May 2, 2009

THE EDGE OF AN INSIGHT:

The Intrusion of Reality: The Left understands that the character of a people can be transformed. (Mark Steyn, 5/02/09, National Review)

Margaret Thatcher was a great leader, who reversed her country’s decline — to the point where, two decades later, the electorate felt it was safe to vote the Labour party back into office. And yet, in the greater scheme of things, the Thatcher interlude seems just that: a temporary respite from a remorseless descent into the abyss. In its boundless ambition, the Left understands that the character of a people can be transformed: British, Canadian, and European elections are now about which party can deliver “better services,” as if the nation is a hotel and the government could use some spritelier bellhops. Socialized health care in particular changes the nature of the relationship between citizen and state into something closer to junkie and pusher.

Which is where we arrive at the really fascinating part of the conservative terror over Barrack Obama's putative Socialism. It's not that they fear the thing itself, but that they fear it may work. For if Socialism were capable of delivering better services then electorates would be correct to choose it. The Left believes that it works. And, in their own way, so does much of the Right. The electorate doesn't; which is why Blair follows Thatcher as W follows Clinton/Gingrich. The voters expect President Obama to follow in that line. He'd deviate at his own political risk and with little or no lasting consequence.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 2, 2009 6:31 AM
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