One interesting exercise that Charles Cooke suggested at the Republican event (see previous post) is this. Think about the area where you live and imagine that nothing is done in it politically for the next 30 years. It’s 2052 and absolutely nothing changed in the past 3 decades. How would you feel about that?
I thought about it, and if the town where I live and this whole area didn’t change at all. . . that would be pretty bloody amazing. Folks, this is as close to paradise on Earth as it can get. It’s exactly the kind of place where children should grow up and where parents should observe them grow up. I keep taking visitors to our poor area of town and they tell me they don’t see the difference between it and the middle-class area. Here everything is safe, beautiful, great nature, everything is affordable, tons of kids’ activities, great medical services with no waiting times – it’s so good.
I want this to be conserved exactly as is for my kid and her kids and so on to enjoy. It’s extraordinarily unique and rare that a civilization has achieved something like this. I don’t think it can be improved. I think we would be sorely tempting God (or fate, or good luck, whatever you believe) if we tried to fuss with it much.