Friday, November 02, 2012

He was the change by James Piereson - The New Criterion

Poor UU Jeff, the pestilence and plague I and my friends infect into America and UUism are here to stay.  Jeff’s lapse into language of disease reflects maybe his own political psychosis than mine. Dying liberalism gone ugly for lack of reason or faith.

James Pierson’s review of Charles Kesler’s I am the Change tells us Progressivism / Liberalism is spent; and that exhaustion puts Unitarian Universalism’s considerable investment in the old ideology up for a rebalancing. 

Whether the President wins or loses, slamming the considerable number of fellow citizens who will NOT vote for him, seems a losing strategy for a faith due for considerable ideological retro fitting if it’s to survive.

From Pierson’s review in the New Criterion, link below;

Four years ago, in the excited aftermath of the 2008 election, Barack Obama was widely viewed as a liberal messiah who would engineer a new era of liberal reform and cement a Democratic majority for decades to come. He would prove to be, as many pundits predicted, a Franklin Delano Roosevelt, or perhaps even an Abraham Lincoln, for our time. They were not alone in saying this: Obama himself said much the same thing.

These forecasts seemed grandiose at the time; today, after four years of an Obama presidency, they look positively silly. In contrast to 2008, 2012 Obama looks less like a transformational president and more like a typically embattled politician trying to survive a tight contest for reelection. Even some of his strongest supporters are now “defining Obama down” as just another Democratic “pol” making compromises and paying off constituencies in order to keep his coalition together. Extravagant hopes have given way to a scramble for survival. Few continue to believe that Obama will establish the foundations for a new era of liberal governance. Some are beginning to point toward a more surprising turn of events: Far from bringing about a renewal of liberalism, Obama is actually presiding over its disintegration and collapse.

He was the change by James Piereson - The New Criterion

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