The Ungovernability of the American Republic

When the left starts talking about nations becoming ungovernable, stock up on guns and ammo, because that usually means they’ll start forcefully agitating for a more governable country according to their definition of governability.That is a real and very inconvenient fact of history spread across continents.And thus it begins here.Our Community Organizer-in-Chief, Barack Obama, is saying as much.Various others on the left are saying it.Andrew Sullivan has joined the bandwagon over the potential of a Scott Brown victory.

Yes, I’m gloomy. Not because I was so wedded to this bill, although I think it’s a decent enough start. But because if America cannot grapple with its deep and real problems after electing a new president with two majorities, then America’s problems are too great for Americans to tackle.

The alleged ungovernability of the American Republic will be just one more crisis for the left to seize upon and change. The reforms of the 1800’s in Britain came after organized rioting through the nation — in fact, we are probably fortunate to be the product of British governance. The agitation over ungovernability is generally relatively less violent in former British colonies than in the former colonies of Spain, Germany, France, or the Russian Empire.At best, we will no doubt see the Democrats seriously contemplate further willful ignorance of long time precedent and the rules of fair play and common decency. At worse . . . well, let’s hope for the best.Something, however, is coming. The left saw the 2008 election as a mandate for radical change, not just the public being tired of the other guys. The public, however, was really only tired of the GOP. What we are now seeing is the majority of Americans driving home that point of view — they were tired of the GOP. They did not want wholesale change.The left is upset. It has decided the nation is ungovernable1 because there is no popular support for the total upheaval of the American way of life. They say now it is ungovernable.What they fail to realize is that over two hundred years ago a group of much wiser men than we now have in this silly age of ease and convenience designed the nation that way. Any student of American history knows the American Revolution was a conservative revolution — a return in the minds of colonists to the rights of 1688 and the Glorious Revolution where the people were firmly put in charge of Britain and guaranteed certain unalienable rights, among them life, liberty, and property.In other words, what the left is calling the ungovernability of the American Republic is actually a feature, not a flaw.

  1. Also remember New York was ungovernable till Rudy proved that wrong. California is ungovernable. And the Presidency was too big for one man when that man was Jimmy Carter. Of course, notwithstanding those examples, we’ve never had an angry horde of leftists intent on a national shift in the American way of life as we do now.