Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Bringing Down the Political Class

Thomas Jefferson warned us that "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure." (Letter to William Stephens Smith, November 13, 1787). We are far from the point where the political process is so exhausted and corrupted that love of liberty requires political bloodshed, but it is often healthy in a free republic to bring down, and even humiliate, those who have come to see themselves as the naturally ruling element.

Here is a U.S. Marine laying into a Congressman.

This Congressman is clearly a dweeb. The Marine kicks him in the groin repeatedly, then turns his back on him, leaving the Congressman standing there looking anything but a leader. Sadly, it is the people who epitomize the self-imagined naturally ruling element that deserve this treatment--people like Congressmen Barney Frank and Charles Rangel--but neither of those men would ever stand for this treatment. They are reprehensible in many ways, but they are not dweebs. Of course that is what makes it so difficult to dislodge the purported naturally ruling element.

It is encouraging news that Harry Reid is trailing in the polls behind his likely Republican challenger, former UNLV basketball player Danny Tarkanian.

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