Liberalism is all about taking the common man for a ride, promising them a paradise if they play along, and then leaving them to foot the heavy bill. Two demographics in particular, however, are hit especially hard by the socialist agenda of liberals: women and youth. These two excellent articles from AmericanThinker.com explain the chilling truth about the left's treatment of women, starting with Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, and our nation's naive youth.
From "The Wilding of Sarah Palin":
When I was in college, I read a book that changed my life. It was Susan Brownmiller's tome, Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape, which explained rape as an act of power instead of just lust. What I found particularly chilling was the chapter on war -- how rape is used to terrorize a population and destroy the enemy's spirit.
While edifying, the book magnified the vulnerability I already felt as a female. Fear of rape became a constant dread, and I sought a solution that would help shield me from danger.
The answer: seek safe harbor within the Democratic Party. I even became an activist for feminist causes, including violence against women. Liberalism would protect me from the big, bad conservatives who wished me harm.
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From "Obama and the Cult of Youth":
Young people are stupid. [...]
Would that stupidity were the most unappealing aspect of youth. Sadly, it often comes mixed with callowness and a smug, unearned moral superiority -- a truly repugnant cocktail. [...]
Societies of all kinds recognize these inherent failings of youth. The difference between healthy societies and sick societies is that sick societies take advantage of the young, flattering them by indulging their self-superiority and cultivating their loyalty while propagandizing them into following the ideology of the regime.
In the Roman Republic -- as healthy, vigorous, and successful a society as has ever existed -- age was the prized characteristic, especially in public servants, who engaged in a political rat-race called the cursus honorum, the "race of honors." This was a complex system of elected offices which included consuls (a sort of duel executive), tribunes, and various magistrates in charge of state finance, religion, and administration.
To succeed in this highly competitive, intellectually and morally challenging system, a degree of wisdom and temperance was required -- characteristics which are the sole province of elders then and now. The Romans were passionately attached to their Republic, which they correctly saw as a unique and precious form of government, and they wanted it helmed by wise and virtuous men. Such men are by definition free of the emotional fevers of youth.
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