This is an excellent article by Daniel Henninger at the Wall Street Journal. Hat tip to my friend John for the forward. I suggest reading Daniel’s article first.
My answer to Henninger’s perpetual question, “why can’t the left govern?” is that the left is narcissistic and authoritarian at its core, like an only child. They want and must have it their way, or else. Many of them are able to closet/submerge/repress their narcissism and authoritarianism for a time and for specific end purposes, but it is when they get what they want that they begin to come out of the closet. Thus, when they achieve office, they cannot govern, they become tyrants. Bill Clinton said, “I did it because I could.” Hitler, Mussolini etc were populists before they came out as fascist tyrants and then they made war. War is the ultimate ‘or else,’ the inability to see outside their box, outside their own personality.
When Roosevelt’s progressive, populist ideas to fix the economy didn’t work (international economic sanctions and the welfare state for example), then our nation, which is isolationist at its core for many reasons, was led to war, after “the war to end all wars.” Obama is exactly the same and we are in grave danger, as I said when he was a candidate.
Based on the reasoning above, as I have said many times, leftist governments eventually lead to war when their ideas fail, unless they are removed first. The ideas that elected them are not thought out, because they were never intended to be fully implemented. The ideas were just a means to an end. And that end is all about them, as Henninger said. We are at great risk.
Fundamentally, more government, more regulations, more government control is neither liberal nor progressive. Truly liberal and progressive ideas would lead to more freedom, not less. That reveals how backwards mainstream politics, discourse and education are today. When the ends justify the means, this backwards situation is the result, because that end-game rationalization is used to justify lying and all manner of misdeeds. That end-game rationalization is the revolutionary operating philosophy of Saul Alinsky and his student community organizers like Obama and the Clintons, revolutionaries like Bill Ayers, Leon Trotsky, Vlad Lenin and tyrants like Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and Mohammad as well as the United Nations.