June 24, 2005

Democrats - The New Reactionaries?

Charles Krauthammer has an interesting article in today's Washington Post:
What has happened to the Democrats over the past few decades is best captured by the phrase (coined by Kevin Phillips) "reactionary liberalism." Spent of new ideas, they have but one remaining idea: to hang on to the status quo at all costs. This is true across the board. On Social Security, which is facing an impending demographic and fiscal crisis, they have put absolutely nothing on the table. On presidential appointments -- first, judges and now ambassador to the United Nations -- they resort to the classic weapon of southern obstructionism: the filibuster. And on foreign policy, they have nothing to say on the war on terrorism, the war in Iraq or the burgeoning Arab Spring (except the refrain: "Guantanamo").
I think he has a point. Over the past few years, the Democrats are quick to point out the shortcomings or flaws in Bush's policies or, of course, his implementation of those policies. However, the Democrats rarely come up with many alternatives.
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