Wisdom is invaluable-Tocqueville forecast ‘millions of tiny regulations that erode freedom

One of history’s great thinkers saw our current problem’s coming

Foreign policy scholar Michael Ledeen warned that even small regulations on tobacco and guns slowly and quietly erode the freedoms granted American citizens in the nation’s founding documents.

“It’s exactly what Tocqueville forecast, exactly the way he forecast it,” Ledeen said. “Millions of tiny little regulations, and we’re not going to notice them when they come in one-by-one. We’re even going to welcome them, and then one day we’re going to wake and find that we’re all tied down, we can’t move at all.”

Wisdom, as this man and our Founders had is what is needed so desperately right now.

 

An entirely new people?

Jill posts a great link to some words from George Weigel, who sums up Tuesday’s results

Here’s some excellent analysis from George Weigel (and Alexis de Tocqueville):

That half the country was prepared to reelect a manifestly failed president whose personal incapacities, like the incapacities of the bloated governmental bureaucracies over which he presided, were on full display in the weeks before the election, and in venues ranging from North Africa to Staten Island, is a very disturbing “indicator,” as the pollsters like to say. That a goodly proportion of that half of America seemed susceptible to the Obama campaign’s class warfare is also disturbing. But perhaps most disturbing of all is the exit-poll data showing that a healthy majority of the electorate believed Obama more capable than Romney of handling foreign crises: and this, after the lethal fiasco of Benghazi, itself the embodiment of an ideologically driven pusillanimity in foreign policy that has been on display since the president’s apologize-for-America tour at the beginning of his first term. “Missing greatness,” it turns out, is not just a function of who’s in charge. It’s a result of democratic citizens’ not paying attention. Or worse, it’s the result of citizens’ suffering such severe ideological glaucoma that they cannot see what is in front of them.

How true. This is the result of identity politics, class warfare, a media that has become cheerleaders for the Liberal view of America, and do not forget to blame the sorry state of our education, especially history! David Gelernter shares my view

David Gelernter has a partial explanation for the degradation of the electorate. It’s the schools, stupid:

. . . you can’t graduate class after class after class of left-indoctrinated ignoramuses without paying the price. Last night was a downpayment.

The Left has hijacked our education system, replacing education with indoctrination.