America, By Jingo
Rich Lowry had a nine paragraph column on New Year’s Eve that can really be summed up in two sentences:
Our greatness is simply a fact. Only the churlish or malevolent can deny it, or even get irked at its assertion.
Or, as DougJ at Balloon Juice put it, America Fuck Yeah.
I’ve really got to wonder what the purpose of stuff like this is. The GOP has been obsessed in recent years with the idea of national “greatness” and conservatives are quick to condemn and political leader who doesn’t make the appropriate statement about how the United States of America is the greatest country ever. It all strikes me as rather silly schoolyard boosterism. It doesn’t inform policy decisions, and it tends to lead to the rather dangerous idea of “My country, right or wrong.”
This is what passes for political insight from the right these days, apparently.