very well-to-do.” The Times quoted Sen. Teddy Kennedy (D-Mass), who called the proposals “wartime profiteering” that “soil” our new-found patriotism. 

Standard far-left rhetoric. We may be at war overseas, but the Times is trying to revitalize class warfare here at home, taking its cue from Kennedy’s recent speech to the Senate. In that speech, he evoked half of his late brother’s famous injunction, “Ask not what your country can do for you…” Then he proceeded to urge people to ask exactly that: what their country can do for them.

Meanwhile, the Republicans, who are trying to give industry the lift it needs to put as many people back to work as soon possible, are accused of “greed.”

We could go on, but perhaps the best course is to point out that today’s far left class-warfare strategists never quote anything more than the “ask not” clause from President Kennedy’s inaugural address. The far left, including President Kennedy’s aged, soiled brother, cannot further quote from the address because they hate its wholly traditional American content.

The world may have changed as of Sept. 11, but John Kennedy’s words are eternally American:

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

And further:

… only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility — I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it — and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.

My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own.

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