The Other McCain

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Targeted for Destruction

Posted on | August 3, 2020 | Comments Off on Targeted for Destruction


When I was a road warrior on the campaign trail years ago, I got into the habit of using the blog as a sort of notebook — three or four posts a day, with photos, quotes, etc. — which I would then cannibalize in the evening for my American Spectator column. Sometimes I still utilize that modus operandi, as for example in my COVID-19 coverage, where I would often do a midday rant inspired by Andrew Cuomo’s daily briefings (dear God how I despised those), and compose some statistical comparisons that were then fed into my regular columns on the pandemic.

All of that is preamble to explaining that yesterday’s blog rant (“Democrats vs. Suburbia: Biden Will Make ‘Magic Dirt Theory’ Federal Policy”) was really a warm-up for a 1,900-word opus that begins thus:

One of the basic tasks of the political Left, not only in contemporary America but on a worldwide basis ever since the French Revolution, is to identify those social institutions that are healthy and functional, then ruin them completely, and call this result “reform.” Sometimes millions of people die as a result of the Left’s appetite for “reform” (e.g., collectivization of agriculture in the Soviet Union), but always innocent people are made to suffer on behalf of the allegedly idealistic motives of the self-anointed progressive “reformers.” . . .

Read the rest of my latest column at The American Spectator.

By the way, our commenter “JeffS” deserves a hat-tip for calling my attention to the anti-zoning measure enacted last year in Oregon, thus informing two paragraphs toward the end of my column.



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