. . . might well do to the United States of America.
Mrs. Sanders -- she of the 1988 honeymoon (at taxpayer expense) in Yaroslavl, Russia (then the Soviet Union) -- is one of her husband's chief political and policy advisors. Her resume features a stint as president of Burlington College, about which The Wall Street Journal reports this:
GREECE IS AN INTERNATIONAL DEADBEAT. The government and people of Greece believe passionately in living beyond their means. And on borrowed money they have no real intention of repaying. (The present "austerity" legislation will prove to be a ruse: what must be said (but not necessarily done) to keep the money flowing.)
Which raises a question: Which state in the United States is most like Greece? Well, now we have an answer. And the award goes to . . .
. . . constitutional republic is better than a Greek-style referendum.
The Greek referendum is a testament to the foresight of America's founding generation that tempered the excesses of majoritarianism by establishing a representative republic. "As there is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust, so there are other qualities in human nature which justify a certain portion of esteem and confidence," James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 55. "Republican government presupposes the existence of these qualities in a higher degree than any other form. . . .
In plainer words, the U.S. Constitution works better than any competing structure of government because it is based on a proper understanding of human nature, which is a mixture of good and evil. Republican government and limited government are ways of limiting the evil that any one person or group can do. Referenda have their place, perhaps, but their danger is illustrated by the response of an infantilized Greek public -- miseducated, hooked on benefits -- when asked to pronounce on the Greek debt crisis.
MANY FOREIGN POLICY experts seem to believe that retaining American primacy is largely a matter of will -- of how America chooses to exert its power abroad. Even President Obama, more often accused of being a prophet of decline than a booster of America's future, recently asserted that the United States "has rarely been stronger relative to the rest of the world." The question, he continued, is "not whether America will lead, but how we will lead.
An inventory of recent successes of leftist governments -- those run by liberals (aspiring socialists and good-hearted useful idiots), progressives (socialists in all but name), and honest socialists (those who . . .