This is an extremely well thought out article on a fateful turn among conservatives in the early Reagan days, a turn away from trusting in the citizenry toward a kind of aristocratic cynicism. It actually elucidates how and when I finally gave up on Reaganism and began the turn back to Progressivism. Do yourself a favor and read the whole article. But if you don’t, at least ponder these very apropos quotes from Aristotle, Marsiglio of Padua, and St. Paul.
…conservatives would do well to go further than a study of Irving Kristol or Leo Strauss. Aristotle wrote, “There is this to be said for the Many. Each of them by himself may not be of a good quality; but when they all come together it is possible that they may surpass – collectively and as a body, although not individually – the quality of the few best….This is the reason why the Many are also better judges of music and the writings of poets: some appreciate one part, some another, and all together appreciate all.” And Marsiglio of Padua wrote, “For, as we have already said, the less learned citizens can sometimes notice something to be corrected in regard to the proposed law, although they would not have known how to discover the law.”
What is not appreciated today by the establishment of the Republican Party is what James the 1st realized in 1609 that leaders represent three things to the mass: Gods, Fathers of Families and Heads of the Human Body. While divine authority can be reduced to dictates, fathers have to listen in order to persuade the most rebellious members of the family. And no study of anatomy and physiology shows a healthy brain or mind which mistakes its commanding authority over the body as license to dictate or ignore signals coming through nerves and veins in the most remote portion of the foot or finger. While the Apostle Paul masterfully explained the third dynamic in 1st Corinthians 12:15-20 “15 Now if the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body,” our modern political patron of lost causes – Jude Wanniski – expounded most articulately that the Commander-In-Chief was the father of a national family unit.
- Rush Limbaugh lies, says WIC program “not doing anybody any good” (salon.com)
- Saturday Night Unintentionally Funny Video: Zero Information Voters (newsbusters.org)