“Honor The Vision Of Your Founders”
Yesterday Michael Warren from NRO reported that message of Daniel Hannan from he spoke at the Heritage Foundation.
Their country was founded on a series of premises: that concentrated power corrupts; that jurisdiction should be dispersed; that decision-makers should be accountable; that taxes should not be raised save by elected representatives, nor laws passed without popular consent…
Warren also wrote regarding Hannan’s speech:
Despite the many challenges facing conservatives in the West, he remains optimistic. “What’s done can be undone,” Hannan said, though he warned that the process would be painful and difficult. Hannan noted that public opinion in many European countries is opposed to the EU’s Lisbon Treaty. “The mass of sensible people is the greatest ally to conservatives,” he said.
And that mass of sensible people, Victor Davis Hanson writes, has Prairie-Fire Anger.
There is a cascading anger at a new sort of left-wing elitism and hypocrisy as well, one that feeds the rhetoric of class warfare. The rules of the game simply do not apply to this bunch of wannabe Platonic Guardians….
…One of the worst flaws of this species of utopian technocrat is the notion that he wishes to curtail in others the very things he wishes to enjoy without constraint himself.
Thus we sense that a Geithner does not wish to pay the taxes he hikes on others. A Holder wants to destroy through subpoena and litigation the Bush lawyers, but pleaded once for mercy for his own shenanigans involving the crooked Clinton pardons. And Obama lectures about the inequality of wealth and the burdens of racism while his wife’s salary climbed as his political influence grew. Meanwhile his own rarified tastes translated into a shady transaction with Tony Rezco to help to score a stately home and expansive yard—while attending a Trinity Church that radiated racial venom from a charlatan preacher who ended up in a mansion on a golf course.
Hanson concludes that even he:
…underestimated the righteous anger of those who are daily deprecated by a utopian class—one that has neither the ability nor the fortitude to achieve what it now wishes to undo in others.
From the Heritage Foundation:
If you don’t remember who Daniel Hannan is, watch this.
UPDATE: Iain Murray has some comments from Jim Bennett Re: The Role of Jefferson with Bennett’s thoughts on John Adams, Hamilton and Franklin.
H/T: NRO’s The Corner, Daniel Hannan’s Telegraph blog, Heritage Foundation, Pajamas Media
(Incidentally, I agree with the comments regarding John Adams. He’s the man!).
Crossposted in a modified format to J’s Cafe Nette.