Here, the People Rule

by Jay Nordlinger

I have the usual variety in today’s Impromptus, but I read something after I finished my column, and would like to note it here. First, though, a little background.

For several years, I have been accused by some of my reader-critics of “blaming the people.” What I do is hold a free people responsible for the way they vote. Or, to put it differently, I credit them with making their own choices.

To some conservatives, the people are never wrong. The people are sacred (or sometimes misled). They never mean to vote for a liberal Democrat, you see. It’s just that the Republican nominee is bad, or ran a bad campaign. The people are always itchin’ to vote conservative. But sometimes they can’t, because of the badness of the GOP. They vote for liberals sort of by accident.

Jeane Kirkpatrick said of modern Democrats, “They always blame America first.” On the right, there is something like always blaming the Republican party first. The GOP and its dread “establishment” is responsible for the fall of every sparrow (and the election of every Democrat).

Well, I smiled when reading the opening of this George Will column: “Democracy can be cruel because elections deprive the demos of the delight of alibis and the comfort of complaining. Illinois voters have used many elections to make theirs the worst-governed state . . .”

Yes, exactly, GFW. Well done.

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