On that ‘miserable failure’ mantra, now reversed

It was a concern discussed in the Federalist Papers 63 that some think is pertinent now.

“There are particular moments in public affairs when the people, stimulated by some irregular passion, or some illicit advantage, or misled by the artful misrepresentations of interested men, may call for measures which they themselves will afterwards be the most ready to lament and condemn. In these critical moments, how salutary will be the interference of some temperate and respectable body of citizens, in order to check the misguided career, and to suspend the blow meditated by the people against themselves, until reason, justice, and truth can regain their authority over the public mind?”

The current administration’s repeated assertions that there is opportunity in crisis is one of the prompts for this concern. Byron York connects this with Why The Founding Fathers Would Want Obama’s Plans to Fail. Others are more concerned by the knee jerk Bush Reversal Syndrome. This is where many of the poorly founded allegations of the left about administration or policy or procedure are set aside with little thought and with rhetoric that is dismissive and insulting.

This is related to the Limbaugh brouhaha about wishing the President would fail. The distortions on that assertion are being revealed and it is also being highlighted that there is a hypocrisy in that those who are utterly dismayed about such a thought were in favor of just such a position a few years ago except that it was failure in war and not failure in economics that was the desire.

People voted for what some call “hopenchange” and it appears they will get it. Most were rather complacent about what they might get because of an underlying assumption that “it couldn’t happen here” because the U.S. population and representatives would not allow it. The “it” is in the category of what has happened in Venezuela, for example. York is one who is beginning to wonder if maybe “it” could happen here. He still hopes that the governance structure will prevent that occurrence but he, and many others, seem to be getting rather worried.

Comments are closed.