Wherein Whittle puts his finger on the rot that caused the disaster, yesterday.
He explains that what happened is a result of a trend that has resulted in a reduction of the fundamental health of the country. The form of government that we love as conservatives and feel slipping away from us, boils down to one thing, he says, and one thing only: the entire premise of limited government must be based on a virtuous people – decent hard working people have internal restraints on their behavior.
The fact that people live their entire lives without going to work, dependent upon those entitlements means that 50% of the population is lacking fundamental virtues as we understand the word, classically. 50% are happy to raid the treasury – the pot of intellectual and financial and cultural and spiritual wealth for the past 50 years now and “we’re out of this stuff.”
Those people now outnumber us.
Like me, he doesn’t have a problem with a safety net, but not a safety hammock that a non virtuous people will take advantage of their entire lives.
Listen, as he hashes out his thoughts – most of which, I’m sure you’ll agree.
This is long – but well worth listening to. His solution is for conservatives to build a parallel construct where virtuous producers are willing to spend twice for receive goods and services that they need in life – including a national academy in lieu of the public school system..