by Max Brantley
“Show me a young Conservative and I'll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I'll show you someone with no brains.”
― Winston Churchill
Republicans have scoffed at these citations of Cotton's collegiate writing, including some of the same people who STILL gripe about the famous Bill Clinton ROTC letter in his college days. (Which, by the way, was revealing about the former president's essential political being.)
Here, however, is a Cotton column that his Republican apologists are more likely to be happy to quote at length, "Liberals Phone Home"
Since January, Americans have been paying a new federal tax on long-distance telephone services. Now, this news might come as a surprise to many, since long-distance bills contain no new line item to account for the tax. The story of behind this invisible tax captures the essence of modern liberalism. It demonstrates how liberals advance their political agenda through a putrid combination of procedure and substance.
The procedure of liberalism is lawlessness. Liberals have no patience for democratic processes and political persuasion; after all, the people voted for Reagan—twice! So liberals do not condescend to build national political and legislative majorities. That approach is too tenuous since the people might not accept the putative wisdom of liberalism. Liberals instead use the courts and the bureaucracy to accomplish that which they cannot accomplish at the ballot box. They push their programs on Americans by fiat, without the deliberation or compromise a diverse, continental republic otherwise demands.
The substance of liberalism is foolishness, which explains why liberals avoid the ballot box, since Americans largely have the common sense to recognize foolishness for what it is and reject it as such. For example, liberals wanted to help the poor, especially poor children, so they created a welfare system with perverse incentives that encouraged the birth of children into poverty. For another example, liberals want to open political office to all candidates, so they seek to limit the availability of indispensable campaign funds. The list could continue endlessly, but the point is the same: liberal policies are counterintuitive on their face, lacking logical and factual argument.
Putrid. Lawless. Condescending. Use of extraordinary means to defeat what can't be won at the ballot box. Lacking logic.
There's more. Check the link and enjoy.
But please. Do not dare invoke the name of a twice-elected president; his lawfully enacted groundbreaking legislation to provide health care to millions of Americans, or the effort to defeat it in court and, failing that, by extraordinary procedural means.
To the Republicans who tire of reading young Tom, I point them to the words of another famous English writer: "The child is the father of the man."
Cotton may be brainy, but in pronouncement after pronouncement (think food stamps for starters) he hasn't demonstrated that aging grows the heart of a young conservative.