Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I myself am confused over whether to pronounce that, "forty-one equals zero," or "forty-one equals oh."
Those who still recall the election campaign of Senator Scott Brown as the forty-first vote against ObamaCare may find themselves disappointed by the following recent comments:
"It takes a guy who drives a truck with 216,000 miles and is from Wrentham and has a barn jacket to tell everybody that 'Hey, we have to get together and say cut the crap with the lettering and the name calling and the twisting of words and the fact that we're not doing what we’re expected to do to move our state and our country forward,'" Brown said.Wasn't Brown elected for a reason? If so, didn't it have something to do with the fact that he wasn't a "D?" And has he forgotten already the underhanded way the Democrats passed ObamaCare even after he took office? How could there even be grounds for a productive conversation with a party that showed so much contempt for both rational give-and-take and the will of the people?
Brown -- who was elected to the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's seat on Jan. 19 last year -- said his election as the 41st senator forced the two parties to have a conversation.
"What's happening in the House and in the Senate with people not talking, well I have to tell you that's changed since I got there. People are forced to talk. Some of my best friends are Democrats. We go out and try to work things through and try to move our country forward," Brown said. "I think Dr. King would appreciate the bipartisanship that I have shown that others have shown."
His error is a common one, in which he treats an implicitly rational, reality-oriented philosophical outlook as a given, rather than as an implicit example of just another possible ideology. My last would doubtless strike many, probably including Sowell himself, as moral relativism at first blush, but it is not. For if the rational, "adult" ideology that Sowell implicitly favors can be judged as an ideology, so must all other ideologies be examined under the cold light of reason, and compared against the facts of reality, which include the requirements for man's survival.To fail to identify what one stands for can have many causes, including cowardice or befuddlement. Does Scott, so far removed from the Revolution his ads invoked, really understand why he was elected? And, coming from a state whose people are anything but Jeffersonian Democrats, could such a confused man really be expected to stand for anything but the "wisdom" of the crowd, or to seek anything but the safety of numbers? Scott's dismissal of labels isn't because he sees neither party as respecting freedom, but because he doesn't really see such an issue.