Has America become “ungovernable”?

posted at 10:55 am on December 12, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

So says Matthew Yglesias, who’s dismayed that the progressive agenda has ground to a halt.  Instead of taking the correct lesson from this — that Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid overreached and assumed a mandate that didn’t exist — Yglesias blames America instead.  He focuses his ire on Mitch McConnell, who leads only 40 Republicans in the Senate, but applies the lesson to the system:

The smarter elements in Washington DC are starting to pick up on the fact that it’s not tactical errors on the part of the president that make it hard to get things done, it’s the fact that the country has become ungovernable. …

We’re suffering from an incoherent institutional set-up in the senate. You can have a system in which a defeated minority still gets a share of governing authority and participates constructively in the victorious majority’s governing agenda, shaping policy around the margins in ways more to their liking. Or you can have a system in which a defeated minority rejects the majority’s governing agenda out of hand, seeks opening for attack, and hopes that failure on the part of the majority will bring them to power. But right now we have both simultaneously. It’s a system in which the minority benefits if the government fails, and the minority has the power to ensure failure. It’s insane, and it needs to be changed.

Funny, but I don’t recall Yglesias demanding those changes while Democrats were in the minority in the Senate.  Tom Daschle was no less obstructionist, and Democrats managed to kneecap George Bush on judicial appointments without writing cris des coeurs over ungovernable America.  In fact, Democrats openly bragged about using the Senate’s ancient methods of corralling the majority, even on the novel issue of judicial appointments where such procedures had rarely been used.  And yet George Bush and the Republicans still managed to govern, and that was just a couple of years ago.

So what changed?  Glenn Reynolds, who predicted the “ungovernable” argument three months ago, points to a comment onYglesias’ site:

“There have been no major institutional changes in the United States government in recent history that have caused it to ‘become ungovernable.’ There just isn’t enough political support to enact various news laws and policies that you favor. Tough. If you hadn’t become seduced by the delusion that Obama is a ‘progressive’ and that last year’s election represented some kind of historic realignment in favor of ‘progressive’ policies you might have seen this coming.”

Well, there has been one change in government, as Moe Lane notes: Democrats are in charge for the first time in 15 years.

What I find so laughable about this complaint is that Democrats have something Republicans never had — 60 votes in the Senate (and for that matter, a 75-seat majority in the House).  Mitch McConnell, the primary target of Yglesias’ ire and his Exhibit A of ungovernability, simply can’t stop anything the Democrats want to pass, if they unite as a caucus.  The problem for Yglesias, Obama, and Harry Reid is that their agenda is so far Left that even some Democrats object to it.

Obama and Reid thought that red-state Senators would act like San Francisco liberals once Obama took office, but forgot to account for the fact that they represent real constituents who don’t support the progressive agenda.  At all.  And some of those Democrats would like to win their next election and have to answer to center-right electorates that don’t like government interventions, high taxes, and economy-killing attacks on the energy industry.

And so with 60 Democratic votes in the Senate, the 111th Congress has ground to a halt.  That’s not McConnell’s fault.  It’s the incompetence of the Democratic leadership that fundamentally misunderstood the mandate from the last two elections, that miscalculated the positions of its own members in the Senate, and thought they could cram down a hard-Left agenda without even bothering to consult and court the minority.  Republican leadership before 2006 certainly fumbled the ball, but they had no trouble governing.  Why?  Because they didn’t arrogantly assume that they could do it by themselves, and they didn’t offer radical expansions of government that went out of favor with the electorate long before Bill Clinton declared that “the era of Big Government is over.”

I wrote about incompetence as a theme of this presidency three months ago.  It’s become a theme of Congressional leadership as well.  Voters will get the opportunity to grade the Pelosi-Reid-Obama agenda as well as their competence in about 11 months, and Democrats can expect a rather harsh report card.

Update: Ta-Nehisi Coates notes that Yglesias did favor dumping the filibuster in 2005, but that’s at least somewhat off point.  Did Matt consider America “ungovernable” when Democrats used it to block Republican efforts, and Bush’s judicial appointments? My criticism wasn’t about Yglesias’ position on the filibuster specifically, but his declaration of America as “ungovernable,” which should be obvious above.


