How Liberals Think: Cantor’s Loss Means a Shortage of Laws! Oh No!

It is so weird to see Liberals writing what they purport are bipartisan arguments that should appeal to all Americans but do nothing of the kind. Instead, they simply assume Liberalism is true and that Liberal arguments will persuade all readers.

Consider this headline on an editorial from USA Today: “Cantor’s defeat is your loss.” This document pretends to be an argument that all of us will be worse off because of the Tea Party victory.

In the end, though, why Cantor lost isn’t as important as the fact that he did. If the majority leader could lose, so could almost any congressional Republican — or so many will think. The lesson is that you can’t be too careful, especially about any vote a tea party challenger could use to paint you as insufficiently conservative.

Tea party members have usefully focused attention on federal deficits and the national debt, but their fixation on political purity has made it harder to solve these and other problems. When voters elect politicians who promise never to compromise with the other party, they shouldn’t be surprised when Washington is paralyzed.

In the long run, one way to help break this impasse is to end the sort of gerrymandering that allows hard-liners from both parties to win elections. Tea party candidates have fared better this year in deep red districts than in statewide elections.

Shorter term, the best hope is lawmakers with the backbone to do what’s right for the nation and voters who recognize that making deals is a necessary part of the democratic process.

What a conception of human life! It is doomed to frustration and pain throughout the fifty states unless a group in Washington manages to pass new laws every year! Where does such a conception of human society come from? Year by year Congress meets and adds new laws to the ones it has been passing for over two centuries. How can that be healthy or right?

Then, the editorial credits the Tea Party with focusing “attention on federal deficits and the national debt,” but criticizes them for opposing raising the debt limit, which was exactly the issue. Raising the debt ceiling was the means of increasing both deficit and debt.

Besides all that, Democrats do join with Republicans all the time to do things. It is simply not true that the Tea Party is against all such cooperation. The Tea Party is against expanding government power or adding to the debt. It has opposed Republicans when they cooperate with Democrats to expand government power or add to the debt. That is all.