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Forty Years after the Death of a Party
American Thinker ^ | August 20, 2008 | Bruce Walker

Posted on 08/20/2008 5:15:01 AM PDT by vietvet67

Forty years ago, in the third week of August 1968, something horrible happened to the American Left and to its host, the Democratic Party. We have been living with this horror ever since. Democrats once embraced patriotism. Scoop Jackson, a true liberal on domestic issues, was as passionate a supporter of America against our enemies as any other politician in America. JFK, in his 1960 campaigned against Nixon in 1960, argued that the Eisenhower Administration had neglected national defense and he promised to defend freedom anywhere. Harry Truman was wrong on many things, but he defended the Republic of Korea, he ordered the Berlin Airlift, and he pushed the Truman Plan and the Marshall Plan. Once Democrats, liberal Democrats, were genuine patriots who opposed our totalitarian enemies.

This anti-totalitarian Left insisted that communism would implode from within. Contain communism, liberal Democrats once said, and it would fall. Implicit in this interpretation of world events was the idea that this ghastly expression of Leftism totalitarianism was rotten to the core. Implicit in this also was the belief that modern war was too awful a nightmare even to be used to roll back communism. Both Left and Right agreed about the final goal -- the end of the Soviet empire -- but disagreed about tactics. This, at least, had been true since 1945.

In 1968, America, largely alone, was fighting communism in Southeast Asia. Good men still debate the wisdom of that war. Was trying to stop communism in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos worth the sacrifice of American blood? Should we have fought a war when our SEATO allies, Britain and France, ignored their treaty obligations and traded with the enemy? Should we have fought a war with ground troops that might have been fought with fewer losses by sea and air power? Should we have fought a war hamstrung by civilian bureaucrats in Washington? What few liberal Democrats once questioned was the morality of defending imperfect, partially free allies from totalitarian conquest.

That changed dramatically forty years ago. At the Democratic Convention in Chicago, the pent-up animus against America, simmering on college campuses for years, blossomed into an anti-war movement which was not anti-war at all, but which was rather anti-America and anti-freedom. Banners celebrated brutal thugs like Ho Chi Minh and defined America as "Amerika." The protesters who carried these banners called openly for violence, not peace. The object of this movement was, quite simply, the triumph of evil.

Serious debates about the prudence and effectiveness of policies -- Was Southeast Asia worth defending? Were the operations and tactics employed wise? -- were replaced by fundamental questions about the morality of our nation. Communist dictators like Castro were celebrated. Mega-murderers like Mao were lionized. This was something new and hideous in American political discussion.

Many Americans supported isolationism before the Second World War, but these Americans did not say that our nation was a pox; they did not champion the wicked regimes in Germany, Italy, and Japan; they did not yearn that America become more like the world. Rather, these America Firsters thought that the world should become more like America.

No major political movement that despised America could have survived in America in 1940. Indeed, no major political movement can survive in a democracy which despises its homeland -- except in America. Forty years ago, the Democratic Party became an anomaly in the history of democracies: It assumed a posture of contempt towards the very nation which it sought to govern. Why? The principle reason was that a sated generation deprived of God thrashed about for purpose and, finding none, embraced the nihilism of Marxism and loathed the hopeful life that America had given to so many peoples from so many lands. My wife's parents, Holocaust survivors, loved America for the manifest goodness that it was. They understood totalitarianism and then they understood America. Life taught them the nature of good and of evil.

The anti-American students at the Chicago Democratic Convention, charter members of the most pampered generation in human history, assumed that goodness was imperfection and that evil was nirvana. Empty souls assumed that emptiness was the normal condition of the human soul. Marx, the father not only of Lenin, Stalin, and Mao, but also the father of Mussolini and Hitler, was the adopted father of these angry, spoiled children.

Even when Marx was a circus clown, these orphans of conscience hailed Ho and Mao and Che. And the very week that students fought in the streets for Marx, events on the other side of the world showed how utterly futile trust in Marx would be. The communist incarnation of Marx always had an ugly face. The prettiness of Bolshevism was always over the horizon. In 1968, some communists demanded a happy life now, not in some misty Marxian future paradise. These communists in Czechoslovakia gave their materialist religion a human face. Dissent was allowed by these communist rulers. Czechs acted like free people. Dubcek, General Secretary of the Czechoslovakian Communist Party, did not reject the tenets of Marx; he simply thought that a police state was not essential to Marx. Dubcek was wrong.