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The Democrats, from the White House to the Congress ARE incompetent … but I’m not so sure the basic point here about the nation being “ungovernable” is too awfully flawed.

The fact is – this is a highly polarized nation that doesn’t have the luxury to steer down the middle lane. That’s the lane where no change occurs – and we continue spending ourselves into a train wreck.

However – the left and right lanes are will involve violence to enact change. It’s already been proven that the left and right both know how to use the Constitution in a manner to keep the nation in the middle lane.

Onward to the train wreck!

HondaV65 on December 12, 2009 at 8:05 PM

Has America become “ungovernable”?

We better hope so.

elduende on December 12, 2009 at 8:10 PM

Just a small point, but I am disgusted by this word du jour “progressive.” Rather suddenly, every half-baked Socialist, Marxist and Liberal oral defecation is referred to as “progressive.” If by that is meant waste progresses from the intestine to the anal cavity, fine. If anything else is meant, stop dignifying this ultra-left babble with some nicer sounding pseudo-synonym.

dewillto on December 12, 2009 at 8:18 PM

Has America become “ungovernable”?

I know a “Governor” who could change that…

lovingmyUSA on December 12, 2009 at 8:18 PM

Honestly, do they think the very same people who caused the governing bodies to back down once upon a time aren’t ready to do it again?
I love making politicians crazy. If we’re “ungovernable”, it’s their fault. Quit pissing on the American public.

elclynn on December 12, 2009 at 8:20 PM

You can have a system in which a defeated minority still gets a share of governing authority and participates constructively in the victorious majority’s governing agenda, shaping policy around the margins in ways more to their liking.

Ya, it’s called a Republic.

It’s also known as basic math, poor Obama not smart enough to know your more likely to get 60 out of 100 votes than you are to get 60 out of 60.

DSchoen on December 12, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Has America become “ungovernable”?

I know a “Governor” who could change that…

lovingmyUSA on December 12, 2009 at 8:18 PM

Wow,so do I! :o)

IowaWoman on December 12, 2009 at 8:26 PM

Unprecedented

faraway on December 12, 2009 at 8:43 PM

“progressives”= neo-comm’s

theTarCzar on December 12, 2009 at 8:55 PM

look folks the founders made it so the country was ungovernable in all things except the big important things.

ungovernable means freedom. Freedom is messy it is chaotic . that is the entire purpose of the consituiton to make sure that America is ungovernable by a central command and control government in all things but those outlines in its powers.

unseen on December 12, 2009 at 8:58 PM

Liberals are basically low-grade psychopaths, the kind of people who bilk old ladies out of their life savings.

Not much more to say about them.

Liam on December 12, 2009 at 9:01 PM

Hmph. I haven’t read back through all the comments, but once again we have Carter redux — and, as predicted, the second time as farce.

Jimmah went into office an energetic, relatively youthful man; by the time he left he was stooped, gray-haired, and haggard. In the last two years of his term there was a lot of this “ungovernable” speculation. It’s just too much for any one person! was the cry. There were even calls for Constitutional change, e.g., to give the Vice President specific powers to relieve the load on the President. Then along came Reagan. RR’s greatest achievement was to demonstrate that the country was not ungovernable and the President’s job was not undoable provided that the President in question was competent.

The only real difference here is that Yglesias is floating that trial balloon at least a full year before the equivalent started being mentioned about Jimmah.

Regards,
Ric

warlocketx on December 12, 2009 at 9:34 PM

I continue to stand in awe of our Founding Fathers. What discussion it must have taken. What angst, anger, fear, understanding, and strength it took to be part of that. The idiots in power can’t even fathom that we don’t want healthcare. My goodness we are SO off track.

Yellowdog12 on December 12, 2009 at 9:47 PM

IowaWoman on December 12, 2009 at 8:26 PM

OT–just got the 4ft of snow out of my driveway!

lovingmyUSA on December 12, 2009 at 9:55 PM

Just so you libs know…NINE of my Clan died in Andersonville prison. You clowns can’t tell me a thing.

Liam on December 12, 2009 at 10:27 PM

Just so you libs know…NINE of my Clan died in Andersonville prison. You clowns can’t tell me a thing.

Liam on December 12, 2009 at 10:27 PM

…dare I ask for some background?

