By now it is a nearly hoary adage that liberals seldom
bother to read conservative books or listen to conservative ideas. And, yet, we
are struck anew every time we encounter the startled bemusement of a media type
who encounters an actual conservative thought… and finds it strange and
And so it is with the coverage of a recent speech by Senator Ron
Since his election in November 2010, the Milwaukee Journal
Sentinel has assiduously avoided covering much of what Senator Johnson does and
says, even though he is now the state’s senior senator. So that may explain this blog report from columnist David Umhoefer, who seems genuinely
surprised to unearth a "little noticed" speech in which Senator Ron Johnson says his goal for the federal government was to
"dismantle that beast." This was followed by an equally puzzling utterance:
Government is "not here to solve our problems," Johnson said.
Umhoefer need not have relied on this video to uncover the fact that Johnson
harbors such exotic views.
He could have
spent 10 minutes talking with him.
Or any other conservative since Ronald
Reagan… heck, since Thomas Hobbes wrote Leviathan.
As usual, therefore, you are
better off actually watching what Johnson said than the gloss that a reporter
puts on it: