One of the machinations of the Left has been to pretend to a more capacious reading of America, American values, American history, in national politics, and to work to undermine the country at subsidiary levels. In a way, Obama did us a favor in dropping the pretense and revealing the disdain in which he and his fellow leftists hold the ideals of our country, in this case, belief in individual initiative and merit.That's part of a longer meditation on path-dependence and the trendy academic notion of privilege. We await, however, the emergence of cooperation, and business, and comity in politics, under other rules of construction.
IDEAS HAVE CONSEQUENCES.
Carol Iannone summarizes in two sentences the pernicious effect of treating institutions as social constructs, without rules of construction.