Clarence Darrow arguably started this trend with the Leopold and Loeb trial, but it took many years before this became a mainstream thing. Today we have "affluenza" as a result.
Today, New York City is the new Disney World. Times Square is a place where you take your children - not a place where they sell children (as was common in the 1970's - you did watch Taxi Driver, right?). The world has changed for the better.
Drug users are another class of people that the Left likes to posit as victims and not victims of their own folly. We are told by the Left that drug abuse is a health issue not a criminal issue and that we should "treat it as a disease" and of course, fund more drug treatment centers. The reason more people are on drugs, of course, is lack of re-hab, which of course is posited as the only way to quit drugs, period. Anyone who dares to question this logic is a heartless bastard of course, and is shouted down.
Again, I am not sure what they are pining for is possible, but I think there is a nugget of truth to what they are saying - that we should be a country of big ideas, not a country of how to feed the bums better. We are not Sweden or Norway or Finland or whatever other Nordic country the Left wants to posit has it "better" than we do. Small countries with monolithic populations (all white, all blond, all blue-eyed) have a much easier time setting social policies (as does Japan, which is also a monolithic culture) particularly when a huge part of their defense budget is paid for by someone else.
And that is a burden that we willingly bear. But increasingly, I think many Americans perceive the rest of the world not appreciative, but resentful of it. And again, I may not agree with this perception, but that is what the Right see and perceives.
Americans don't want to be Sweden. So let's stop trying to make it like that and stop comparing ourselves to others and decrying how awful we are. This is not a way to get votes or win elections.
We need to stop feeling sorry for ourselves and the Democratic party needs to present a vision for the future that is something great and wonderful, not just social programs to divide up the pie. When a country goes down that latter route, it is the beginning of the end - the bread and circuses to appease the masses while the powers-that-be loot the treasury and the economy.
It was a Democrat - John Kennedy - who gave the "New Frontiers" speech and said we should put a man on the moon. It was he who said, "Ask not what your country can do for you...." A Democrat who told us we were great and could be great and lead the world to greatness. And it would take sacrifice and courage and hard work.
Do you think he could sell that message today?
Today, the Democratic party is all about "ask what benefits the government can give to you!" And yes, it is nice to get health care paid for, but as I have said all along, it makes me uneasy that someone else is paying for it and I wonder where all the money is coming from. Quite frankly, I would prefer to see the cost of health care drop, rather than keep throwing money into the health care fire, which seems only to feed the flames of overpriced and unnecessary tests as well as overpriced drugs. We throw money at healthcare and then wonder why it costs so much.
It is like student loan money fanning the flames of the high cost of higher education. The answer isn't free college or forgiving student loans - that would just give colleges carte blanche to raise prices even higher. The answer has to be cutting the cost of education - figuring out where all this money is going and why. Because there has to be an answer as to why college costs have outstripped inflation for decades now. And the answer is, because they can, with the funny money of student loans.
As incredibly imperfect as Trump is, he of all the candidates resonated with middle America, not because of his odious behavior but in spite of it - telling them they were great and he was going to make them greater. Rather than living with shitty roads and bridges, we should have he best in the world. Gee, the largest economy and wealthiest country should have decent roads, right? This is a message that should have come from the Democratic Party, but didn't. Instead, we got pandering and "what can we give you today in exchange for your vote? Food stamps? Health care? Obamaphone?"
What exactly was Hillary's message during the last campaign? And did it resonate with anybody?
And sadly, this doesn't look likely to change anytime soon. Americans are hooked on government handouts. It is a harder habit to break than opiates - and there is no re-hab clinic for it!
We have to stop feeling sorry for ourselves!