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The Cheap Mental Stimulants of the NY Times

Apropos your post, Jennifer, about Maureen Dowd’s most recent temper tantrum: it is noteworthy how liberals, in the wake of the failures of Obama and the broader liberal effort to transform America, are expressing deepening alienation from our nation and turning on the American people with a vengeance.

This type of lashing out is now fairly commonplace and, for the liberal cause they claim to speak for, insane. Voters don’t like to be condescended to by a political class that possesses unchecked moral arrogance, and they don’t appreciate their nation’s being referred to as “irrational” and suffering from “some weird mass nervous breakdown” simply because they take positions contrary to those held by denizens of the Upper West Side.

In Saul Bellow’s 1964 novel, Herzog, the main character, Moses Herzog, a philosophy professor, refers to “the cheap mental stimulants of Alienation.” A lot of the commentariat, including Ms. Dowd, are showing signs of addiction to that cheap stimulant these days.

It comes at a cost.



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