Tuesday, July 01, 2008

He Should Try Living Here

Victor David Hansen on America's descent into quiverly paralysis:
The causes of this paralysis are clear. Action entails risks and consequences. Mere thinking doesn't. In our litigious society, as soon as someone finally does something, someone else can become wealthy by finding some fault in it. Meanwhile a less fussy, more confident world abroad drills, and builds nuclear plants, refineries, dams and canals to feed and fuel millions who want what we take for granted.

In our present comfort, Americans don't seem to understand nature. We believe that our climate-controlled homes, comfortable offices and easy air and car travel are just like grass or trees; apparently they should sprout up on their own for our benefit.
It's not just ecolunacy. It seems to me that, above all else, liberalism requires an enormous sense of entitlement. Just as electricity just happens, so does social order and prosperity. There are never any sacrifices to be made, or trade-offs to be judged, well, not unless evil conservatives have ruined it for everybody else.

This is why liberal rhetoric is so overheated. It's an endless attempt to evade responsibility for the entirely predictable consequences of stupid ideas by blaming it all on an ever-expanding series of scapegoats.

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