Your article on liberalism revealed more about a segment of American society than it did about a social philosophy. This segment is composed of middle-class, economically successful voters. Especially in this election year, this group has been continually courted. Its needs and concerns have been given high priority. Candidates recoiled at the thought of offending its members. They spent time and money appealing to its fears, prejudices, and greed. It is the new powerful interest group in America.
It is interesting that a member of the Democratic National Committee said that liberals have lost touch with ordinary people. Who in the campaign mentioned the small farmers who have been dispossessed? The crime of illiteracy? The stranglehold of poverty? The tragedy of homelessness? The rise of discrimination against immigrants? The exploitation of labor and "union busting"? The epidemic of AIDS? The continuing struggle for equal rights for women? I submit that these are the concerns of the ordinary people whose causes liberals support. Why do the ordinary people see their problems ignored? Mainly, it is because they are politically expendable. However, like the national debt, the numbers are growing. Not much longer can the mainstream consider their brothers and sisters as a "fringe element."