The Democratic habit of mob rule — from Woodstock to Mario Cuomo to Obamacare.
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Everybody’s been celebrating Woodstock this weekend and as the primal gathering of peace, love and harmony — and it was indeed perhaps the most orderly, tolerant, and good-natured mob in history. All the “freaks” of the 1960s suddenly found themselves in like company and a moment of cultural self-recognition. The good vibes lasted for three whole days and became the founding event of a counterculture that still believes the world can live in greater peace and harmony.
But mobs get restless, even in the best of circumstances. It was only four months after Woodstock that an ad hoc police force of Hell’s Angels killed a crazed gunman at Altamont. After that, free outdoor concerts quickly degenerated into unruly events that often ended in violence. Notice they don’t give them anymore, either. When Bruce Springsteen plays the Meadowlands, he charges $75 a head and up.
And so, in the healthcare debate, the time has come to draw the line between universal brotherhood and individual responsibility. Bring us together, Mr. President, but leave us room to lead our own personal lives as well.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?