John F. Kennedy Liberal Democrat

John F. Kennedy Liberal Democrat
Source: U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy in 1960

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Politico Magazine: Thomas E. Ricks- 'Why Am I Moving Left?'

Source:POLITICO Magazine- is Thomas Ricks moving Center-Left or Far-Left? Perhaps joining Occupy Wall Street?

“In my late 50s, at a time of life when most people are supposed to be drifting into a cautious conservatism, I am surprised to find myself moving steadily leftward.

This is unexpected. It comes even as I am financially comfortable and enjoying my work. (I’m writing this from my summer home in Maine.) I’m not a natural progressive—I spent the last quarter century covering the U.S. military, first for the Wall Street Journal and then for the Washington Post, and now for Foreign Policy magazine . I have written five books about the Marines, the Army and our wars.”

From Politico Magazine

So what I think Thomas Ricks is arguing here is that even though he’s spent most of his career covering the U.S. Military and national security state in Washington, the situation in the country is moving left.

Perhaps Ricks sees what’s called growing income inequality (or the wealth and education gaps) are a big problem and that status quo (which is what real Conservatives believe in conserving) is not working and we need to move left from that.

Ricks doesn’t say how we should address these issues and layout any policy proposals to how to deal with the issues that he laid out in his column. Just points out issues that he sees as problems and thinks the status quo to how we deal with these issues is not working. 

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