‘They Won’t Care Till They’re Affected’
By Peggy Noonan
Look, we are in a remarkable moment and I’m not sure we’re noticing it in the day-to-day of politics and media. Last week I wrote of the new patriotism that I see taking hold of the American establishment, if that’s the right word — business leaders, doctors, scientists, entrepreneurs, journalists and lawyers who find themselves feeling a great, deep yearning to help save their country. That public-spiritedness is waiting to be harnessed and led by good men and women who, in words I’ll explain in a moment, have passion not for themselves but for America.
What’s behind it is fear. The economy is tanking and can take a whole world with it. But what’s interesting — and new — is that the fear is not finding its expression (again, among those loosely described as the establishment) in rage, or in deeper partisan antagonism.