The wages of rage

A year of outrage

I must say, reading William Bennett's The Death of Outrage: Bill Clinton and the Assault on American Ideals opened my eyes to two alarming facts. First, I learned that William Bennett really, really dislikes Bill Clinton--not to mention Europeans, whose politics lacks morality. (Europeans may have some things to teach us about "say, wine or haute couteur," but on politics and morality "Americans have much to teach Europe.") Second, I learned that Americans' failure to loathe Clinton denotes a vast spiritual and moral lapse which poses a threat to American democracy "far different, more difficult to detect, more insidious" than Nazism, Japanese imperialism and Soviet communism ever were.

Where was the outrage? Are Americans really so decadent, cynical and bored that we would allow a president to get away with all that philandering with Monica Lewinsky and all that deception? Have we no concept of the seriousness of sin and its consequences? Maybe.


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