Today’s Brew 11-17-14

Ralph Benko looks at national politics, and specifically, the threat by the President to use Executive Action. Check out his Forbes.com piece:

What Saul Alinsky Could Teach Obama About Totally Ignoring Congress

Actually we the people are a lot smarter than you might think, Mr. President. If your policies were good, really, we’d be rallying around you — and re-electing, rather than de-electing, your political allies. It isn’t, as you say, that your administration has done a poor sales job. It’s a mixture of your promoting a product that the majority of us do not want, or a poor quality version of a product (like universal health care) that we do.

It is not, Mr. President, a failure of politics. The recent election is a triumph of politics over a failure of policy.

And this bespeaks more than a utilitarian deficiency. It betrays a philosophical, even a spiritual, deficiency. Alinsky:

One hundred and thirty-five years ago Tocqueville gravely warned that unless individual citizens were regularly involved in the action of governing themselves, self-government would pass from the scene. Citizen participation is the animating spirit and force in a society predicated on voluntarism.

There can be no darker or more devastating tragedy than the death of man’s faith in himself and in his power to direct his future.

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