Rubio will not restore the old. It doesn’t work that way. The Beatles have landed and they landed Thursday at a filibuster by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. The generations do not change by scraping the moss off the geriatric set. They begin the world again; it is not a preservation league, it is metamorphosis. And Mitt Romney, like Jeb Bush, could not possibly understand.
Because they are not warriors. Romney is a man whose will is stronger than his faith. It is an enormous will but doesn’t know where to turn or when to stop. It is a will that destroys faith, destroys truth and blocks the path to new awakenings. It is a will that wears masks and drives relentlessly in the same direction and finds only sickness in “the returning and rest” that my Book of Common Prayer — the old contraband edition — claims will bring salvation.
And that is the lesson of being 66 for Romney, for Bill and Hillary. It is time to turn around for our own salvation, lest we remain despised at the end. For the disregarded and left behind, poisonous and vengeful after paying for the football themselves and restored the old athletic field out of their own pocket, always lead into the fatal end game.
The politics of Romney and Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is intramural sport; they are the Ford guys and the Chevy guys of a long Hamiltonian tradition of American nationalism and globalism. What Rand Paul, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, Utah Sen. Mike Lee, South Carolina Sen.Tim Scott and a few others bring is a new vision that might be called — to coin a phrase — “Federalism.” Like Andrew Jackson, Rand Paul and company bring an awakening to the heartland. Like Jefferson, this new generation awakens again states rights, sound money and constitutional government. Or as the Daily Paul puts it more elegantly: “Peace. Gold. Liberty.”