What will would-be Senator Rand Paul say when they ask how he feels about being named after an avowed atheist? Not that I trust the NY Times account of Republican reticence on what to argue for, but, as one Republican pollster put it, "we have to answer the question, Why us?" Well, what is really wrong with Obamacare and the means used and contemplated to pass it, Democrat legislators cheering a foreign
dictator leader of a chaotic state who denounces an American State, Washington DC owning auto companies...?
American instincts are sound, but passions and opinions need to be refined. (Palin graps these instincts remarkably well, but she needs to cultivate them, not just cheer them on.) To feel gloom and betray confusion because the Republican didn't prevail in an overwhelmingly Democratic district shows an utter lack of judgment. (As much as the media now implies Paul is a racist, why aren't they saying the same about Pennsylvania-12--why it didn't vote for Obama and was thus considered by some to be a "swing" district?)
Between the nihilism of the left and the nihilism of the right lies the constitutionalism, rule of law, and natural rights of the American political tradition. Applying these truths to the current crisis is the challenge.