Failures on Poverty, Gun Control Point to the End of Liberalism

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Failures on Poverty, Gun Control Point to the End of Liberalism


Bedard, Paul, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


It wasnt supposed to go this way for liberals like President Obama and congressional Democratic leaders. But just four years after the euphoric 2008 election, theyve lost control of two symbolic issues: poverty and gun control.

Conservatives are seizing on a new report that poverty is reaching the highest levels since the 1960s-era War on Poverty began and also the weak calls for gun control following last Fridays mass shooting in a Colorado movie theater showing the new Batman movie.

Certainly, liberalism is dead, said R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., author of a new book, The Death of Liberalism.

Giddy conservatives told Secrets that the failure of two crown jewels of liberalism, ending poverty and limiting gun ownership, are a sign of a political sea change in the nation.

Whats more, they credit Obama for the shift, noting that since he slapped gun owners in 2008, he has backed away from calling for limits, even during his weekend meeting with the families of the Colorado shooting victims. They also point to the growth of welfare and food stamp usage under Obama.

Tyrrell, founder and editor in chief of the conservative American Spectator, is head cheerleader of the effort to hang the fading of liberal policy on the president, writing in his book that Obama is the pallbearer of liberalism.

Consider, there are unprecedented levels of poverty under Obama despite an enormous proportion of the federal programs now being devoted to eliminating poverty, and the Messiah simply calls on the electorate to redouble its expenditures very dramatic! he told Secrets with his trademark flair.

And, he added, With roughly 200 million guns loose in the country, a maniac commits vast carnage in Colorado and the New York Times, in its headline, claims we are all reviving debate on gun control. We cannot even control our borders, but somehow we are going to gather up 200 million guns. …

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