Dark-Star on December 12, 2009 at 10:46 PM

Americans do not want communism/socialism.

Johan Klaus on December 12, 2009 at 11:03 PM

…dare I ask for some background?

Dark-Star on December 12, 2009 at 10:46 PM

Go to the Andersonville site and look up the name Ferguson.

I recall there are nine of us who died there.

Liam on December 12, 2009 at 11:10 PM

Dark-Star on December 12, 2009 at 10:46 PM

Libs can’t tell me much.

Three Fergusons are also listed on the Wall in DC. They were probably black, but I consider them Clan–kindred.

No lib can say much to me.

Liam on December 12, 2009 at 11:15 PM

Wasn’t “ungovernability” the basic point of Jimmy Carter’s famous malais speech?

We should all be grateful for the qualities of our system that have Yglesias whining. Even when the numbers say that one party can call all the shots, they’re confounded by the essential resistance to too much government that has been bred into us by our history. If we ever become as governable as Mr. Y would like, America will cease to exist.

flataffect on December 12, 2009 at 11:23 PM

… defeated minority …

Wow, they really believe that half of the population should just keep its mouth shut and fall in line.

modifiedcontent on December 13, 2009 at 12:04 AM

Seems more like a feature then a flaw to me.

The United States was not set up to make radical changes every time someone broke the right political wind, but to progress on a long term course with the power in the hands of the people. Progressives have slowly removed this power and handed it over to the government and are now upset that the system is doing what it was intended to do.

Try governing as if the constitution and the people’s power mattered and you won’t be so frustrated.
David

LifeTrek on December 13, 2009 at 12:47 AM

So pickup your marbles, go home, and STFU!

chickasaw42 on December 13, 2009 at 1:19 AM

Gosh, what we really need is a party-less democracy with a National Civilian Security Force and an Anointed Overseer for life. Life will be swell as we go to:

Dhuka on December 13, 2009 at 1:55 AM

in the lefty comment quoted by glen:

Tough. If you hadn’t become seduced by the delusion that Obama is a ‘progressive’ and that last year’s election represented some kind of historic realignment in favor of ‘progressive’ policies…

i see also the beginning of the “what does obama have to do with this argument? i never supported obama, and it’s a strawman fallacy to argue as if he was a ‘real’ progressive to begin with” line of internet reasoning.

in an argumenty with a progressive, it works in like this:

progressive: thing is, you only support school choice because you want to segregate black children from white children like the hero of your movement, lester maddox.

you: lester maddox was a democrat.

progressive: what does that have to do with this argument? sure, some of my views are what many would describe as “progressive”, but what, if anything, does that have to do with anyone being a democrat?

eh on December 13, 2009 at 2:23 AM

The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution made the Federal government unable to govern on purpose, as that kind of governance can only lead to corruption(not like we have any of that,do we?)

It was a Republic that gave primary sovereignty to the states and local levels which would be more responsive to the people’s will. If the people were unhappy with their representation they could express their displeasure at the ballot box, and change government quickly.

The left can’t stand the Founders, and look at the founding of the country along with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as archaic and not applicable to our “modern” era. Ask Maobama what he thinks of Thomas Jefferson, and if he honestly answered he would say he was nothing but an elitist slave owner, disregarding the man’s complete genius. Read anything by Jefferson, and then either of the William Ayre’s penned “autobiographies” and you tell me who’s the genius and who’s the progressive teleprompter reader without the ability to think on his feet, let alone come up with genius.

The left look upon the Founding documents and institutions as anachronistic and created in a time not compatible with today’s “crisis” problems. I’d like to remind them that Jefferson, Adams, et. al. had no problem with “archaic” ideas of government, that they looked to ancient Greece and ancient Rome for their inspiration. Aristotle, even to the “intellectual” glueheads in academia is still Aristotle. Truth doesn’t have a shelf life.

“Progressivism” is a movement and ideology started in the late 19th century, believed to be the scientific alternative to FREEDOM. The only thing progressive about it is the progressive tearing away of freedom and liberty, to be replaced by elitists who think they know people can’t take care of themselves, and need the government to make all their decisions for them. The Founders trusted that the people were smart enough to rule themselves.

