“Obama staffed his administration occupationally, regionally, and ideologically on a very narrow basis. Virtually everyone in the administration hailed from Chicago, New York, Boston, or the San Francisco Bay area. Few had any practical or business experience; rather, they were the credentialed “experts,” Wall Streeters, and the kind of university-based specialists that Herbert Croly had extolled at the turn of the twentieth century as a natural ruling class. Like the president, they were invested in the sense of their own brilliance and unassailable authority. And like the president, who rejected American exceptionalism, they saw Europe’s welfare states, even as they were in throes of crisis, as the model to emulate.” ─ The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 200.
“Nearly four years into his presidency Obama was still hammering and blaming George Bush, but he and his fellow liberals have to date never provided a coherent alternative to a market-driven economy and limited government. Obamacare is but an updating of Herbert Croly’s plans to turn federal policy over to boards of experts. Their failures notwithstanding, liberals today, like those of the 1920s, still pretend to be the sole keepers of the noosphere. Far too many have invested far too much in liberalism’s pretentions to ever abandon it, even in the face of abject policy and electoral failure. Liberals defend their policies today not on substance, but with John Stewart sarcasm (sub-Menckenesque as it is) about the failings of their rivals.”─The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 203.
“What unites the top and bottom of the Obama coalition is an apparent disdain for the copybook maxims of faith, family, and hard work. Upper-middle-class liberals often live by those very maxims, but they refuse to preach what they practice. To be straightforward about how they live would reveal well-to-do liberals as far more conventional than their pretensions would allow.”
“With the election of 2012, America has taken a giant step closer to the European model the original liberals of 1919 so ardently admired. But European social democracy, like blue-state America, is imperilled by its sheer costs. “Europe got the American president it wanted ─ the one who would present no threat to its own delusions,” explained the British writer Janet Daley in November 2012. “The United States is now officially one of us: an Old World country complete with class hatred, ethnic Balkanization, bourgeois guilt, and a paternalist ruling elite. And it is locked into the same death spiral of high public spending and self-defeating wealth redistribution we are.”