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New lies of the old left

By Doug Patton
web posted August 2, 2004
In the 1960s, the "New Left" came to prominence on America's university campuses. The Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the Weather Underground and the publishers of "Ramparts" magazine were said to have replaced the "Old Left," which was embodied by the likes of perpetual Communist Party presidential candidate Gus Hall. A torch was being passed to a new generation of anti-capitalist, anti-American radicals.

Today, those New Left radicals are America's tenured university professors. They populate the newsrooms of the television networks and our once-great newspapers. More disturbing still, the New Left now comprises the mainstream of the Democratic Party, and they have just nominated their presidential dream ticket.

The New Left hates President Bush and openly mocks America's foreign policy. Gone are the hawkish, pro-America Democrats of the 1970s, men like Sen. Henry "Scoop" Jackson, D-Wash., whose partisan zeal stopped at the water's edge. The last such Democrat statesman, Georgia Sen. Zell Miller, author of "A National Party No More," has become so disgusted with his own party that he is openly supporting Bush's reelection and will be a featured speaker at the Republican Convention in New York City.

At the Democrat Convention in Boston, the lies were buried beneath so much flag waving, one would have thought one had tuned into a conservative, patriotic rally for America instead of a gathering of whacko activists bent on redefining America. These are people who believe in killing babies in the womb, but not condemned murderers on death row or tyrants on the battlefield. After mocking marriage for the last thirty years, they now have great reverence for the institution—but only if the union involves two people of the same sex. And they believe that we can turn the sovereignty of the United States of America over to the fine folks at the United Nations who brought us the Oil for Food scandal.

Michael Moore is just the latest example of the growing list of America-hating Hollywood leftists who are now being embraced by a Democrat Party that has lost all touch with American values. Ditto for the Fourth Estate, which has treated Moore's latest work as if it were an actual documentary. Who would have thought that this propagandist would have been welcomed onto the floor of the Democrat National Convention, or—worse yet—that USA Today would hire him to cover the GOP Convention as if he were a serious journalist?

Governmental power is the god of the New Left. They do not trust individuals to make decisions about their own lives. They do not believe minorities can make it in America without their largess. And they certainly do not believe the American people really intended to elect George W. Bush as their president.

The lies of the New Left are the last gasp of a party that ruled America for half a century and failed. They are desperate to regain the power they lost a decade ago when their felon-in-chief drove the nation into the arms of the Republicans.

The New Left has become, in effect, the Old Left. Like Lenin and his cronies in the old Soviet Union, they will continue to lie until they are embraced or repudiated. And then they will lie some more.
Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a speechwriter and policy advisor for candidates, elected officials and public policy organizations at the federal, state and local levels. He is a senior writer for GOPUSA, and his weekly columns are published in newspapers across the country. He also writes for Talon News Service. Readers can e-mail him at dpatton@neonramp.com.

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