Columnist Margaret Carlson reports on a new project called Unity08. It is a internet-based initiative to reform the US primary system. The idea is that there will be a Web site where people who wish to partake vote for a nominee for president. It is supposed to be bipartisan. So, if a person wants to run for president under the Unity08 ticket, they have to have a running mate from the opposite party. This way there will be a moderate candidate running for president who wasn’t nominated in Iowa.
Unity08 is the brainchild of Hamilton Jordan and Gerald Rafshoon, who know how to roll a rock uphill. They upset conventional wisdom in 1976 to elect an unknown peanut farmer turned Georgia governor, Jimmy Carter. They are joined by Republican Doug Bailey, who worked for President Gerald Ford before founding “The Hotline,” a must-read daily online summary of everything political.
Also on board is the former governor of Maine, Angus King, who ran as an independent, and a bunch of energetic college kids, led by student council presidents from Yale and the University of North Carolina. In its brief existence, the kid brigade has signed up 23 colleges.
Dustin Ingalls has informed me that Allred is not part of this group. So, it looks like Carlson got her facts wrong. But, whoever the UNC student is that is taking part in this project, I have to comment. No, this is not pure Leftist propaganda or advocating the derecognition of more Christian groups, but I have to point out what’s wrong with this initiative.
It’s the same old pessimistic attitude that is promulgated by “moderates” who think they are “open minded.” They continually tell us how the American system is broken and why John McCain is the greatest man alive because they want “consensus.”
Well I don’t want “consensus” for the sake of “consensus.” And neither did the founders. Read Federalist 10 and tell me how Madison would feel about this modern notion of “consensus.” I don’t think he would care for it.
Blind consensus leads to mass hysteria over such myths as human induced global warming and catastophic acid rain and mass condemnation of those with dissenting opinions.