Post-partisanship

Barack Obama has claimed, many times, to be “post-partisan.” The corollary is that this is how he would prefer to govern, not having to deal with the often rancorous partisanship that at times has gridlocked Washington.

I take Obama at his word on this, but would offer that in Obamaland, post-partisanship is just another way of saying “groupthink.” As in, don’t argue with me, I know what’s best for you.

In our republic, partisanship, or factionalism, has been the engine that both drives and halts the American enterprise. Call it creative tension, call it competition, call it survival of the fittest ideas. Partisanship is a necessary ingredient for progress when progress is needed.

Partisanship is also necessary when what is needed is, in the inimitable words of Bill Buckley, to

stand athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who do.

Our job as loyal Americans, and as conservative partisans, is to yell “Stop” when the post-partisans go for unsustainable spending and debt, when the post-partisans would control every aspect of our lives and our economy.

Of course Obama would prefer to be a “post-partisan” president. It would save him the time of having to defend and justify his wretched leap to the left.

Oh, and for the record: our liberty is never more secure than when Washington is in gridlock. That way, the miscreants in Congress and the White House are given fewer chances to reduce our liberty and harm the economy.

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