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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Uncontrollable Pessimism

A fellow John Adams member (who shall remain unamed) has often told me that the problem with conservativism is the never ending battle against pessimism - a battle that he and many conservatives are constantly engaged in. I have to admit that I am generally an optimist, so I had difficulty understanding what he meant by this pessimism... that is until I read this column by Peggy Noonan.

..since 9/11, in the four years after that catastrophe, I have wondered if it hasn't all gotten too big, too complicated, too crucial, too many-fronted, too . . . impossible.

Read it all. It is truly pathetic.

Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

Miers is out. Maybe Noonan will have a better day today.

8:15 AM, October 27, 2005  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

That column was, well, a bit of a downer.

But we also cannot blind ourselves to the spiraling entitlements, existing, newly enacted, and twinkles in democrats' eyes.

I predict, in the future, everyone will be on welfare.

It's wonderful to be an optimist if one is also realistic. But, all too often, blind optimism is what allows the buffoons to spend into oblivion, hoping production wil always be able to close the gap.

The antidote IS to have a few Noonans around to talk about the emperor's bare naked saggy body.

8:58 AM, October 27, 2005  
Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

I like to tell my students that there is free disposal in ideas. Thus, when proposing ideas, it doesn't really matter that much how many bad ideas you have, but how many good original ideas you have. It is like this with Noonan. Often, you have to just chuck what she says. But when she's on, she can be quite original and instructive. Today's is one to chuck.

1:09 PM, October 27, 2005  

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