Peggy Noonan wrote one of her masterpieces and it appeared at WSJ today. She is dealing with the hard left turn the Democrats are taking and calling for a response from Republicans. She is undeniably right on. But I want o focus on just a couple of lines she wrote in this great, great piece:
…Democrats are not only going left, they will do it badly. They will lurch, they will be spurred by anger and abstractions, they will be destructive. They really would kill the goose that laid the golden egg, because they feel no loyalty to it.
The natural job of conservatives is to conserve….
I have been thinking a lot about the nature of conservation lately. I recently attended a performance of Shakespeare that was deeply troubling – deeply. I do not wish to pick on the particular institution offering the performance, nor the performers, directors and crew involved so I will offer no more detail. What I will comment on is that the play was radically altered from what I read in high school. Of course, it was in a left leaning direction, but that is almost immaterial. The point was that those putting this presentation together thought themselves somehow better and smarter than the original author and had no problem appropriating it to their ends. This is actually pretty common with Shakespeare anymore which is why I do not want to pick on anybody specific. In the end it is a deeply selfish act. This is part of what Noonan is talking about when she says, “…they will do it badly.”