Young Democrats like Justin Chenette may think their vision of the United States’ future would thrive most effectively in a collectivist environment, but methinks we’ve already seen how that movie ends. Counter Contempt’s David Stein agrees. Be sure to check out the whole column for more nifty-cool historical reminders.
What is wrong, massively, horrifically wrong, is Chenette’s vision of America. And as a delegate at the DNC this past September, Chenette spelled it out. After ridiculing the notion of free-market choice in education, Chenette told a reporter, “This is not about each individual. This is about how each individual can contribute to a society. And that is what we’re all about here at the Democratic National Convention.”
I’m probably better-schooled in musical theater than most gay men. So I tend to think theatrically – to associate events with scenes and numbers from plays I acted in. And after learning of Chenette’s victory, the first thing that came to mind was the “Tomorrow Belongs to Me” scene from “Cabaret.” As it was staged by Bob Fosse, the number is jarring, as patrons in an early ‘30s Berlin café witness the fanaticism and optimism of Nazi youth.