Emmett Tyrrell

Herbert Croly, one of the founding fathers of the progressive movement -- read Liberal movement -- wrote in 1909 in his groundbreaking book "The Promise of American Life," "To be sure, any increase in centralized power and responsibility, expedient or inexpedient, is injurious to certain aspects of traditional American democracy. But the fault in that case lies with the democratic tradition; and the erroneous and misleading tradition must yield before the march of constructive national democracy. The national advance will always be impeded by these misleading and erroneous ideas, and, what is more, it always should be impeded by them, because at bottom ideas of this kind are merely an expression of the fact that (set ital) the average American individual is morally and intellectually inadequate to a serious and consistent conception of his responsibilities as a democrat (end ital)" (emphasis added).

The origins of liberalism were always undemocratic. Now the Liberals are ever bolder in their pronouncements. Peter Orszag, formerly with the Obama administration before the chaos became too much for him, just penned an article in the New Republic titled, "Too Much of a Good Thing: Why We Need Less Democracy" - and, by the way, the New Republic was founded by Herbert Croly. Beverly Perdue, the governor of North Carolina, said publicly, "I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover." The "them" here are our representatives in Congress.

Those are the sentiments of people with little faith in democracy. They want laws written that are inscrutable, and they will leave it to the bureaucrats to interpret them in ways that favor the state and the (set ital) zeitgeist (end ital). Give thanks that we have the Constitution and the Tea Party.


Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
 
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