A Pre-Revolutionary Situation

Once upon a time, there was a nation that had trouble paying its bills.  The people were restless.  So the king called for his advisors, and they advised a little inflation to stimulate trade.  A few months passed, and the people were still restless.  So the king called for his advisors once again and asked them what was wrong.  It's those extremists and radicals, they said.  They are sowing radical ideas and extremism among the people. Wouldn't you know, the bookstores are groaning these days with pompous titles about the radicalism of the Republican Party.  Court pundit E.J. Dionne, Jr. is out with Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent.  He argues that Republicans have abandoned any thought of community in a mad crush on individualism.  In an interview with Hugh Hewitt, E.J. worried that the Tea Partiers owe too much to the ideas of the John Birch Society and have reneged on the "long...(Read Full Article)

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