Thanks for reading this rant if you made it all the way through. The left gets peeved when right says it wants the country back. The country they believe to BE the country is nowhere near what the genius founders created…Long Live the Republic!!!!!!!!!!!!

adamsmith on December 13, 2009 at 7:54 AM

Has America become “ungovernable”?

Yes, it actually has. That happened back in the late 18th century. It was in all the papers.

MikeA on December 13, 2009 at 8:16 AM

Just a small point, but I am disgusted by this word du jour “progressive.” Rather suddenly, every half-baked Socialist, Marxist and Liberal oral defecation is referred to as “progressive.” If by that is meant waste progresses from the intestine to the anal cavity, fine. If anything else is meant, stop dignifying this ultra-left babble with some nicer sounding pseudo-synonym.

dewillto on December 12, 2009 at 8:18 PM

Progressive is the proper term for the current group of asshats we have in power. After the word “progressive” was admonished after Woodrow Wilson, they called themselves “Liberals”, which is now a bad thing to be called. They are now calling themselves “Progressives” once again in hopes that we have forgotten, most have.
Wilson was the consummate Progressive, he whipped America up into a frenzy.He had us rely on “Experts” to find our way, out with common sense. He created a propaganda office, secret police, stifled free speech, both by the media, and the citizen alike. Dissenters were imprisoned, beaten, and in some cases killed. He used “crisis” to pass his agenda, he kept us on a war footing to do it. That was well before WW I.
The same strategy is at work now, they still are trying to keep us on a war footing, and not the actual war we are currently engaged in. Their war is Healthcare, and Global Warming. If successful,and they have been up to now, they will get the changes they wish for, only this time they will collapse this Country by doing so.
Why do they wish to collapse this Nation? Simple answer, when you wish to build a house that is different than the one that is standing, you demolish the old one. Then you can build anything you want.
Read up on the Progressive movement, you may find some shocking similarities to the current batch of goons in DC. “Liberal Fascism” by Jonah Goldberg, would be a good start.
So my friend, Progressive is the proper word, and it should scare the crap out of you.

M-14 2go on December 13, 2009 at 8:20 AM

Those big bad evil Republicans!! How dare they follow the rules of the constitution in the Senate? Those racist racists who exhibit racist tendencies need to be put in jail or something.

angryed on December 13, 2009 at 8:47 AM

Whimper and whine–that’s all the Left does. They’re worse than toddlers when they (libs) have to fight their way through the limits of that pesky Constitution. At least little children (those the Lefties let live long enough to be born) eventually stop crying and smile.

Libs are truly the most miserable people of all.

Liam on December 13, 2009 at 9:31 AM

…it’s not tactical errors on the part of the president that make it hard to get things done, it’s the fact that the country has become ungovernable. …

We do not need to be ‘governed’. Just leave us alone.

It is the out-of-control Congress that needs to be restrained.

Uniblogger on December 13, 2009 at 9:38 AM

This is sooo reminiscent of the laments of the 1970s when Jimmy Carter was President. Coincidence? I think not.

rockmom on December 13, 2009 at 9:42 AM

rockmom on December 13, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Libs themselves never change. The only thing among them that does is definition of terms and their sick notions.

“Stay out of my womb” is now “no one should have more than one child”, and things like that. No wonder ACLU lawyers made it somehow illegal to keep psychiatric patients locked up if they didn’t want to be.

Liam on December 13, 2009 at 9:57 AM

I view government as an early typewriter, the kind that jammed when a human became practiced enough at pounding the keys, so fast the mechanism failed. Such a human solution to mess up the keys layout to give us the qwerty keyboard, horribly inefficient but still functional, an intentional throttle on the beast built right in. Much like the chains the Founding Fathers fashioned for another beast that risked functional failure when operated too well.
If ungovernable means resistant to top-down edicts, than yes, it is, unique among systems.

DanaA on December 13, 2009 at 10:10 AM

During the Carter administration they said the US was ungovernable but Reagan came in and made it work. During the Dinkins administration in New York City they said the city was ungovernable, but Rudy Giuliani came in and made it work. Lets put men like these in charge again and then see if things are ungovernable.

