Admirable but inadequate:
the arguments the Republicans should make, but don’t
In the discussion at Hot Air about whether Republican whip Eric Cantor’s more optimistic vote estimates are correct, a commenter writes:
Where’s your fu****g outrage, Cantor? I’m so sick of these bloodless useless bean-counters in the GOP. I want some Paddy Chayefsky outrage, from someone. If not now, when? What will be left after this?Unfortunately, this is true. As stalwart and as good as the Republicans have been, they have been good only up to a certain point. They lack two crucial qualities. First, as the commenter indicates, they lack moral passion. Second, they seem to lack any larger view of what this bill will mean for the country. Most of the time their warnings about the bill are limited to the standard Republican tropes of increase of taxes, increase of health care costs, increase of size of government. This utilitarian focus makes the bill sound like any other big government entitlement, but worse.
What are the Republicans not speaking about?
The Republicans are good men, but their moral imagination and their understanding of the deeper principles of politics are limited. They do not grasp the destructive, tyrannical purpose of the left—or, if they do grasp it, they are afraid to speak of it, out of fear that it will make them sound extreme. If there was ever a time not to worry about sounding extreme, this is it.
March 20, 8:30 a.m.
Andrew McCarthy writes:
I wish there were something to diasagree with here, Larry, but alas …Texanne writes:
“Bloodless … ”LA replies:
That’s funny.Anne writes:
No one has said it better. Thank you.Jed W. writes:
The cliche about the evil and stupid parties is absolutely true.March 21, 1:30 a.m.
This is one of the best things you’ve written, Larry! It is exactly the way I feel about, for want of a better phrase, establishment Republicans. Their only argument a utilitarian one? Reagan was attacked for lacking depth intellectually but actually he saw the true nature of things and would have been the first to emphasize the tyrannical control this bill will bring, which is far more important and significant than number crunching.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at March 20, 2010 12:40 AM | Send