Tragedy of Errors

The Financial Post out of the Great White North posted an editorial by Terence Corcoran asking, is this the end of America? Yes, perhaps a bit over the top. But. Is it really? He gets himself out of hyperbolic screed territory by noting that how you define “America” is awfully important, and not just focusing on the two months of disgrace our political class has shown the world. They’re both important. The President has been very forthright that he intends on changing everything. If allowed to skip down the road he says he wants us to go down, America would, indeed, not look anything like it has in the past. A significant minority of people in this country would count this has a great thing, our President and Congressional leadership included.

This paragraph is key:

One test of whether we are witnessing the end of America is how many more times Americans put up with congressional show trials of individual business people and their employees, slandering and vilifying them for their actions and motives. And for how long will they tolerate a President who berates business and corporations as dens of crime and malfeasance? If the majority of Americans come to accept the caricatures of business as true, then America is closer to the end of its life as a global leader, as a champion of markets and individualism.

Here’s the problem: while they try to keep the voter’s eye on the end goal, somewhere in the future, the whole thing is falling apart in the present. It’s not going to work. The end gambit isn’t some post-modern, quasi-socialist better-than-Europe Utopia, but nothing less than hacking off America’s legs and arms, and removing us from the world’s leadership through economic and social destruction. Now, this possible future is way down the road, too. The key is to not get caught up with the promises of a New Day, but pay attention to what’s happening now. If what’s going on in Washington doesn’t pass the sniff test, it probably is what you think it is.

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