Saturday, November 26, 2011

The More Things Change. . .

Jonathan Bernstein stumbles across this little nugget from 1988.
I’ve been going through George H.W. Bush’s 1988 convention acceptance speech for another project, and came across a couple of fun items.
First, one of the great rhetorical tricks…of course, this was a lot fresher then than it is when they use it now:
But let’s be frank. Things aren’t perfect in this country. There are people who haven’t tasted the fruits of the expansion. I’ve talked to farmers about the bills they can’t pay. I’ve been to the factories that feel the strain of change. I’ve seen the urban children who play amidst the shattered glass and shattered lives. And there are the homeless. And you know, it doesn’t do any good to debate endlessly which policy mistake of the ‘70’s is responsible. They’re there. We have to help them.
First, as Bernsteiin notes, "It’s 1988, and there are, inexplicably, things still wrong in the nation despite eight years of Ronald Reagan…so which policy mistake of the 1970s was responsible? Cute."  Republicans are still running against Bill Clinton and forgetting the eight years that lead to the 2008 financial meltdown.


On the other hand, I'm surprised that I had forgotten that Republican candidates formerly blamed poverty on policies not people suffering its effects.  Cain, Gingrich et al would do well to research the recent history of their party's standard bearers.



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