Friday, April 13, 2012

Mitt Romney: A new generation, a new political era awakens

By Bernie Quigley

For The Hill on 4/13/12

For the first time in 19 years I have today felt a rising sense of possibility as my kids go forward into the new century. They will for a decade yet still need to traverse the inherent nihilism of the ubiquitous driving music of the insidious and subliminal pop culture, like that which they forced on the enemy in Grenada but now play regularly in grocery stores, and for those with still in college the English and Politics department where nihilist ideology and the historic legacy of Marxism fill the teachers’ lounge 88 to 3 (National Association of Scholar’s report, “A Crisis of Competence”), trailing since I was in school when you could not take a math course without reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X or a French lit course without reading The Thief’s Journal or Saint Genet.

Some become strong because early on kids from these generations learned like Katniss not to trust their parents and to trust only themselves. Parents? Seven years ago here in the public schools of rural New Hampshire where I live, the teacher asked how many kids have dinner every night at a table with their parents. Two hands.

The change is a subtle one and comes in the final rise of Mitt Romney to dominance of the political field. The century can begin here now and the end of the end - anthem of the popular apocalyptic vision these past 10 years - will finally end. The new century is finally upon us. And I distinctly felt the climate change and the political season change yesterday afternoon when I saw a photograph posted on the cover of The Hill: Ann Romney was on the left, in red, and Hillary Rosen on the right, in black.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was right. Ann Romney will be his "golden bullet."

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