Time for Thorns

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A republic, if you can keep it…

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Mario Loyola  sees similarities  between the 1930’s and today’s more vulgar political scene.   There is a danger that the working class Americans have lost faith in all political parties and may be losing faith in democracy itself.   After all,  government is now run by and for the elites,  not the citizens it is supposed to serve, and is not deserving of our trust.

Looking at more recent history,  Henry Olsen has written an  important piece  pointing out that the rise of working-class populism is the defining feature of politics worldwide,  as exemplified by elections in Sweden this week.   He believes Republicans have an opportunity to duplicate Ronald Reagan’s feat by forming a center-right majority instead of wooing more statist and liberal voters among immigrants and educated urbanites.

There is a potential risk that Americans are too comfortable with big government,  the point of Jim  Geraghty’s piece.    My take is that democracy and America are in grave peril,  and We the People must  ct if we wish to save the republic the Founders gave us.   At the close of the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787,   as Benjamin Franklin left the hall in Philadelphia, he was asked, “What kind of government have you given us, Dr. Franklin?”   His reply is the title of this post.   What are you willing to do to keep it?




Written by timeforthorns

January 22, 2016 at 11:47 pm

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