Monday, March 22, 2010
This is a must read and I could not agree with it more. I was very happy to see my friend and former professor Paul Rahe a few weeks ago for the first time in 30 years. There really are no friends like old friends. We walked on the beach at La Jolla, that part of it that has not been turned over to the lazy and promiscuous seals, more important than human children you know, and talked of where things are going, and he said much what he lays out in this post.
The key point and why I disagree with doomsayers such as Steyn is that the passage of ObamaCare does not reflect a revolution in the American popular sentiment -- unless you mean a revolt against it. A majority don't like this legislation and a substantial minority are deeply offended by it. This makes it very different from Social Security, Medicare and the various European welfare programs. There is every reason to hope that, confused and angered by what their government is doing, Americans will return to first principles, which do not include such things as forcing every person to buy a government approved insurance plan.
Steyn's basic argument, based on his experience in the English speaking world other than the US, is that welfare state nannyism will change the character of the American people faster than the people can fire the nanny. Well, I just don't believe it. We are not the UK, Canada or Australia. None of those countries fought a bloody war to throw their masters out, for one thing. We are populated mostly by people who came here to try their luck on their own feet or the descendants thereof. We may not be the greatest generation, but they were our fathers and grandfathers, and I don't think we are done yet. And mothers and grandmothers, lest my formidable Irish-American mother let me have it.