Friday, February 25, 2011

"Recklessly Principled"

That's the phrase the invaluable Charles Krauthammer uses to describe the new generation of Republican leadership, and I like it.  Krauthammer:
We can see the future. The only question has been: When will the country finally rouse itself?  Amazingly, the answer is now. Led by famously progressive Wisconsin — Scott Walker at the state level and Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan at the congressional level — a new generation of Republicans has looked at the debt and is crossing the Rubicon. Recklessly principled, they are putting the question to the nation: Are we a serious people?
Well maybe, just maybe, we are.

As Krauthammer sees it, the beauty of the events unfolding in Wisconsin, a most improbable Ground Zero, is that they serve to bring crystaline clarity to the issues, to the party differences, and to the stakes, not only for Wisconsin and the country, but, I would add, for the world.  Please STOP and try to imagine for just a moment the global chaos that would be unleashed if the United States truly became financially insolvent.  The stakes are indeed that high.

The Great Reckoning continues.  The books will be balanced whether we face up to it like men or not.  I, like Krauthammer, think it's high time just such "recklessly principled" men and women took charge.

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