The Y2K Election
I promise that this periodical will not be a political tract, except to the extent that our politics drives ideas that have consequences. Contrary to many, particularly in the mainstream media, I believe this Presidential election is all about ideas and their consequences. It’s also about the struggle for survival of the old politics that thrives on ideas that have had bad consequences. This is the old politics that has stultified the Democratic Party, of labor union protectionism, government programs financed by a confiscatory tax system, “top down” initiatives by political elites to collectivize behavior, and apparent disdain for the virtues of civic republicanism that made this country the hope of the world. And the Al Gore Democrats have dumped Clinton incrementalism and are back in the mode of big government expansion. There are important choices to be made about big ideas, folks. Just one example: When the Supreme Court ruled in late March that the Food and Drug Administration cannot regulate tobacco products without Congressional authority, The Houston Chronicle headline referred to a “victory for big tobacco”! How about a victory for the U. S. Constitution? And how precarious is the 5-4 majority on the Court for such a ruling? Is the 2000 election a big deal or what?