What's the best slogan for MoveOn's effort
to shut up its critics?
MoveOn: We were for free speech, before we were against it.
MoveOn: Dissent is the highest form of patriotism, unless you're
dissenting with us.
MoveOn: We have all the lawyers that George Soros can buy, so
do you really want to mess with us?
MoveOn: Why are you picking on us when Dan Rather's back in the
Any other suggestions out there? Well, Michelle has lots.
- MoveOn: We were for free speech, before we were against it.
of Alan Greenspan's book by Andrew Ferguson. Overserious
devotees of Ayn Rand will
probably want to forgo it, though. Insightful paragraph:
From "How do we equalize incomes and make American society fair?" the preoccupying question of Democrats and social progressives became, "Say, where'd all this money come from?" Some goose somewhere was laying some kind of gi-normous golden egg! They looked around for someone to credit--for surely it had to be a government official who was responsible--and settled on the owlish fellow in the Poindexter glasses, who spent his days doing God-knows-what in a sealed-up marble sarcophagus on Constitution Avenue. "In Greenspan We Trust," said the headline on newsmagazine covers.
Democrats are betting a lot of their political future on populist
rhetoric, in hopes that resentment and envy can propel them
to political power, and also support tax hikes (on only "the rich", of
course) to fuel their
various spending schemes.
It would be nice if, in defense, every single Republican read the City Journal article "What Really Buys Happiness?" by Arthur Brooks. Brooks argues that income inequality by itself doesn't drive resentment among most Americans that populists hope for:
What I found was that economic inequality doesn't rustrate Americans at all. It is, rather, the perceived lack of economic opportunity that makes us unhappy. To focus our policies on inequality, instead of opportunity, is to make a grave error—one that will worsen the very problem we seek to solve and make us generally unhappier to boot.I think GOP policy proposals centered around such insights would be effective vote-getters. And also, not coincidentally, would be far better for the country.
Of course, that course would require Republicans to have both brains and courage. So prospects are iffy.