‘The time for debate is over’

Reading Heritage Action for America’s response to President Obama’s speech today on the upcoming expiration of the Highway Transportation bill, I’m reminded of a comment from a Carolina Journal Radio/CarolinaJournal.tv interview with Jonah Goldberg:

When you hear people like Barack Obama saying, “I don’t want to hear any talk from people I disagree with,” or when you hear people like Al Gore say, “The time for debate is over,” well, screw you. This is a democracy, and in a democracy the time for debate is never over. There’s a yearning out there for us to get past partisanship and past our philosophical differences and our ideological divide and all the rest. What I would ask people to listen for when they hear that — when they hear this post-partisan nonsense — ask yourself, have you ever heard somebody say, “We really need to move beyond these ideological labels, move beyond this philosophical divide, so, therefore, I’m going to abandon all of my principles and agree with you”? No one ever says that. They only say that when they want you to shut up and get with their program.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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