A conservative reader points us to a Peggy Noonan piece that claims Obama is failing because of his efforts to foment “class warfare.” (Ed: Seriously?)

Former Reagan speech writer, talking head, and gifted writer, Peggy Noonan, can speak for herself about her views. Her piece “The Power of Bad Ideas,” is behind the Wall Street Journal pay wall. Nonsubscribers can find a copy of it here:

The president was confident he could go over the heads of the opposition and win the day with his powers of persuasion. On July 25 he made his move, with a prime-time national address.

Boy, did it not work.

It was a speech with a calm surface but a rough undertow. “The wealthiest Americans” and “biggest corporations” should “give up some of their breaks.” The “burden” must be “fairly shared.” The problem is Republicans, who are “insisting” on an approach that “doesn’t ask the wealthiest Americans or the biggest corporations to contribute anything at all.” These Republicans ask nothing of “those at the top of the income scale.” Their stand would “threaten working families” and enrich the “corporate jet owner,” the “oil companies” and “hedge fund managers.” But don’t worry, “the 98% of Americans who make under $250,000 would see no tax increases at all.” “Millionaires and billionaires” must “share in the sacrifice.” Otherwise the government may not be able to send out Social Security checks.

It was, obviously, an attempt at class warfare. But class warfare is inherently manipulative, and people often sense manipulation and lean away from it. Americans at this point—they’ve been through the 20th century—don’t like attempts to divide them. It turns things sour.

A response is in the works and will be posted shortly.


About Guy N. Texas

Guy N. Texas is the pen name of a lawyer living in Dallas, who is now a liberal. He was once conservative, but this word has so morphed in meaning that he can no longer call himself that in good conscience. Guy has no political aspirations. He speaks only for himself.
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2 Responses to A conservative reader points us to a Peggy Noonan piece that claims Obama is failing because of his efforts to foment “class warfare.” (Ed: Seriously?)

  1. Pingback: Guy’s response to Peggy Noonan (via the reader who sent it in) | Notes and Rests Make Music

  2. vance wittie says:

    We have somehow reached a point where social equality is not only ignored as a factor in assessing social policy, but is not even permitted to be the part of the discussion. During the past thirty years wealth has been accumulating in the hands of a relative few while the real income of the vast majority has stagnated. The Middle Class has been able to hang on only by forcing more families to have two wage-earners and by increasing the amount of debt. There are no more life lines left, folks are de-leveraging and aggregate demand is left on the rocks.

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