Carol Platt Liebau: Unfit to Govern

Friday, April 21, 2006

Unfit to Govern

The New York Times informs us today that the Democrats are eager to exploit anger over high gas prices.

Is anyone in America surprised by this? After all, they're also eager to exploit public anger over the war in Iraq (even as they provide no plan of their own).

Certainly, neither political party is above stoking public anger for its own ends. But what distinguishes a party that is worthy of governing from one that is not is whether (1) it has a plan of its own and (2) whether the public policy likely to result from the widespread public anger is advantageous to America. Otherwise, the anger being stoked has nothing to do with patriotism and problem solving, but everything to do with simply gaining power at any cost.

Here, the Democrats fail on both counts. And that, in my book, demonstrates once again that, however flawed the Republicans, voting Democratic would be a stupid and futile alternative.

3 Comments:

Blogger HouseOfSin said...

Carol - alas, the Dems can't. The one policy that makes sense is the one that they won't allow: Nuclear power.

This is a shame. We should go nuclear (in terms of energy). The July or August 01 edition of TAE has an excellent, in-depth piece on this very point. (If anyone knows of a link, that'd be great.)

Pity the Democrat who would be punished by his/her party for pointing this out.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Sven said...

whether the public policy likely to result from the widespread public anger is advantageous to America

Hear, hear! George Washington's family motto, after all, was Exitus acta probat.

And, although it may not make sense at first, that's why the long and winding road to lower marginal federal tax rates took this little detour.

9:52 AM  
Blogger Sven said...

Pity the Democrat who would be punished by his/her party for pointing this out.

Yes, and Republicans, on the other hand, have no such compunction over "talking about nuclear technology."

A nod's as good as a wink to a blind bat. Saynomore, saynomore, nudge nudge.

10:31 AM  

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