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Flashback: On Theocons.

OpinionJournal.com revives this piece from September 13, 1984 that very well could have been written today:

...many active liberals carried along their newly found moral certitude and quasi-religious fervor into nearly every major public-policy issue that has come along in the past 15 years. The result has been liberal fundamentalism....

Not surprisingly, this evangelical liberalism produced a response. Conservative groups--both secular and religious--were created, and they quite obviously make the political success of their adversaries more difficult. Liberals don't like that. So now, suddenly, we find all these politicians and columnists who are afraid someone might want to impose a particular point of view on them. "There is a long and unhappy history of intolerance which still flourishes at the extremist fringe of American politics," says Ted Kennedy, a fundamentalist liberal preacher from eastern Massachusetts. Indeed there is....

If some liberals are now afraid that certain Christian fundamentalists will reintroduce new forms of intolerance and excessive religious zeal into American political life, perhaps we should concede the possibility that they know what they're talking about. But they might also meditate on the current election and why there has been an apparent rightward shift in political sentiment in the U.S. It could be that a great many voters have taken a good look at the fundamentalists on the religious right and the fundamentalists on the political left and made up their own minds about which pose the greater threat to their own private and public values.

Different year, same refrain.

UPDATE:

The left-wing Center for American Progress sent this cartoon to the WILLisms.com inbox, right on cue:

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How clever.

Not.

Posted by Will Franklin · 16 May 2005 04:48 PM

Comments

What a bunch of bologna!...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at May 16, 2005 06:43 PM

Do they actually beleive that?

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at May 17, 2005 06:00 AM