Byron York writes in the Washington Examiner:
March 28, 2013 | 8:00 pm
Given the enormity of the changes that would result from comprehensive immigration reform, Senate Democrats wouldn`t try to rush a bill through the Judiciary Committee before the public gets a chance to know what`s in it — would they?
In the past few days, even though proposed reform legislation from the so-called Gang of Eight hasn`t even been written, there have been strong indications that that`s exactly what Democrats intend to do.[More]
Reading that, I thought “York is using `enormity` wrong.” Then I thought “No, he isn`t.” This requires some explanation. In correct usage, enormity doesn`t just mean very large, it means very bad.
- The great or extreme scale, seriousness, or extent of something perceived as bad or morally wrong.
- (in neutral use) The large size or scale of something: “the enormity of his intellect”.
Synonyms: atrocity – monstrosity
That`s why Democrats are willing to ram it through, as they did with Obamacare, because once it`s through, Republicans won`t dare repeal it. This is what Margaret Thatcher called the “ratchet effect.”
In a 1996 lecture, she spoke of how
the Left claimed all the arguments of principle, and that all that remained to the Right were the arguments of accountancy — essentially, when and how socialism could be afforded.
It was this fundamental weakness at the heart of Conservatism which ensured that even Conservative politicians regarded themselves as destined merely to manage a steady shift to some kind of Socialist state.[Keith Joseph Memorial Lecture ("Liberty and Limited Government"),January 11, 1996 ]
The Democrats, with the aid of Marco Rubio and his friends on the GOP side, plan to legalize millions of illegals, and after that`s done, they`ll say “Silly conservatives, of course we have to raise taxes!” That`s why it`s both kinds of enormity.