Yaron Brook often makes an interesting point in his appearances on Front Page with Allen Barton: people don’t learn from experience. Not when it comes to something big and fundamental like statism. Leftists can see their schemes fail over and over, but their confidence in socialism will not be shaken. The members of the “reality-based community” stick to their whims even when reality slaps them in the face. (See James Taggart in Atlas Shrugged.)
Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, has moved from Majority Leader to Minority Leader in the House of Representatives because of the 2010 election. Here is his explanation of the Tea Party movement:
There are a whole lot of people in the Tea Party that I see in these polls who don’t want any compromise. My presumption is they have unhappy families. All of you have been in families: single-parent, two-parents, whatever. Multiple parent and a stepfather. The fact is life is about trying to reach accommodation with one another so we can move forward. That is certainly what democracy is about. So if we are going to move forward compromise is necessary.
Sean Higgins writes,
So, there you have it. The Tea Party movement is not motivated by, as its members claim, record-high levels of spending and debt by the federal government and the possible economic consequences of that. It is not upset by the various federal bailouts of recent years. It is not riled up by a stagnant economy with 9.8% unemployment. No, they go to rallies because it is easier than going home apparently.
Warner Todd Huston notes,
This is the arrogance and cluelessness we are up against, people. According to Hoyer his polices and those of the far, far Democratic left of which he represents under Nancy Pelosi, those polices couldn’t possibly be wrong. You couldn’t possibly have actually cast an informed vote against him. No way. It has to be because you are psychologically damaged by your Mother. You MUST be a mental case.
This quote is just the latest example of the mentality we are up against in the welfare-regulatory state establishment. These people cannot be persuaded or changed; they can only be replaced. It won’t happen overnight.