Did your parents tell you the story of the boy who cried ‘wolf’? Tending sheep, he thought he would spice things up by sounding the alarm that a wolf was attacking his flock. The frightened villagers rushed to his rescue only to find the alarm was bogus. After pulling this stunt a few times, the disgusted villagers began to ignore him. Predictably, when a real wolf threatened his sheep, no one came to his aid. Does this moral lesson still hold true?
You would think that the abject failure of nearly all those cities that have been run by Democratic mayors, city councils and leaders would suggest that their ideas are unsuccessful. The residents of those cities send their children to failing schools, live on crime-ridden streets and watch their neighborhoods deteriorate as city government defers infrastructure maintenance in favor of giving yet greater benefits to their employees. Yet, every serious attempt to make real improvement is met by liberal pundits shouting ‘wolf’ (racism), preferring hopeless situations and dependent citizens to the threat of Republican ascendancy and spreading freedom from government. So far, the villagers (Americans) keep running to fight the imagined peril, ignoring real threats.
When Paul Ryan made a comment acknowledging certain inner city realities and proposing that different solutions were needed, liberals needed to destroy him. While his words condemned only educational and government values, entrenched Democratic interests twisted what he said to accuse him of condemning certain people. Better that the inner city unemployment rate keeps rising rather than allowing a Republican politician to make inroads with solid Democratic constituencies.
Thankfully, Mr. Ryan didn’t accept the accusation and grovel. Unfortunately, he did apologize for using insensitive language. Like too many other Republicans, he has to learn the lesson that offense works better than defense. The point of the accusation was to disqualify him and take attention from his ideas. How much better it would have been if he would have rejected the allegation and pointed to the dismal record of the Obama administration. He should have quoted the president and other Democratic leaders saying similar words and accused his accusers of preferring hatred of conservatives to improving the condition of suffering children.
A few months ago, television personality Melissa Harris Perry made a vicious remark about the Romney’s adopted grandchild based on the child’s race. The remark was so rude and venomous that she tearfully apologized. Mr. Romney revealed himself as a perfect gentleman when he graciously accepted her apology. At the same time, he proved why he was an unsuccessful presidential candidate. Handed a high-profile opportunity to focus the conversation on liberal prejudice against conservatives and demand that Ms. Harris examine her own and her peers’ biases, he instead ended the conversation.
A few months ago, I wrote about Stephen Daughtry’s book, Waking the Sleeping Giant and how I thought that every conservative should read it. As Republicans compete once again to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, it seems obvious that neither Mr. Romney nor Mr. Paul has done so.
(Kudos to Bill Maher for raising the issue of the hypocrisy of the Left. This is worth reading.)
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