What Democrats Today Really Want
Daniel Patrick Moynihan was an American public servant with characteristics all too rare today -- integrity, intelligence, wisdom.
Moynihan was a Democrat who would find a hard time being at home in today's Democratic Party.
He was a policy adviser in Democratic -- Kennedy -- and Republican -- Nixon -- administrations and went on to serve four terms as a Democratic senator of New York.
Here are two of Moynihan's many famous observations that are particularly relevant in today's chaotic times:
"The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change culture and save it from itself."
"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts."
As a policy adviser in the early '60s, he opposed and prophetically warned about the mistake made in the welfare law that required no working man present at home in order for the household to receive welfare.
His concerns proved well founded. Black families were devastated. But the thinking that went into welfare touched the whole country. Marriage and family in America since the 1960s has collapsed.
One-third less American adults are married today than were in the 1960s. The percentage of babies born to unwed mothers has gone from less than 10% to over 40%.
A critical moment in the slippery slope of cultural collapse was the legalization of abortion on demand in 1973, opening the door to 60 million-plus unborn children destroyed in the womb.