There is something going on here, a new distance between Washington and America that the Syria debate has forced into focus. The Syria debate isn't, really, a struggle between libertarians and neoconservatives, or left and right, or Democrats and Republicans. That's not its shape. It looks more like a fight between the country and Washington, between the broad American public and Washington's central governing assumptions.Government of the people, by the people, for the people seems to be concept either forgotten or ignored by many of those currently serving in Washington DC. And while it seems especially so among those in the Executive Branch, there are plenty of those serving in the Congress who would do well to reconsider a more traditional, restrained role for the federal government.
Friday, September 6, 2013
Our national divide deepens
Big government, take note. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan notes how quickly national opinion has jelled against Syrian intervention: