Saturday, July 10, 2010

 

Bill Kristol On ‘The Crisis At Which We’ve Arrived’

Bill Kristol writing in the Weekly Standard combines Alexander Hamilton's exhortation in Federalist 1 with the Fourth of July Philadelphia Tea Party to define the parameters of America's present existential crises:

We are not now quite at a founding moment, or even a re-founding moment. But we have arrived at a genuine crisis, or a set of crises, and we may well be at a decisive moment for the country.

This sense of crisis is what animates the Tea Parties. I had the pleasure of attending the “Proud to be an American July 4th Tea Party” outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia. It featured patriotic songs and speeches, and expressions of support for our troops and praise for our country. Yet the mood of patriotic gratitude was mixed with expressions of alarm from my fellow Tea Partiers about the administration now in charge of our government. The combination of patriotic gratitude and urgent alarm produces a determination to act and a willingness to deal boldly with the crises in the economy, in foreign policy, and in self-government that the country faces.

November 2010.

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