When President Obama was elected in 2008 Peggy Noonan was hopeful. It appears she has lost that hope.
We are suffering in great part from the politicization of everything and the spread of government not in a useful way but a destructive one. Everyone wants to help the poor, the old and the sick; the safety net exists because we want it. But voters and taxpayers feel bullied, burdened and jerked around, which again is not new but feels more intense every day. Common sense and native wit tell them America is losing the most vital part of itself in the continuing shift of power from private to public. Rules, regulations, many of them stupid, from all the agencies—local, state, federal—on the building of a house, or the starting of a business. You can only employ so many before the new insurance rules kick in so don’t employ too many, don’t take a chance! Which means: Don’t grow. It takes the utmost commitment to start a school or improve an existing one because you’ll come up against the unions, which own the politicians.
It’s all part of the malaise, the sclerosis.
It’s a good piece, you should read it all. The left is destroying this country and she summed it up pretty well. She even compared Harry Reid to Lenin. Ouch.
Also read Jonah Goldberg’s latest column on the demand that we all celebrate gay marriage, or else.