Saturday, May 24, 2014

Will Power


I don't always agree with George Will, and I've personally given up all hope that electoral politics can accomplish anything positive. That said, his column in yesterday's Washington Post is pretty damn good. The opening paragraph, just to get you interested enough to click thru:

All modern presidents of both parties have been too much with us. Talking incessantly, they have put politics unhealthily at the center of America's consciousness. Promising promiscuously, they have exaggerated government's proper scope and actual competence, making the public perpetually disappointed and surly. Inflating executive power, they have severed it from constitutional constraints. So, sensible voters might embrace someone who announced his 2016 candidacy this way ...

After which he describes (in "announcement speech" format) a standard so high that even the Libertarian Party hasn't come close to meeting it in at least a decade. The only recent general election presidential candidate I can think of who might answer to it would be 2008 Boston Tea Party nominee Charles Jay.

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