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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.



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.


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