I am finally reading Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France (and am ashamed it's taken this long). I recommend it to any serious conservative. Today I ran across a passage that makes Burke look prophetic. Speaking of the French National Assembly after the beginning of the revolution but long before the Terror or even King Louis was deposed, Burke said this about the members of the Assembly:
Among them, indeed, I saw some of known rank, some of shining talents; but of any practical experience in the state, not one was to be found. The best were only men of theory.
Isn't this a perfect description of the Executive Branch under Obama? Some "shining talents" (if that means academic credentials). But the best of them have no real experience in government or even in the real world. The best of them are people only of theory: and that theory is (as Richard Weaver called it) the "hysterical optimism" of the utopian progressive.
Burke believed in the old wisdom--but it remains true.