Exchanging emails with John Yoo earlier this week--in its summer issue, the Hoover Digest, which I edit, will publish an article in which John criticizes the Supreme Court's Sibelius decision at greater length than he has been able to do elsewhere--I asked John if he didn't find himself feeling at least a little downcast.
Don't worry. I am always an optimist about the country, no matter the odd twists and turns it takes.
Optimism, John? The economy is in its fourth year of woeful performance, political polarization is intense, rates of illegitimacy continue to soar while school test scores show us continuing to slip behind other industrialized nations in the straightforward task of educating our young, polls show that the most left-wing chief executive in our history is likely to be re-elected, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court just issued a foolish, arrogant, and very nearly incoherent opinion upholding the near socialization of health care.
Optimism? You have far too deep a knowledge of history for rose-colored glasses. Rome fell. Britain passed its zenith and declined. Why should this country prove different?
Optimism, John? But why?