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I haven't made a political post in a long, long time.

I'd make one now, except just thinking about it depresses me. I was not happy about the results of the midterm, needless to say... and I am even less happy, if possible, about this "compromise" that Obama has made with the GOP on taxes. From where I sit, it smells more like capitulation than compromise. Give a lot, get almost nothing.

Obama is the most intelligent president we've had since Jimmy Carter... and, sad to say, he is looking more and more like Jimmy every day. A good man, but not a good leader. At least not so far. He doesn't seem to have the stomach for a fight. We need another FDR, another JFK, another LBJ. NOT Jimmy II. (And, yes, I know, Obama has accomplished some important stuff. But so did Jimmy. Camp David accords, remember?)

Yeats was writing about his own time in "The Second Coming," I know, but sometimes I think he was prescient:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

And could that rough beast whose hour has come round at least be... Sarah Palin?

No, please. Tell me that's just a bad dream. Somebody wake me up.

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abcdelg
Dec. 16th, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)
Re: ummm no
Jefferson a liberal? I guess we have different deffenetions of liberals or either had different history teachers but jefferson always faught for less government and i quote "That government is best which governs least" all modern day domocratic ideals are for a stronger federal government, and as i pointed out Many republicans are just as bad about many of those things, but dems, Obama, and other dems are way worse. America is about working hard to acheive things, but when car companies are about to go under as they should have government swooped with our tax paying dollars and saved them.

Overall I just want to say that small government is the key to America, and about Palin. She has proven time and again that she is smart, and a good buisness woman. Just because she has an accent and doesnt fit in with liberal media doesnt mean she is stupid.

I also would like to apologize for my grammer and spelling lol debating gets me all riled up.

also i love ur books and besides our political views would love to get to kno u or atleast talk to at a book signing one da
m0beus
Dec. 16th, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
Re: ummm no
Jefferson presided over the Lousiana purchase, probaby to this day the greatest proportional exercise of government power in the history of this country. He also signed the Embargo Act, unilaterally controlling essentially the whole economy. He believed in social leveling, as he was against a natural right of inheritance "The portion occupied by an individual ceases to be his when himself ceases to be, and reverts to the society." Reverts to society? Private property? Sounds sort of liberal to me. He also believed in absolute separation of church and state.

He also believed that small-time, steady farmers, rather than wealthy entrepreneurs, were the backbone of society. A far cry from the modern "what's mine is MINE" right wing. He may not have been liberal in the Lyndon Johnson vein, but he could never pass as a conservative today. And above all, he was a pragmatist who believed government should do what it had to.
inizitu
Dec. 16th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
Re: ummm no
Can I just say thank you for disagreeing in a civil manner? Because that doesn't always happen on the internet, and it's nice when it does. =)
indigofan
Dec. 16th, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
Re: ummm no
"That government is best which governs least"

I'd hardly call "governing least" a group who would (for the most part) like to regulate who we marry, when we choose to not carry a child to term, a limit what we teach young adults about responsible sex.

Also, it's not Palin's accent that makes her appear stupid, it's the words coming out of her mouth.
prodigal
Dec. 16th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC)
Re: ummm no
Jefferson produced an edition of the Bible that removed all mention of Jesus being a divine being, and was the one who codified the separation of Church and State into the Constitution. Neither of those are things that conservatives would agree with.

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