George Will – inspired by Clark Neily’s new book, Terms of Engagement – explains why conservatives who want freer markets and a government that is truer to the founding principles are mistaken to protest against judicial activism. A slice:
Conservatives clamoring for judicial restraint, meaning deference to legislatures, are waving a banner unfurled a century ago by progressives eager to emancipate government, freeing it to pursue whatever collective endeavors it fancies, sacrificing individual rights to a spurious majoritarian ethic.
The beginning of wisdom is recognizing the implications of this fact: Government is almost never disinterested. Today’s administrative state is a congeries of interests, each of which has a metabolic urge to enlarge its dominion and that of the private-sector faction with which it collaborates.
And here, George Will rightly heaps scorn on the annual political show in the U.S. – always starring America’s top
government official political vaudevillian – called “The State of the Union Address.” Here’s Will’s opening line:
As undignified as it is unedifying and unnecessary, the vulgar State of the Union circus is again at our throats.
In his column on Tuesday’s upcoming State of the Union Address, George Will mentions the likelihood that Pres. Obama will likely call for more government-funded pre-schooling. If Greg Mankiw were president, we’d almost surely not hear any such call on Tuesday.
Opponents of school choice sincerely believe that if you make everybody stay on the Titanic, then maybe it won’t sink as fast.