Pat, Kevin Williamson has a recent article titled Are We Whigs? which is about Bill Kristol wanting to start up a new conservative party of some kind.
Williamson bluntly states:
The populists are wrong about almost every question of substance, but they are exactly right about one question of political reality: Conservative ideas are not popular, and neither is the conservative style . . . Much of what conservatives need to do in the service of the genuinely national interests of these United States is going to be unpopular, at least with some special-interest group, corporate-welfare client, or other constituency. Balancing the budget in a responsible way is a program without a real constituency. So is the related project of reforming entitlements. The most modest of steps toward reforming our underperforming primary-education system produces howls that we have declared war on schoolchildren and their teachers.
I think the reasons he states for this is a muddle. But I think he’s essentially correct. I would say that a Federal government which has 2/3 of its budget geared toward entitlement programs (and other benefits) is not amenable to limited government and self-responsibility.
No kidding. If they can have a breathalyzer device in cars to prevent intoxicated people from driving, why not a Constitutional test as well? Those intoxicated on the fumes of Bernie Sanderism probably shouldn’t be driving. Or owning guns.
I’m not sure how the new self-driving cars will affect all this. I just read an article that said that most people are reluctant to let the car drive itself. I don’t blame them. However, I do think the software and technology will soon be “good enough.” Frankly, with all the nitwit liberals (please assure me no conservatives do this) driving around while texting instead of actually keeping their eyes on the road, it might be a good idea to let the car do the driving.
There is an ominous nanny-state element to this. A man (or woman) ought to learn to be responsible enough to drive a car, shoot a gun, pee standing up, and understand our Constitution and history. One of the problems of socialism is that it tends to make everyone dependent adolescents. Mother State will wipe our nose and your butt. Mother State will take care of your education, your retirement, and eventually you won’t even have to drive as well.
How long until automated walking? I mean, people do trip all the time, right? Mother State may some day require us to either stay indoors or, if we wish to do something as radical as venture outside, to sit in a self-driving chair of some type. Left turns and right turns might be irrelevant. The entire idea of a steering wheel, of driving your own life where you want, will be as extinct as the Edsel.