Mark Levin’s literary dynamite detonates in midst of GOP primaries.
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What was the original utopian concept? Social insurance for seniors and medical care as well. What could possibly go wrong? What went wrong, of course, is the point Levin highlights throughout his book. In the quest for a perfect world, utopians time and again and always crash into the rocks of reality.
Says Levin of these two pillars of Ameritopia:
… in 2010, the CBO [Congressional Budget Office] estimated that unfunded obligations for Medicare and Social Security are $25 trillion and $21.4 trillion, respectively. Both programs are economically unviable.
In other words: Oops.
Or, as Ronald Reagan might say: There they go again.
Why is this happening to Social Security and Medicare? Why are they destined to crash on the rocks of economic unviability?
Because while on the surface these two programs were supposed to be dealing with social insurance and health care for seniors — in fact what they were really were nothing more than 20th century efforts at bringing utopia to America. Establishing a country where, in complete violation of Locke’s principles about the nature of man, nothing could go wrong. Benefiting politically from selling the whole thing to the gullible.
Now — with the predictability of the sun rising in East — economic disaster looms. Shocker!
SO. LET’S BRING THIS BACK where we started.
The idea of Ameritopia as a political player at the dead center of the 2012 presidential campaign.
What Mark Levin has done with this book — exactly as he did with Liberty and Tyranny — is shine a blinding spotlight on what’s really going wrong in this country. (And the favorable reviews are already coming, as here at PJ Media.) He has illustrated in vivid terms the considerable danger posed by utopian masterminds who have led this country, by leaps and bounds when not by degrees, to what Levin accurately calls a “Post-Constitutional America.”
With considerable hard work Levin has managed to pull together for modern consumption a serious understanding of what Americans are really hearing and seeing when they hear, say, Barack Obama go on and on about being a transformational president halting the rise of the oceans or Obamacare or the need for an almost trillion dollar government stimulus.
Discerning conservatives will have their own reasons to be discomfited when they hear Mitt Romney defend Romneycare or Newt Gingrich attack Bain Capital or Rick Santorum discuss why he supported earmarks.
In their own fashion, each and every one of these people, the presumed “great men” of our era, are looking for a slice of utopia. Looking, as Levin has noted elsewhere, “to create ideal societies.” Ideal societies that can in fact never exist but inevitably wind up creating totalitarian regimes.
It also needs to be said here that Mark Levin is thoroughly establishing himself as a serious public intellectual — a William Buckley, a Daniel Patrick Moynihan (a John Locke?) of today. Yes, yes, yes, the talk radio “get off the phone you big dope” persona is entertaining. But make no mistake here. Mark Levin is a considerably serious man, a serious thinker whose books matter.
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.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?