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3.19.2007

Barone on the "Blame America First Crowd"

I have never understood those people who leap to America for every problem and injustice that exists. What I find even more amazing is that those who are always there to place blame usually don't even recognize the pattern. So I was incredibly pleased to read Mr. Barone's take on these people and the causes of this mentality.
Where does this default assumption come from? And why is it so prevalent among our affluent educated class (which, after all, would seem to overlap considerably with the people being complained about?). It comes, I think, from our schools and, especially, from our colleges and universities. The first are staffed by liberals long accustomed to see America as full of problems needing solving; the latter have been packed full of the people cultural critic Roger Kimball calls "tenured radicals," people who see this country and its people as the source of all evil in the world.

This rings very true to me. I graduated from one of the most conservative public universities in the country (so conservative that President Bush received an exceedingly warm welcome for his graduation speech during a time when he was taking fire from every side) and I can tell you this attitude exists even there in a majority of the faculty's minds. What is even more disturbing to me is how right his conclusion is:
"There is something profoundly wrong when opposition to the war in Iraq seems to inspire greater passion than opposition to Islamist extremism," Sen. Joseph Lieberman said in a speech last week. What is profoundly wrong is that too many of us are operating off the default assumption and have lost sight of who our real enemies are.

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