Days before students rioted at the Democratic Convention in Chicago (these students who saw no profit in trying to influence the Republican Convention in Miami), tanks from Warsaw Pact "allies" entered Czechoslovakia to re-impose rule, not Marxist rule -- Marxists were governing Czechoslovakia already -- but totalitarian rule. It was not clear, if it ever been unclear, that Marxism could never be anything but brutal oppression. The crushing of the Prague Spring, the brief and fragile flowering of human liberty under Marxism, proved that.

While Marxist armies patrolled the streets of newly occupied Prague, apologists and defenders of Marx in Chicago demanded that their vehicle of political expression, the Democratic Party, abandon resistance to Marxism throughout the world. These protesters won their war long after the convention. Although Hubert Humphrey won the party's nomination, he would be the last Democrat who truly defended America against totalitarian enemies to carry the banner of the party of JFK, Scoop Jackson, or Harry Truman.

Jackson, a hero to labor and a liberal in domestic politics, was crushed in the 1972 nomination run specifically because he was so staunch a defender of his country. McGovern won that 1972 nomination, guided by a medley of groups committed to the practical surrender of American power. Carter, who professed surprise at communist evil when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, was one of the two Democrats to win the White House since 1968. The other was Clinton, the draft dodger who travelled to Moscow during the Vietnam War. Obama, whose pastor openly damned America, will be the Democrats' nominee this year.

Incredibly, a political party largely reconstructed around the notion that its own nation is evil and its own citizens are dupes or worse, has survived and thrived in America. Its party leaders more or less openly root for the defeat of American soldiers in war. Its party bigwigs hobnob with America-haters like Michael Moore at national conventions. Its party faithful, according to public opinion polls, listen seriously to arguments that the American government planned war upon its own people.

The descent from a reasonable, serious political party into a gaggle of anti-patriots began forty years ago this month, just as the case for winning the Cold War was made most emphatically in the streets of Prague. It is not accidental that a former Democrat turned Republican, Ronald Reagan, won that Cold War over the constant squawking of Democrats.

The students of Chicago streets are now the old men of the Democrat Party. They blame America, somehow, for Russian tanks in Georgia, just as they blamed America, if they blamed anyone, for Soviet tanks in Czechoslovakia. Frozen in time, immune to reality, they tear and claw at the nation which gave them everything. They lived as they lived in 1968 -- reveling in the bloodying of America, chanting praises of Marxist monsters, pummeling anyone within their party who did not toe the party line.

When people sense the sickness of American politics and government, what they sense is something missing for forty years from our national dialog: Sincere and patriotic partisan debate. There should be two political parties, both committed to the American Dream, both in love with their nation, both proud to defend her. Instead, one party has accepted the lies told about America on the streets of Chicago in 1968. Too rich, too powerful, too confident, too comfortable -- this is what the rioters in Chicago thought of America then; this is what the heart of the Democratic Party thinks now, forty years after their political party died.

Bruce Walker is the author of two books: Sinisterism: Secular Religion of the Lie, and his recently published book, The Swastika against the Cross: The Nazi War on Christianity.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 1968; anniversary; recreate68

1 posted on 08/20/2008 5:15:01 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: vietvet67

Great read. Thanks for posting.


2 posted on 08/20/2008 5:17:41 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus (( commander of the simian host))
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To: vietvet67

The point at which the dems lost touch with reality was when they nominated Adlai Stevenson to run against Ike.


3 posted on 08/20/2008 5:23:33 AM PDT by wendy1946
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To: vietvet67
Carter, who professed surprise at communist evil when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, was one of the two Democrats to win the White House since 1968. The other was Clinton, the draft dodger who travelled to Moscow during the Vietnam War. Obama, whose pastor openly damned America, will be the Democrats' nominee this year.

A pacifist... a rapist and a communist

4 posted on 08/20/2008 5:26:52 AM PDT by johnny7 ("Duck I says... ")
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To: vietvet67

bkmk


5 posted on 08/20/2008 5:28:40 AM PDT by g'nad
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To: vietvet67

....I’m old enough to remember when the Dems were pro-American, pro-capitalism and pro-military....hell, I used to be a Dem...the author is right....the dems went Left in ‘68 and have only gone harder Left since....and their cheerleaders in this have been the Media/Hollywood/the Academy.


