Governing in American


Scott Rasmussen just told Rich Lowry here on the Atlantic somewhere: “The American people do not want to be governed by the Left or the Right. They want to govern themselves.”

When I was with President George W. Bush on Friday, as it happens, the former president talked about how he didn’t like the word “govern” in reference to elected officials. Because they don’t govern. It’s not a top-down country we’re living in. Or, at least, it shouldn’t be. That’s not how America works. 

Kathryn Jean Lopez — Kathryn Jean Lopez is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute and an editor-at-large of National Review. Sign up for her weekly NRI newsletter here. This column is based on one available through Andrews McMeel Universal’s Newspaper Enterprise Association.

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