Do people make history or does history make people? Was the rise of Napoleon a natural outcome of the French Revolution because all revolutions end in dictatorships, or did Napoleon emerge as a dictator bending history to his will?
If history makes people, we’d see a genuinely conservative candidate emerge in 2012, right? Because conditions for his election are there: a weak incumbent, a restless base and a country ready for change. While we have a few promising conservatives waiting down the line — I’m thinking Rubio and Ryan — they are not ready quite yet. Rich Perry made a mess of his campaign — better luck next time.
Here is King Shamus on not having a Ronald Reagan this time around:
I know that there are no Republicans running for President in 2012 who are even in the same galaxy as President Reagan. Ronaldus Ultra Magnus has been called a once-in-a-lifetime politician. Modern conservatives are starting to see just how painfully singular Reagan really was in America’s history.
But would Ronnie want us to just let Barack Obama win this election and drag the country even further into a statist death-hole? No. Reagan would tell us to do the right thing and vote for the most conservative candidate who can win. Emphasis on ‘vote’.
Also remember Operation Counterweight to keep the next White House occupant in check.
But if the current lack of convincing conservative leadership illustrates the importance of personality in history, it can be a cause for optimism. Someday soon we will have a leader like Reagan again. Lets not screw things up in the meantime.