Despite depressing evidence to the contrary, many liberals stubbornly cling to a social philosophy that continues to degrade our confidence in government. One example: According to the census bureau the U.S. poverty rate in 1965 stood at 14 percent; in 2015 the poverty rate was 14.5 percent. Our politicians have spent nearly 22 TRILLION dollars on Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Yet, the well-entrenched Poverty Bureaucracy continues to spend without pause.
Although far from a perfect decade, I believe the 1950s marked the last days of our faith in institutions such as government, academe, and the news media. What followed in the 1960s and later was the rise of a self-congratulating liberalism that promised but clearly failed to solve the problems created by poverty, racism, and the unintended results of their own ill-conceived social agenda. Instead, their dogged and sometimes fanatical support of the welfare state created a polarizing sense of distrust that nibbled away at our normally optimistic nature. Political discourse became intolerant of opposing views, public behavior turned coarser, and the need to accept personal responsibility for one’s actions vanished from our national character.
Like it or not, the deep distrust of government arose from the noble-sounding but largely ineffective programs conceived and implemented by the smugly inept and then foisted upon a trusting but often gullible constituency. Rather than adopting new ideas, liberals continue to serve the same old pudding, hoping that new bowls will change the flavor of a dish gone bad.
Sam Lutton, Belleville