“While liberals worked on perfecting their rights regimen, the private-sector middle class was subject to rising crime rates, collapsing cities, family breakdown, global and immigrant [illegal and otherwise] competition, and stagnant incomes. Violent crime rose sharply in the 1960s and kept rising until the 1990s. Thanks to the American Civil Liberties Union, the group founded by the first liberals in the Wake of World War I, the growth in street violence was accompanied by a series of Supreme Court decisions, most notably Mapp v. Ohio and Miranda v. Arizona, that made it harder to effectively prosecute criminals.” ─The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 172.
“[Charles] Peters was among the first liberals to see that the government had become its own interest group. Like FDR, he feared that public-sector unions would diminish not only public services, but society more generally [which they have].”
“Peter’s insights were lost on the Democrats of 1984. Walter Mondale, Carter’s vice president, won the Democratic nomination as the candidate of the National Organization for Women, the AFL-CIO, the civil rights establishment, and the teachers unions. The feminist organizations imposed the less-than-prepossessing Representative Geraldine Ferraro on Mondale as his running mate, making her the first female on a major national ticket. The problem, explained Mondale adviser Richard Moe, was that “people simply don’t want their president [like Obama] to be wholly owned by any group of special interests.” ─ The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 174.