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Lessons For Liberals (reject 'doughface' liberalism)
Washington Post ^ | 21 May 2006 | George F. Will

Posted on 05/21/2006 11:37:21 AM PDT by Lorianne

Peter Beinart is an advocate of liberal -- not "progressive" -- nostalgia. He wants to turn the clock back to 1947 at Washington's Willard Hotel.

Beinart, who was born in 1971, is editor at large of the liberal New Republic magazine and disdains the label "progressive" as a rejection of liberalism's useable past of anti-totalitarianism. An intellectual archaeologist, he excavates that vanished intellectual tradition and sends it into battle in his new book, "The Good Fight: Why Liberals -- and Only Liberals -- Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again." It expresses Beinart's understanding of liberalism in 1948, 1968 and, he hopes, 2008.

His project of curing liberalism's amnesia begins by revisiting Jan. 4, 1947, when liberal anti-totalitarians convened at the Willard to found Americans for Democratic Action. It became their instrument for rescuing the Democratic Party from Henry Wallace and his fellow traveling followers who, locating the cause of the Cold War in American faults, were precursors of Michael Moore and his ilk among today's "progressives."

Among the heroes of liberalism's civil war of 60 years ago was Arthur Schlesinger Jr., who today is 88. He stigmatized the Wallace supporters' anti-anti-communism as "doughface-ism." Beinart explains: "The original doughfaces were 'Northern men with Southern principles' -- Northerners who opposed slavery, but who could not bring themselves to support the Civil War." Today's doughfaces are "progressives" who flinch from the fact that, as Beinart says, "America could not have built schools for Afghan girls had it not bombed the Taliban first."

Since then, Beinart argues, liberals have lacked a narrative of national greatness that links America's missions at home and abroad.

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TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: beinart; georgewill; liberals

1 posted on 05/21/2006 11:37:22 AM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

The seventh and eighth paragraphs say it all. The author's channelling Neville Chamberlain.


2 posted on 05/21/2006 11:43:45 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Lorianne
and disdains the label "progressive" as a rejection of liberalism's useable past of anti-totalitarianism.


Hah!

Name a SINGLE liberal who has criticized Stalin/Mao/Pol Pot/North Korea/East Gernamy/North Vietnam for the millions and millions murdered and enslaved under Communism.

Socialists lie. It is their only tool, and they (and the MSM use it well.
3 posted on 05/21/2006 11:47:43 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Hubert Humphrey was pretty hawkish.

The fight isn't with the Peter Beinart's of the world. They can be respected as reasonable opponents. It's people like Michael Moore - the "dough-faces (how applicable in this case!)" who must be stopped.


4 posted on 05/21/2006 1:32:13 PM PDT by NYIslander
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To: NYIslander

I tend to think the Beinarts are even more dangerous because at times they sound reasonable. But they aren't, and they hold the same opinions on issues as the overt whackjobs in the end.


5 posted on 05/21/2006 2:40:05 PM PDT by AmericanChef
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