It has always irked us when so-called "hard science" majors used to scoff at political science, as if it weren't a science at all.
Those of us who took our fill of polisci courses knew better, of course. While campaigns and governing may be high art, politics itself follows scientific principle better than your average "climate change" model. We've always, in particular, believe that Newton's Laws—and particularly his Third Law—applied directly to politics. The Discovery Channel geeks in our readership will immediately know we're referring to Newton's concept that "for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction."
Well, we believe we are seeing that writ large on the political landscape.
In 2008, Barack Hussein Obama campaigned for office promising "hope" and "change." The thing is, he, and a compliant and complacent media, did little to define that change. Of course, those who paid particular attention to his pronouncements had a good idea—our readers will recall Joe the Plumber's confrontation with Candidate Obama, where he asked him just what the hell he meant by "share the wealth."
Today, more than two years into the Obama Administration, we know exactly what he meant. With the government reaching deeper into our lives, spending at historically-gargantuan levels, and using dangerous budgetary tricks to attempt to cover its tracks, we see the nightmare of Carter Era Big Government returned with a vengeance.
Such a radical shift to the Left could not, possibly, occur without causing just as radical a shift to the Right.
And so it was with November's historic Republican landslide, that netted 63 House seats for the GOP.
Now, in Wisconsin, Ohio, and elsewhere, government-employee unions—the same people that got Obama elected, and immediately profited—are being eviscerated by anti-union measures. We can't imagine any other time in our lifetimes where state governments would have been able to muster the political will to actually strip unions of their collective bargaining "rights."
And now, we see that Atlas Shrugged: The Movie is about to become a reality. Now, while we don't endorse every aspect of Ayn Rand's worldview, the fact that a Hollywood studio has produced a movie version of the uber-capitalist, arch-individualist, anti-collectivist tract is astonishing. What next? A biopic of Milton Friedman?
Regardless, Atlas Shrugged looks pretty compelling. But maybe that's because we always had a crush on Rand's character Dagny Taggart, and just like what Hollywood's done with her:
We expect to offer some analysis of the apparent political demise of Brooklyn Sen. Carl Kruger in the very near future. As one of the "four amigos," along with former Sen. Hiram Monserrate, former Sen. Pedro Espada, and Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., Kruger briefly wielded enormous clout in his conference.
Today, he's being processed by the feds.
Political fortunes are like that.