I’m from a family of Democrats, was raised to be a Democrat, went to college and had Democrat professors echo in more erudite words the same things my parents and grandmother had always said about politics. But always, there was cognitive dissonance. I would read things, hear things, that just didn’t add up in the Democratic calculus of my family and teachers. Things like nuclear disarmament.
This morning, right next to the picture of my daughter Elizabeth and the bishop in the New Mexican, runs the headline, Obama envisions nuke-free world.
Oh, for crying out loud.
Even as a relatively ignorant 17-year-old just starting college, I realized how asinine it was to talk about a nuclear-free world. Earth to liberal professors and student activists: THE GENIE IS OUT OF THE BOTTLE! The nuclear disarmament movement was a big part of the cognitive dissonance that finally destroyed the fruits of my liberal upbringing and education. I’d sit there listening to these earnest do-gooders talking about a nuclear-free world, and I’d think, yeah, just like the Japanese kicking out all the foreigners and extending their happy little medieval world of swords and samurai another couple hundred years. But eventually Commodore Perry showed up, and the gig was up.
We live in a rapidly shrinking world, where there no simply no hiding from technology the way the isolationist Japanese did. Nuclear technology has been invented, and it’s not going to be un-invented by do-gooder leftists simply wishing it away. Frankly, I think Barack Obama (and a lot of other leftists in positions of power) are actually smart enough to know this, and they’re just talking the talk that all the starry-eyed idiots on the far-left fringe of their party want to hear. At least I hope they are. Because if they aren’t, we are in a world of trouble.