KW64 on December 13, 2009 at 10:25 AM

These “progressives” have had their hand in Liberalizing this country for 100 years now. Doesn’t matter if they are the minority in Congress or not (though they’ve been in the majority in Congress for very long periods of time).

When in power the Republicans did not have the wherewithal to repeal Libtard spending measures, Great Society and New Deal programs that have contributed to the enslaving of the underclass, the increase of the deficit, the devaluation of the Dollar, the increasing of taxes, the overall dumbing down of Americans, the squealching of innovation and the Puritan work ethic…and so many other things that come with creating a new Entitled Class of children in adults’ bodies content with handouts, safety nets and Bread and Circuses.

Too many Republicans went along with the Leftists’ schemes in order to get their short term goals taken care of.

Communists have long term goals. They have steadily chipped away in what has been a Protracted Conflict. Now they want to deliver the coup de grace.

We can only imagine what could have been, what we may have had. These Leftists have no concern about that-in their minds mainstream society never recognized their innate talents and superior intellect. What does work, and what doesn’t work is of no concern to them. What does matter to them is that they are in charge and the country is rearranged to suit them and their views of how things should be.

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 13, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Ludwig von Mises on progressives from his 1946 book Bureaucracy nailed it:

The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office. Every man but one a subordinate clerk in a bureau, what an alluring utopia! What a noble cause to fight for!
Against all this frenzy of agitation there is but one weapon available: reason. Just common sense is needed to prevent man from falling prey to illusory fantasies and empty catchwords.

masterofelke on December 13, 2009 at 11:56 AM

masterofelke on December 13, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Excellent…thanks for sharing that. Double plus good!

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 13, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Every man but one a subordinate clerk in a bureau, what an alluring utopia! What a noble cause to fight for!

masterofelke on December 13, 2009 at 11:56 AM

And that isn’t even the worst part. Unless you truly want to go Galt, we all have to be subservient to somebody, sometime, somehow. It’s the appalling ‘working conditions’ for the proverbial clerks that is the true dealbreaker! I cannot even really imagine the conditions of the Soviet Union or Cuba imposed on us, except on my darkest days, and the mental image I get when I do is soul-chilling.

Dark-Star on December 13, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Wow, they really believe that half of the population should just keep its mouth shut and fall in line.

modifiedcontent on December 13, 2009 at 12:04 AM

That’s hardly unique to Democrats, the healthcare debate, or even politics.

Dark-Star on December 13, 2009 at 1:04 PM

This is sooo reminiscent of the laments of the 1970s when Jimmy Carter was President. Coincidence? I think not.

Absolutely. Libs are essentially petulant adolesecents who flip out when they don’t get their way. Like someone told them that their participation award isn’t worth crap. Carter and his wife both blamed the American populace for their uncerimonious booting from Washington.

98ZJUSMC on December 13, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Can you just imagine this group of “Patriots” coming together and writing the Constitution? God, thank you for our fore fathers! Our great system was designed to make unpopular ideas hard to pass. This is what is going on and it is working exactly as designed. Leave it to whining liberals to complain that they are not getting their way.

inspectorudy on December 13, 2009 at 1:17 PM

-Tom Daschle was no less obstructionist
This is something EVERYONE SEEMS TO HAVE FORGOTTEN! Especially the Dems. I haven’t but when the Libs are constantly 1984-ing us, it’s hard to even remind people.

LIBS ARE NEVER, EVER HAPPY.
They have it all right now and it’s whinge, whinge, whinge. Pathetic.

Gob on December 13, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 13, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Hee-hee! Your double-plus-good made me LOL!

Gob on December 13, 2009 at 1:44 PM

To their shared chagrin both Yglseias and Obama discover that the entire country is not as stupid as is Chicago.

drjohn on December 13, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Hmph. And Democrats complained constantly that Republicans spent like drinking sailors.

Go figure.

ProudPalinFan on December 13, 2009 at 2:06 PM

I think American has become ungovernable. But not from the perspective of the government being able to do what it wants. It is the other way around, the people have no way to get government to do what the people want. Republicans act like democrats when in power, democrats act like tyrants when in power, and psychopaths like Barack act like psychopaths when elected without a critical honest evaluation of who he was presented to the vast majority of voters.

