The latest editorial from Peggy Noonan is quite insightful and worth consideration (which doesn't necessarily mean that she is right).
In her article Noonan argues that there is something legitimate to the growing alienation that a large segment of the American population feel toward the federal government. She writes,
None of this happened overnight. It is, most recently, the result of two wars that were supposed to be cakewalks, Katrina, the crash, and the phenomenon of a federal government that seemed less and less competent attempting to do more and more by passing bigger and bigger laws.
Add to this states on the verge of bankruptcy, the looming debt crisis of the federal government, and the likelihood of ever-rising taxes. Shake it all together, and you have the makings of the big alienation. Alienation is often followed by full-blown antagonism, and antagonism by breakage.
...Arizona is moving forward because the government in Washington has completely abdicated its responsibility. For 10 years—at least—through two administrations, Washington deliberately did nothing to ease the crisis on the borders because politicians calculated that an air of mounting crisis would spur mounting support for what Washington thought was appropriate reform—i.e., reform that would help the Democratic and Republican parties.
But while the Democrats worry about the prospects of the Democrats and the Republicans about the well-being of the Republicans, who worries about America?
What do you think? Is Noonan right? Is she wrong? A little bit of both?
I welcome all to comment. Please read the entire editorial first. Feel free to make your point passionately, but in civility... and no ad hominem arguments... substance only please.
I invite all to join the discussion. These matters are important.