MINOT, N.D. — There is a litmus test I apply to policy proposals that grow government powers.
Would I be comfortable with people I disagree with wielding that authority?
It’s an important question, though few Americans seek this logic. It’s fashionable, in modern politics, to believe that each election is the definitive election. The one that changes the world. A permanent victory that vanquished our political foes.
It just isn’t so.
In 2009 a newly elected President Barack Obama was busy lording it over Republicans with two words: “I” and “won.” There were serious political minds in the Obama era wondering if Democrats had achieved a permanent majority . If that’s not hubris enough for you, consider that James Carville, the political pundit and Clinton-era political advisor, wrote a book titled, “40 More Years: How the Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation.”