The people are supposed to be the governors of the government. A government of the people, by the people and for the people. Government now only works for special interests who are able to commandeer a large enough donation pie or electorate pie. It is now a government Of the elitists, by the people, for the special interests.

The tea parties are starting to change things, but they will never be able to undue the damage caused by the precedence creation of this current government. Prcedence has been made. $850B financial bailout with $150B added for bribes for votes when in the end less than $300B was required to do the job. But that $850B is the new basis for every new initiative. $787B for economic stimulus in the form of handouts to the democratic special interests. Nearly $1,000B for the first ten years of a medical care takeover plan, with a real first 10 year cost of $2,500B. A cap and trade bill with costs running into the $10,000B plus arena. Copenhagen wants another $40,000B. A trillion here, a trillion there, and pretty soon, your talking monopoly valued American Dollars. In a few short years we have gone from $1B being a big number meant to impress upon us that we are spending too much to now a number 1000 times as big is the new big number, but still not too big to push the legislation through as far as our ungovernable government is concerned.

astonerii on December 13, 2009 at 2:07 PM

By the way, I will be willing to place every last shred of guilt for this runaway spending in the government on two heads. George W Bush and John McCain. Bush for proposing it and McCain for supporting it and getting it over the hurdle in the congress.

Thanks McCain, we really loved having a maverick run for our candidate. Now I hope you decide that you have done enough harm to our country and simply quit the senate and allow someone with courage you never had to take your position.

astonerii on December 13, 2009 at 2:12 PM

That Constitution is such an annoying little document.

fogw on December 12, 2009 at 11:19 AM

I know! Just like the annoying 14,000 tax document, and the proposed 2K headache called healthcare overhaul with death panels.

ProudPalinFan on December 13, 2009 at 2:13 PM

By the way, I will be willing to place every last shred of guilt for this runaway spending in the government on two heads. George W Bush and John McCain. Bush for proposing it and McCain for supporting it and getting it over the hurdle in the congress.

Thanks McCain, we really loved having a maverick run for our candidate. Now I hope you decide that you have done enough harm to our country and simply quit the senate and allow someone with courage you never had to take your position.

astonerii on December 13, 2009 at 2:12 PM

All that, and for attempting to ruin a Governor’s life, dragging her family through the mud as well.

ProudPalinFan on December 13, 2009 at 2:14 PM

We can be glad that Matthew Yglesias is signaling his own feelings of helplessness.

Kralizec on December 13, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Liberals always declare ungovernability and especially democraps. For thirty years the liberals declared New York City to be ‘ungovernable’ until Rudy G. became Mayor and enacted city budgets and police policies and welfare policies that somehow reduced crimes and welfare dependency by seventy five percent. Funny how even a somewhat progressive republican can do what no regular democrap is able to do. If something is ungovernable the chances are 9/10 that a democrap progressive is at the helm and the other 1/10 is that a progressive RINO is at the helm.

eaglewingz08 on December 13, 2009 at 3:52 PM

“I won, so I trump you” – Obama

“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for” – Obama

“Unpresidented” – Obama

TN Mom on December 13, 2009 at 3:57 PM

I’ve seen video of this Yglesias person. He sounds like a little girl, all high pitched, fey and whiny.

Why would anyone pay attention to him?

pabarge on December 13, 2009 at 6:01 PM

It would be sooo much easier if they could Change this to a Communist Dictatorship! Well they can always Hope and in 11 months the people can vote.
I Hope!

dhunter on December 13, 2009 at 7:02 PM

Breathtaking arrogance.

What ever gave them the idea that we want to be “governed”? I don’t want to be governed. The people are still sovereign, last I heard. I want my representitives to represent me. It is Congress that has become ungovernable.

They just don’t get it. We will have to wotk harder to bang it through their thick elitist skulls. Let’s give elections another try in 2010 and see what happens.

Venusian Visitor on December 13, 2009 at 8:03 PM

lmao. The media provided MASSIVE cover for the “never-done-anything” liberal candidate in order to get this radical anti-capitalism, anti-America, anti-white freak elected. So, save the BS for someone else, not thinking Americans, Matt, you disgraceful fraud.

marklmail on December 13, 2009 at 8:03 PM

Where are Frum and Parker to nod their heads in agreement?

