Big Ideas on the Left and Right

While the good people of Oregon worshiped adoringly and the press facilitated the faux-outrage over President Bush’s scorn for appeasement, the meat of the President’s impressive speech was lost. Here’s my favorite line:

Ultimately, to prevail in this struggle, we must offer an alternative to the ideology of the extremists by extending our vision of justice and tolerance and freedom and hope. These values are the self-evident right of all people, of all religions, in all the world because they are a gift from the Almighty God.

This speech was a big speech on a big platform sharing big ideas. These are ideas to fight for and defend. There are still worthy ideals.

The ideas in this speech make discussions about fat people and SUVs and global warming seem small and insignificant in comparison. But those are the big, triumphant ideas of the Left these days. The leader of the Left in America presses for ways to constrain human freedom (link to video of Obama’s latest speech) to create an ideal society. Higher taxes to put money where they believe it should go. New laws so people will drive the “right” kind of cars. Policies will encourage parents to make sure their children are fit. Those are the “big ideas.” Actually, the big idea is that Barack Obama knows what’s good for you.

The big idea on the Right should be that you know what’s good for you. I said should be. This election, the decision will be between which mommy seems less naggy. Big ideas will be for another election somewhere down the road.

Cross-posted at Dr. Melissa Clouthier.

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