Within Levin's epilogue of Liberty and Tyranny, the actions taken yesterday by the House GOP leadership of Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy are precisely illustrated, near the point of 'prediction', unfortunately to our detriment:
"Republicans seem clueless on how to slow, contain, and reverse the Statist's agenda. They seem to fear returning to first principles, lest they be rejected by the electorate, and so prefer to tinker ineffectively and timidly on the edges. As such, are they not abondoning what they claim to support? If the bulk of the people reject the civil society for the Statist's Utopia, preferring subjugation to citizenship, then the end is near anyway. But even in winning an election, governing without advancing first principles is a hollow victory indeed. Its imprudence is self-evident. This is not the way of the Conservative; it is the way of the neo-Statist -- subservient to a "reality" created by the Statist rather than the reality of unalienable rights granted by the Creator."
If there's anything that I'd add to this statement, it's that I believe the electorate would not reject them for returning to first principles; quite the contrary, the electorate rejects them for NOT doing so! The problem is that they're too busy wanting to be liked, particularly by the media, that fear has overcome true courage and frozen them to inaction. No, this is not leadership at all, and conservatives should absolutely let their representatives know so!