I wonder sometimes whether liberals have taken leave of their senses, not just here in America but around the world. Here is an excerpt from a column by Andrew Johnston in yesterday’s Toronto Star. Johnston, who–appallingly enough–teaches American history at the University of Western Ontario and is a co-director of the university’s Centre for American Studies, was commenting on President Bush’s recent visit to Canada:
The other intellectual wellspring for the neo-conservatives is widely believed to be political philosopher Leo Strauss.
The Bush administration is awash in Straussians (Leon Kass, Zalmay Khalilzad, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Bill Kristol, and Robert Kagan, to name a few) who, among other things, believe that true statesmanship entails overriding constitutional democracy and using Machiavellian instruments of deceit and autocracy to maintain all measure of social inequities.
I assume that liberals don’t actually believe the drivel they write. But what possesses them to write such nonsense with a straight face is beyond me.