Whither Hence?

Well, as we might expect, the events of Sunday night have provoked quite a Festschrift on the right.

Here’s Mark Steyn, at National Review Online, on the decline of great nations.

Here’s Dennis Prager, also at NRO, who sees this ideological conflict as nothing less than a bloodless civil war.

Here’s George Will, on “America’s teetering tower of unkeepable promises”.

Here’s a particularly pungent item from Roissy.

And here something less up-to-the-minute, but every bit as timely: James Madison’s hope, expressed in Federalist #10, that a large Union that took the form of a democratic republic would provide a bulwark against the ancient ills of political faction. He assumed that there would always be at least some commonality of purpose between the representatives appointed to conduct the legislative affaors of the Union, but this assumption appears to have broken down; so diametrically opposed are the aims of the two factions at war in this latest struggle that even the ingenuity of Jemmy and the rest of the Framers appears to have been unequal to the challenge.


  1. I thought Steyn’s panoramic view was superb.

    Posted March 24, 2010 at 11:42 am | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    I did too.

    Posted March 24, 2010 at 11:59 am | Permalink

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