Ideological clashes over particular laws, policies and programs often go far deeper. Those with opposing views of what is desirable for the future also tend to differ equally sharply as to what the reality of the present is. In other words, they envision two very different worlds.
Politicians seem to have little trouble understanding how the basic Law of Demand works when it comes to things they want to discourage, like cigarettes — or when it comes to things they want to encourage, like education.
Nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Mark Levin is an outspoken critic of Congressman Ron Paul. Levin labors tirelessly to convince the members of his audience that Paul suffers from a condition of poverty that has ravaged his intellect no less than his moral character. Paul is no kind of conservative, “the Great One” informs us: besides advocating a foreign policy that is supposedly as idiotic in conception as it promises to be ruinous in effect, Ron Paul is an “anti-Semite.”
The other day I came across a book buried in my library for years, H. G. Wells' The Open Conspiracy: Blue Prints for a World Revolution, published in 1928. Considering that I’ve been writing about the conspiracy for world government for decades, I wondered “how long has this been going on?” Of course, that’s the title of one of George and Ira Gershwin’s immortal popular songs, written in 1927 for a Broadway musical called Smarty. And wouldn’t you know that it is the smarty insiders who have been promoting this world revolution since the late 19th century. (And some conspiracy historians say much longer.)
The other night I was watching interviewer Piers Morgan, CNN’s replacement for Larry King, who retired from TV in December 2010. Morgan was interviewing Arianna Huffington, the Greek-American political commentator-activist, whose Internet journal, the Huffington Post, or HuffPo, is comprised of daily comments from liberal bloggers and columnists. The subject was the American Dream and what’s happened to it.