Sunday, May 3, 2015

Political Pretension

Kevin Williamson writes of his misfortune sharing a ride on the Acela with the vice-president. He ends the piece with this perceptive observation.

The people who love American politics love it for the give-and-take, for the exchange of ideas, for the sport of it. The people who hate American politics hate it because of the lie at its heart: that this is still the self-governing republic created by Jefferson, Madison, et al., instead of a new, different kind of regime that is something new in the world but immediately familiar, something dishonest, something gaudy and contemptible. 

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