We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Peggy Noonan thinks a President Obama will be like the dog who chases the car and finally catches it: Now what? I think Obama will be content to be King Barack the Benign, Spreader of Wealth and Healer of Planets. His rise is, in many ways, testament to the persistence of the monarchical urge even in a two-century old republic. So the "Now what?" questions will be answered by others, beginning with the liberal supermajority in Congress. And as he has done all his life he will take the path of least resistance. An Obama administration will pitch America toward EU domestic policy and U.N. foreign policy.
Thomas Sowell is right: It would be a "point of no return," the most explicit repudiation of the animating principles of America. For a vigilant republic of limited government and self-reliant citizens, it would be a Declaration of Dependence.
If a majority of Americans want that, we holdouts must respect their choice. But, if you don't want it, vote accordingly.
Yes, it's an appeal to our weakest, most cowardly and pitiful instincts.
Speaking of Krauthammer, a Maggie's fave, here is a column he wrote following the Democrat Convention. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/28/AR2008082802852.html which may still be his best on the campaign.
I have been e-mailing it to my lefty friends as the best reminder why "Obama The Great Unknown" cannnot be entrusted with the highest office in the land. Read it and forward the column to all of your left leaning family, friends, business associates, et al. It is perhaps the single best argument I have heard NOT to elect Obama. I'll leave it to the McCain-Palin Campaign to close on a high note, an inspirational note, giving all of the reasons to vote FOR McCain-Palin. Election Fever is setting in now, so work hard, enjoy the ride, and never give up until a McCain-Palin victory is assured!
Offered uncritically, I think a better teaser would have been these two 'graphs:
In his first inaugural address, Calvin Coolidge said: "I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people." That's true in a more profound sense than he could have foreseen. In Europe, lavish social-democratic government has transformed citizens into eternal wards of the Nanny State: the bureaucracy's assumption of every adult responsibility has severed Continentals from the most basic survival impulse, to the point where unaffordable entitlements on shriveled birth rates have put a question mark over some of the oldest nation states on Earth. A vote for an Obama-Pelosi-Barney Frank-ACORN supermajority is a vote for a Europeanized domestic policy that is, as the eco-types like to say, "unsustainable."
More to the point, the only reason why Belgium has gotten away this long with being Belgium and Sweden Sweden and Germany Germany is because America's America. The soft comfortable cocoon in which Western Europe has dozed this past half-century is girded by cold hard American power. What happens when the last serious Western nation votes for the same soothing beguiling siren song as its enervated allies?
Thanks for the link. It lead to a further study of Calvin Coolidge. The McPalins should adopt his "the chief business of the American people is business."