Where Liberals Go to Feel Good by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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January 24, 2011

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Barack Obama is another stock character in the cyclical political theater embraced by the liberal class. Act I is the burst of enthusiasm for a Democratic candidate who, through clever branding and public relations, appears finally to stand up for the interests of citizens rather than corporations. Act II is the flurry of euphoria and excitement. Act III begins with befuddled confusion and gnawing disappointment, humiliating appeals to the elected official to correct “mistakes,” and pleading with the officeholder to return to his or her true self. Act IV is the thunder and lightning scene. Liberals strut across the stage in faux moral outrage, delivering empty threats of vengeance. And then there is Act V. This act is the most pathetic. It is as much farce as tragedy. Liberals—frightened back into submission by the lunatic fringe of the Republican Party or the call to be practical—begin the drama all over again.

We are now in Act IV, the one where the liberal class postures like the cowardly policemen in “The Pirates of Penzance.” Liberals promise battle. They talk of glory and honor. They vow not to abandon their core liberal values.

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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He has written nine books, including Death of the Liberal Class, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009) and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003).

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6 thoughts on “Where Liberals Go to Feel Good by Chris Hedges

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  5. Not if 28% US population (90 MILLION) ETERNAL FLAMERS (former “boomers”) get off our A$$ $OUL$ and effect iBASTA!

  6. Excellent call to focus with a few pointers I, an avid left blogos reader needed, but heard about nowhere else.

    Looking into joining the March Chicago group now.

    I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to fake it anymore!

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