Yo Ron! Let’s hear it for the least worst something. Or other!
From what planet did Ron Fournier pluck this hashtag?
I suspect the hashtag can be explained by this tweet, a common theme of Ron’s:
Here’s what I think of the #LeastWorseParty hashtag:
As I imagined this post in my head, I was wishing Madison were still alive and that he were tweeting.
He’s not, though he did leave us this:
It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.
—James Madison, Federalist 51
Why I think this is important (and why I keep bugging Ron about this)
Progressives—including Ron Fournier—build their whole theory of governance on the idea of perfectibility (or, in Ron’s case, denying the repercussions) of mankind’s fallenness.
Their programs are designed with complete faith that men and women of total and incorruptible good will exist and that someone will be in place to make the thing run well and accomplish its stated purpose without fail or favor.
Frankly, as Madison acknowledged—and, not coincidentally, built our constitutional structure on—men are destined to fail from their own blindness, limitations, and personal and party ambitions.
So when conservatives encounter a Ron Fournier disappointment in races “to the bottom,” we are puzzled by his evident surprise.
We know people fail and we’ve taken it into account in our political philosophy and governing (and non-governing) recommendations.
We are not disillusioned in the least by the frequent need to choose the lesser of evils.