I will be on vacation next week and, in light of events decided y'all deserved an early present. So think of this as Volume 16, Number 34 of A-Clue.com, the online newsletter I've written since 1997. Enjoy.
The second election after an existential crisis is about generational direction. Forward or back, future or past. And it always results in a resounding victory for the new way forward.
I didn't think until last week it was possible to get a decisive result out of 2012, what with the economy sputtering along so weakly.
But now it's possible.
Paul Ryan is a Randian theorist, someone who truly believes that those who can't make it should pound sand, that there is no such thing as an “entitlement” people can earn from government. He is the natural extension of Ronald Reagan's rhetoric.
Paul Ryan is Reaganism writ large, and I think he'd call that a compliment.
Which is the point. Any set of principles can become an -ism, and there is nothing more destructive than an -ism in power. The ideas of Karl Marx for an egalitarian society weren't that terrible. Communism sucked.
There is no magical -ism, no single set of principles that create the right policy for every age. There is only muddling along, making mistakes, and going forward.