. . . Donald John Trump in his acceptance speech. In context, “No one knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.”
Okay, class, for your mid-term examination, reconcile this statement with:
The theory of limited government embodied in . . .
. . . the United States Constitution, as expressed through the tri-partite structure of the federal government and the shared sovereignty of the federal-state system. Pay particular attention to the word alone.
Classic principles of liberalism (in the good sense of the word), with particular emphasis on consent of the governed and the rule of law.
Reaganism, with particular emphasis on the question of whether government is the principal engine of human advancement, a barrier to human advancement, or something in between.
Any concept of mental health you may wish to define and advocate, with particular emphasis on whether this statement is better evidence of healthy self-confidence or narcissistic personality disorder.
Barack Hussein Obama, with a comparison a Mr. Trump's and Mr. Obama's theories of presidential power.
START WITH THE IDEA that tariffs are good for economic growth. A tariff is a tax levied at the national border. A tariff raises the cost of imports, which reduces the standard of living of consumers who buy finished goods or businesses that buy inputs for their products.
. . . God himself, channeled through his prophet Samuel. The precise issue was whether Israel, then a confederation of tribes, should have a king and a central government. God voted for a confederation of tribes, governed directly by him. The Israelites voted for a king.
"This is what the king . . . will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots.
"Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.
"He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.
"He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants.
"He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants.
"Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use.
"He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves.
" When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the Lord will not answer you in that day."
(1 Samuel 8:11-18 (NIV), reparagraphed)
Corrected for the economic, cultural, and social changes through the centuries, this critique holds up remarkably well. It can be applied easily to the ragged collection of monarchs, mullahs, dictators, and prime ministers for life who claim authority over billions of people. But it can also be applied against the aggregators of government, the centralizers in Washington, D.C., and Brussels, for example, whose first thought of the morning and last thought of the evening is how to take more decisions away from the people and allegedly sovereign states under their control (as they see it).
Israel called for a king and found itself with Saul, then David, then Solomon. Within these three generations, the king -- Solomon -- lived in regal splendor and took Israel's daughters for more than perfumers, cooks, and bakers: He had 700 wives and 300 concubines.
GARY EDWARD KEILLOR, who adopted the fancy-pants name "Garrison," taped his last "Prairie Home Companion" last night in Hollywood. It will be broadcast in Houston today in its usual spot, late this afternoon on public radio.
Mr. Keillor is a gifted man, no doubt. Thought he's four years too old to be a Baby Boomer, himself, he spoke for the boomer generation with . . .
I'm honored that you stop by occasionally to read Unca Darrell. And I deeply regret that I have posted very little in recent days. Believe me, as Mr. Trump is fond of saying, tiny right hand chopping the air, index finger aloft -- Believe me, I'm sitting on a bunch of really good stuff. Absolutely first class stuff. The best stuff ever. Everybody says so. But life is more important than blogging, and I have reached a point where . . .
. . . 1972, and Texas returned the favor, with 2.3 million votes for Richard Milhous Nixon and 1.2 for George Stanley McGovern, precursor of the progressivism of today's national party.
Yet Democrats, the traditional party of 20th-century one-party Texas, easily swept statewide elections. Uvalde rancher Dolph Briscoe was elected governor after having dispatched a red hot McGovernite progressive -- Frances "Sissy" Farenthold -- in the Democratic primary. This bit from his excellent 2008 memoir recalls the political dynamics of that volatile year.
I went to the national convention in Miami as an uncommitted delegate, but I also was a vigorous opponent of Senator McGovern's candidacy. I opposed McGovern for several reasons. I was upset by . . .
. . . his progressive project would come to power, Thomas Sowell explained who progressives are, how they operate, why their programs almost always fail, and why the failures never discredit the authors of those failures.
Mr. Sowell did this in The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy (Basic Books 1995). It deserved then, and deserves now -- as the failures of Obamism continue to manifest themselves -- to be much better known, more often read, and better heeded.
I won't abuse the book by trying to summarize it. Here are a few clips to stir your mind and heart: