The Dialectic of Power

William Norman Grigg argues on today that Democrats and Republicans are today engaged in an age-old dialectical pattern, in which “embittered enemies who supposedly represent diametrically opposed principles can wind up mimicking each other even as they seek to annihilate each other.” Rather than being committed to principle, both major parties seem to be considerably more interested in simply getting back at each other. Grigg quotes radio host Rush Limbaugh ranting against the Left in general and Democrats in particular:

If [those on the Left] are going to bastardize the American system, if they are going to make this government large and powerful and intrusive, someday they’re going to lose it…We [the Republicans] will control it…We’re going to use the power of government just like the Left is using the power of government…It’s going to be a bigger, more powerful, stronger government – and we’re going to turn it against the Left in ways they could never have imagined.

Interestingly, Limbaugh has dropped any pretense of supporting limited government and simply claimed that revenge – in the form of big government used against the Democrats – will surely come. As Grigg concludes, “Neither side seeks to de-fang the ‘monster’ …each seeks to be its master and use it to destroy the other,” and so both do little other than expanding power of the state.

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