There is an odd, magical-thinking element in the psychology of recent White Houses. It is now common for those within them to assume that history will declare their greatness down the road. They proceed as if this is automatic, guaranteed: They will leave someday, history will ponder their accomplishments and announce their genius.
The assumption of history’s inevitable vindication is sharper in the current White House, due to general conceit—they really do think they possess a higher wisdom and play a deeper game—and the expectation that liberal historians will write the history.
The illusion becomes a form of license. We don’t have to listen to critics, adversaries, worriers and warn-ers, we just have to force through our higher vision and let history say down the road we got it right.
They make this assumption because they don’t know much about history—they really are people who saw the movie but didn’t read the book—and because historical vindication is what happened so spectacularly in the case of Ronald Reagan. So it will happen to them, too.
Reagan had a hard, tough presidency during
This is not new - a tutorial on Progressivism - they have thought we are stupid for the last 100 years
This was brought to my attention by George Will, FNC,Special Report, 11/13/14.
In The Promise of American Life, Croly states: 'The Average American individual is morally and intellectually inadequate to a serious and consistent conception of his responsibilities."
Herbert David Croly (January 23, 1869 – May 17, 1930) was an intellectual leader of theprogressive movement as an editor, and political philosopher and a co-founder of the magazineThe New Republic in early twentieth-century America. His political philosophy influenced many leading progressives'....
Croly’s strong central government needed strong individuals to lead it. ... His search for a great American leader became an obsession that was never satisfied. Croly’s notion of the elite was challenged by civil libertarians who believed Croly’s powerful few would lead to a totalitarian state....
A main concern of Croly’s in Progressive Democracy was that the United States Constitutionwas fundamentally inconsistent with American democratic aspirations. He perceived the Constitution as a “living Constitution,” capable in his mind of becoming something other than the Founding Fathers intended.
Croly’s alternative to interpreting the Constitution as “living” was to eliminate it and start over, or at least substantially alter it. The basis for his argument was the belief that for progressive democracy to be successful it needed to move quickly, and the Constitution did not accommodate that. Reforms were needed that could not wait for the approval of Congress or state legislatures.
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America needs to be a policeman, not a priest.
by Bret Stevens, WSJ, 11/4/2014
It’s been nearly a decade since George W. Bush delivered his second inaugural address, which contained this remarkable line: “It is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.”
If the GOP takes the Senate on Tuesday and wants to learn how to speak foreign policy again, it has to unlearn that line.
Republicans know what’s wrong with Barack Obama ’s foreign policy. He has given the U.S.
On a bookshelf in my home in a glass-and-brass frame I keep my great-aunt’s Ellis Island health card. It’s cardboard, about as big as your hand. She wore it on her coat during her nine-day journey from Ireland. Every day the ship’s surgeon (possibly brusquely, probably officiously) examined her for signs of acute or long-term illness. The card noted her details—immigrant, steerage, age about 20—and other facts. SS California out of Londonderry, 1909, Mary Jane Byrne, last residence Glenties. On the back it says,
Wes Harris spoke on the efforts to hold the Arizona Judiciary accountable to the voters. The following is the list of Maricopa County Superior Court Judges that his group recommends to receive a vote FOR retention: C Bailey, J Blomo, R Brodman, J Crawfprd, B Dunn, M Harrod, C. Hyatt, B Isokowa. J Sinclair, P Swoboda, and D Viola.
He also reminds us that failing to vote is the same as voting FOR retention.
The Middle East has been growing date palms for centuries. The average tree is about 18-20 feet tall and yields about 38 pounds of dates a year.
Israeli date trees are now yielding 400 pounds/year and are short enough to be harvested from the ground or a short ladder .
Israel the 100th smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world's population, can lay claim to the following: The cell phone was developed in Israel by Israelis working in the Israeli branch of Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel .
Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel.
The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel.
Both the Pentium-4 microprocessor and the Centrino processor were entirely designed, developed and produced in Israel.
The Pentium microprocessor in your computer