Westerns, or at least John Ford Westerns, they would not be the party
of untrammeled freedom and maximum individual choice. They would once
again be the party of community and civic order.
begin every day by reminding themselves of the concrete ways people
build orderly neighborhoods, and how those neighborhoods bind a nation.
They would ask: What threatens Americans’ efforts to build orderly
places to raise their kids? The answers would produce an agenda: the
disruption caused by a boom and bust economy; the fragility of the
American family; the explosion of public and private debt; the wild
swings in energy costs; the fraying of the health care system; the
segmentation of society and the way the ladders of social mobility seem
to be dissolving.