When Opportunity Knocks

My latest column is up at AND Magazine!

Here is an excerpt:

 

If President Obama’s method of governance could be summed up in one, concise sentence, it would be Rahm “The Godfather” Emmanuel’s oft-quoted adage: “Never let a crisis go to waste.” These days, conservatives would be wise to heed those words, as well.

Why? Why should conservatives be listening to Rahm Emmanuel? Because of another oft-quoted saying: “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Put these two sayings together, and you pretty much sum up the legacy President Obama is poised to leave. This presents a unique opportunity for advocates of small government.

One more hallmark of the Obama presidency has been one of the longest-running presidential campaigns in the history of the world – since 2008, President Obama has not stopped campaigning, and even after he won re-election he continued his campaign, just pausing long enough to re-name “Obama for America” to “Organizing for America.”

But lately, the president’s ongoing campaign hasn’t been in very good shape. It started with his recent legislative loss on gun control, which failed in the Senate not because of some vast right-wing conspiracy in the form of the NRA’s evil gun lobby, but because too many Democratic senators understand that overreaching federal gun control is extremely unpopular among the American people.

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