Liberty: The Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time

By Stephen Crawford

Poor Dana Milbank!

In “The weakest generation?” Dana laments that his generation remains untested in the cauldron of sacrifice, in the safe-guarding of liberty. His parents’, “the greatest generation,” fought great battles – the Great Depression, the fascism of Germany, the imperialism of Japan, and the civil rights movement of the 60s.

Meanwhile, “Generation X” had only nominal threats – “the fight against apartheid, for gay rights and for environmentalism.” For this, he concludes, we are “soft: unthreatened, unchallenged and uninspired.”

As I went looking for the world’s smallest violin, I noticed the real reason for this handwringing.

A hit piece, a summary dismissal of the integrity, character, courage, and patriotism of conservatives and independents, specifically “Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin:”

“Without a transcendent social struggle calling us to seek justice as Americans, they substitute factional causes — Repeal Obamacare! Taxed Enough Already! — or manufactured crises over debt limits and government shutdowns.”

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