Thursday, June 02, 2005

It's their own fault 

From The Boston Globe's Jeff Jacoby:
What Kerry and the others object to is not that there are only conservative voices in media circles these days but that there are any such voices. The right-of-center Fox News cannot hold a candle to the combined left-of-center output of ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, and PBS. Scaife, Bradley, and Olin money helps leverage Republican messages, but its impact is dwarfed by the Ford, Rockefeller, Pew, Heinz, MacArthur, Carnegie, and Soros fortunes. The Washington Times is conservative? Yes, but The Washington Post is liberal -- and its circulation is eight times as large.

But for Kerry, Gore, and Clinton, even a few conservative outlets are too many. They grew up in the era before cable TV, talk radio, and the Internet -- the age when liberal dominance was unquestioned. Now Democrats have to compete in the marketplace of ideas, and voters don't seem to be buying what they're selling. Is it any wonder so many are grumpy?
If you go through life (a of unquestioning liberals, a suburb of unquestioning liberals) never having anyone question your ideas, is it any wonder that your ideas are often bad?

The reason why Conservatives are in assendance is because they've had to fight for what they have, in the field of ideas and political power. Democrats and liberals have been coasting since FDR.

UPDATE: P.J. O'Rourke explains why Kerry is against the first amendment's protection of free speech and the marketplace of ideas.

Reading what Kerry says in this article, excuse after excuse based on haziness and a negative outlook, shows me better why conservatives are doing well in politics. Optimism and confidence that push for broad solutions (normally free-market economic ones) to fix the ails of the nation. Leaving people to themselves is normally the best way. It leaves each state to decide whether it's 'red' or 'blue' and the consequences of such decision are generally confined to that state. Federalism bringing political harmony to the most number of people. And, even if you're not happy with this outcome, a hands-off government means that you can go about your business the way you want to most of the time anyway.

Sigh. If only they taught that in college. More of my fellow students probably wouldn't be so intellectually dull and ignorant concerning political philosophies and ideas. And the sad thing is that this isn't just the student's themselves fault--its their professors for not teaching them to think better.

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