… and it gets worldwide context and eschatology into the mix!
As you all know, I’m a Mark Steyn groupie. One of the many things I appreciate about his writing is that he is by far the best at describing something first, then at putting it into meaningful context, as well as pointing out the long-term or deeper implications.
If you read Steyn, you obtain an education in writing, analysis, wit, word use, punning… and you learn an important lesson: nothing is not a moving target. Not history, not people, organizations, towns, cities, states, countries, economies, cultures. Nothing. All are moving somewhere, even if they’re only getting older, which is also simply movement in a direction.
The trick is to predict where things will be in the very near, the near, the not-so-near, and the more distant future. Of course, though, that’s at best an inexact science; anyone can tell you where something will be in the future. Mark Steyn is the most effective at persuading you that he has a real chance at being right.
The other thing he does is to put words to your feelings. What he writes and says you always knew, but hadn’t ever put it into words. You constantly find yourself saying to yourself, “Yeah! Yeah! That’s it! That says exactly what I’ve been thinking or was aware of, right along! I wish I’d said that!” He’s a living, breathing, walking, talking, writing current events superthesaurus.
When you read Steyn, you have the words.
So, what inspired that long introduction?
As I might have mentioned already, it is THE Definitive Analysis of the Presidential Campaign So Far.
In the essay, Steyn skewers current Presidential politics, giving Hillary and Bernie what they both deserve, and giving timorous Republicans, more afraid of political correctness than anything else, what they deserve.
Among a passel of particularly great paragraphs, here’s a particularly greater one:
Hillary, by contrast, is in trouble not because she’s a sleazy, corrupt, cronyist, money-laundering, Saud-kissing liar. Democrats have a strong stomach and boundless tolerance for all of that and wouldn’t care were it not for the fact that she’s a dud and a bore. A “Hillary rally” is a contradiction in terms: the thin, vetted crowd leave more demoralized and depressed than when they went in. To vote for Bernie is to be part of a romance, as it was with Obama. To vote for Hillary is to validate the Clintons’ indestructible sense of their own indispensability – and nothing else. Hillary is a wooden charmless stiff who supposedly has enough money to be carefully managed across the finish line. But that requires Democratic electors to agree to be managed, too, and the Sanders surge is a strong sign that, while they’re relaxed about voting for an unprincipled arrogant phony marinated in ever more malodorous and toxic corruption, they draw the line at such a tedious and charisma-free specimen thereof.
What a shame that only one person on the planet — that I’m aware of — can write like that!