6 posted on 08/20/2008 5:29:44 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: vietvet67
I'm convinced that the only reason the Left didn't protest World War II was because Hitler invaded their hero-nation, the Soviet Union. If you look at American History, the unity our nation had in WW II was an abberation, not the norm. The Revolution had as many Loyalists as Patriots. The Civil War had Copperheads trying to destroy America with the North, while the Rebels tried to destroy America in the south, WW I had Bolshevist agitators, and we all know what happened in Vietnam and today in Iraq (although I'm pretty sure the bedwetters would be protesting Afghanistan if they thought they'd get the chance).

Too bad the Democrat Party has become infested with these twinkletoes...America needs two viable political parties.

7 posted on 08/20/2008 5:30:24 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople
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To: vietvet67

Says it all. Thanks.


8 posted on 08/20/2008 5:33:54 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: MuttTheHoople

I agree that the reason the Left didn’t protest World War II was because Hitler invaded their hero-nation, the Soviet Union but also of note is that the POTUS, FDR, was not a Republican. If only the Democrat Party would be finished off in this election, they are one with all of the enemies of this country!


9 posted on 08/20/2008 5:38:29 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: vietvet67

Replace every Dem-agogue-ocrat with a Libertarian.

Having a 50-50 split between Republicans and Libertarians would result in an upward spiral of competition, with actual improvements (as opposed to the current setup of leftwing socialists vying for as much control and dependence as they can force upon us, and slightly-less-left, slightly-less-socialist “me-too”ers offering watered down versions of the same).


10 posted on 08/20/2008 5:44:12 AM PDT by BobbyT
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To: vietvet67
Incredibly, a political party largely reconstructed around the notion that its own nation is evil and its own citizens are dupes or worse, has survived and thrived in America. Its party leaders more or less openly root for the defeat of American soldiers in war. Its party bigwigs hobnob with America-haters like Michael Moore at national conventions. Its party faithful, according to public opinion polls, listen seriously to arguments that the American government planned war upon its own people.

Great article. Love the paragraph above. Thanks for posting.

11 posted on 08/20/2008 5:47:39 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: vietvet67
Danged good article. And true.

I could have written my own "The Tin Drum". I was in CA. It was akin to being "invaded" and "occupied" in 1968. What went down in Chicago in 1968; instantly arose in CA. Specifically around the SF area. I saw the "before" and "after".

There should be two political parties, both committed to the American Dream, both in love with their nation, both proud to defend her. Instead, one party has accepted the lies told about America on the streets of Chicago in 1968. Too rich, too powerful, too confident, too comfortable -- this is what the rioters in Chicago thought of America then; this is what the heart of the Democratic Party thinks now, forty years after their political party died.

It's what they wished for at onset of their "uprising". Death. They, philosophically, bargained their own suicide pact.

12 posted on 08/20/2008 5:51:46 AM PDT by Alia
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To: vietvet67
When people sense the sickness of American politics and government, what they sense is something missing for forty years from our national dialog: Sincere and patriotic partisan debate. There should be two political parties, both committed to the American Dream, both in love with their nation, both proud to defend her.

Unfortunately there is only one such party, and at times its leaders seem all too intent on making it into a branch of the Democratic Party.

13 posted on 08/20/2008 5:54:38 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: vietvet67

mark


14 posted on 08/20/2008 5:54:46 AM PDT by Christian4Bush (About Obama: "Overinflated balloons pop suddenly and catastrophically." - Bill Dupray)
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To: vietvet67

Ping for forwarding. Thank you, great find.


15 posted on 08/20/2008 6:03:08 AM PDT by GT Vander (In Texas we have a death penalty, and we USE it!!!)
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To: vietvet67

Fighting long, “small” foreign wars using conscripted soldiers would seem to be a discredited strategy.


16 posted on 08/20/2008 6:04:48 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Huma for co-president! (it ain't over 'til it's over))
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To: vietvet67
incredibly, a political party largely reconstructed around the notion that its own nation is evil and its own citizens are dupes or worse, has survived and thrived in America.

