Friday, March 6, 2009
I'm not sure "eh... don't worry about it" is the wisest approach to Obama's economic kamikaze run, but the premise of Wesley Pruden's column has merit.
Unless, maybe, you look at the pendulum swing of American politics instead as a NASDAQ stock "trading in a range" -- which will always break out to the upside or downside with a vengeance eventually. And more powerfully so the longer it's been bouncing around inside the lines.
Notice Pruden has calibrated his pendulum with FDR, making the cycle a phenomenon of the modern era of U.S. history. Yet philosophies, Republic-shattering debates, and, yes, political parties(!) now extinct once roamed the American political landscape prior to that.
Is it unreasonable then to assume our present troubles might end in something other than just another standard-issue swing to the Right? That they might mean something bigger and uglier, up to and including one major party not getting up off the mat? Or another shattered Republic?
I'm not calling it for the apocalypse. I actually take comfort in Pruden's logic, which I've used on friends recently myself. The Constitutional bedrock of the Founders is still the firmest in world history, and we have relatively little history under our belt yet.
I'm just saying Pruden is technically flawed in suggesting things never change, and if there was ever a time ripe for a seismic paradigm shift (for good or ill) the Obama Era would certainly fit the bill.
Then again, we've already established how my brain works.
Posted by Splash at 8:32 AM