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.
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 . . .”