The majority people of America are not leftists by any means but as Lincoln once said, "You can fool some of the people all the time."

17 posted on 08/20/2008 6:28:18 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: STONEWALLS
...the dems went Left in ‘68 and have only gone harder Left since

A whole bunch of things happened in '68, with Leftist agitators being especially active worldwide.

I wonder to what extent the Czechoslovakian "Prague Spring" in January 1968 convinced the Kremlin to go all out in financing Leftist takeovers worldwide

18 posted on 08/20/2008 6:39:34 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." -- George Orwell)
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To: STONEWALLS

I’m old enough too, and what I specifically rmember was the deliberate and well funded Communist infiltration of the basically idealistic “causes” that engaged the young at that time.

The idealism had been a leftover frow WWII; we had been on the side of the angels, had defeated evil and the ext generation wanted to find ad fix veil too.

The Civil Rights movement (where I was active at the time) was just that, and it got severely damages from within by these infiltrators, who seemed to have access to whatever funds they needed to help a project along.


19 posted on 08/20/2008 6:41:54 AM PDT by From many - one.
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To: vietvet67

bttt


20 posted on 08/20/2008 6:56:34 AM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: johnny7

“A pacifist... a rapist and a communist”

and both are Cowards.


21 posted on 08/20/2008 7:02:00 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Say Obama were "Pinky", Then who is "The Brain"?)
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To: STONEWALLS
"used to be a Dem"

ditto here. I'm sure many Freeper faithful have a hard time believing it, but the Dems used to be considered the hawks on foreign policy. Much of JFK's campaign was railing against Republican's "weakness" on the Soviets. There always was that far-left fringe in the party, and after '68 they took over completely.

22 posted on 08/20/2008 7:12:09 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: From many - one.
"Civil rights"

Nice comment. Civil rights was the main reason (parents had a strong influence too) why I was a Dem when I was young. The leftists perverted those ideals and shoved a lot of other bad stuff on the Dem Party and the country as a whole.

23 posted on 08/20/2008 7:16:08 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: From many - one.; PapaBear3625; driftless2

“...I specifically rmember was the deliberate and well funded Communist infiltration...”

yes,....and people like Hoover, Reagan, McCarthy ect. who warned against Communist infiltration are now savagely attacked by the Academy/Hollywood/the Media.


24 posted on 08/20/2008 7:23:55 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
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Bookmark


25 posted on 08/20/2008 7:31:00 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (www.pinupsforvets.com)
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To: MuttTheHoople

Actually, the left were against the war during the period of time when Hitler & Stalin were making nice nice with each other. Once Hitler invaded the Soviet Union, they “flipped” their opinion.


26 posted on 08/20/2008 7:39:20 AM PDT by Renkluaf
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To: STONEWALLS
....I’m old enough to remember when the Dems were pro-American, pro-capitalism and pro-military....hell, I used to be a Dem...

Though never a Democrat myself (my dad was one,) I remember when many Democrats were honorable men, with whom you could disagree on policy, but still view with respect. During most of his career, Sen. Moynihan was one of these. He warned of the destructive effects welfare would have on the family. Sadly, I cannot think of a current Democrat (since Zell Miller retired) that I can respect. This is very sad,

27 posted on 08/20/2008 7:53:08 AM PDT by RochesterFan
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To: MuttTheHoople

Good observation. The left adamantly defended the hideous Nazi/Soviet pact and thus fought the possibility of entry into World War Two. When their precious, murderous, Soviet Union was invaded, they turned on a dime and screamed and screeched for the US and Britain to assist Communist Russia.


28 posted on 08/20/2008 1:14:40 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: vietvet67

So, our Democrats “progressed” from national socialism to international socialism.


29 posted on 08/20/2008 2:01:35 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (When hopelessness replaces hope, it opens the door to evil.)
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To: vietvet67

btt


30 posted on 08/20/2008 3:50:45 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: driftless2
The leftists perverted those ideals and shoved a lot of other bad stuff on the Dem Party and the country as a whole.

They popularized drug usage too. Now even elementary school kids use drugs. When I was in high school in the fifties, no one had ever heard of marijauna.

31 posted on 08/21/2008 10:38:55 AM PDT by saminfl (,/i)
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bump


32 posted on 08/23/2008 9:35:54 PM PDT by foreverfree
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