MeatHeadinCA on December 13, 2009 at 8:14 PM

The first Soetoro Christmas is very transparent.

BHO Jonestown on December 13, 2009 at 8:56 PM

Excellent…thanks for sharing that. Double plus good!

Unless you truly want to go Galt, we all have to be subservient to somebody, sometime, somehow. It’s the appalling ‘working conditions’ for the proverbial clerks that is the true dealbreaker! Dark-Star on December 13, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Thanks kindly, Dr. ZhivBlago and Dark-Star. Mises’ “Bureaucracy” is available as a free download at mises.org, and it is a real eye opener. You think these communists just arrived? No, they have been attacking liberty for over 150 years. Ogabe is just the latest in a long series of anti-freedom bastards to come down the pike. Our fight is never ending. But fight we must, and fight we will!!

masterofelke on December 13, 2009 at 9:15 PM

To their shared chagrin both Yglseias and Obama discover that the entire country is not as stupid as is Chicago.

I was born there and lived there as an adult, before escaping, but myself am hard right (which is exactly why I left, could not live there anymore under the Daley regime). Indeed, many if not most Chicagoans willingly and cheerfully trade liberty and freedom for favors from the Machine, and have no concept of or desire for Liberty. They willingly trade their God-given liberties for temporary “security” – what a joke. Chicago is like East Berlin.

masterofelke on December 13, 2009 at 9:25 PM

I would like to point out that the mind set of Matthew Yglesias appears to be that of someone who thinks that our nation should be ruled by one party opposed by no one.

“We’re suffering from an incoherent institutional set-up in the senate. You can have a system in which a defeated minority still gets a share of governing authority and participates constructively in the victorious majority’s governing agenda, shaping policy around the margins in ways more to their liking. Or you can have a system in which a defeated minority rejects the majority’s governing agenda out of hand, seeks opening for attack, and hopes that failure on the part of the majority will bring them to power. But right now we have both simultaneously. It’s a system in which the minority benefits if the government fails, and the minority has the power to ensure failure. It’s insane, and it needs to be changed.”

He’s basically complaining of having to deal with what Republicans were dealing with during the Bush Administration. Oh noes!!! Compromise!

From this vantage point it appears he’s inclined to desire dictatorial style leadership once the election is over. Doesn’t that kind of defeat the purpose of having representatives of many different mind sets?

One Angry Christian on December 13, 2009 at 9:27 PM

masterofelke on December 13, 2009 at 9:15 PM

Thanks for the info, I am a big fan of e-books and the price is right! (especially in this economy)

Dark-Star on December 13, 2009 at 9:31 PM

TN Mom
“we are the ones we have been waiting for”
Have you ever heard anything quite as stupid in your life?
I have never understood the starry eyed devotion to this egomaniac.

elclynn on December 14, 2009 at 8:08 AM

Just a small point, but I am disgusted by this word du jour “progressive.” Rather suddenly, every half-baked Socialist, Marxist and Liberal oral defecation is referred to as “progressive.” If by that is meant waste progresses from the intestine to the anal cavity, fine. If anything else is meant, stop dignifying this ultra-left babble with some nicer sounding pseudo-synonym.

dewillto on December 12, 2009 at 8:18 PM

I agree but it has been kicking around in academia since the early 80′s.I think they feel it gives them credibility that they can’t achieve otherwise with the “liberal” handle. I spent a long time in art school,I’ve seen and heard horrible things…:). I think I qualify for PTSD funds from the veterans administration.

inevitable on December 14, 2009 at 9:39 AM

I think the Dems should make some major structural changes to give the ruling party more power to bring about wholesale changes to the system.

As long as we continue the trend of Blue Dogs retiring and Conservatives winning, changes like that could lead to a lot of power in GOP hands in 2012.

hawksruleva on December 14, 2009 at 11:57 AM

Whoo, boy- from both Yglesias’ post and the comments beneath it you can see that the statists are just itching for some of that sweet, sweet totalitarianism.

evergreen on December 14, 2009 at 4:16 PM

We have never been governable. We have however, allowed ourselves to be governed.
That privilege has been abused and those abusing that privilege will soon be fired.

Army Brat on December 15, 2009 at 12:58 AM

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