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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 02:04 am (UTC)
Re: ummm no
Really? The left being pro personal freedom?

I say this as a libertarian, by the way.

The right to work? The right to bear arms? Various economic freedoms. The right to personal property? (see kelo vs. new london). You might find more pro marijuana people on the left, but Davis in california was against it and Ron Paul is for it so that one isn't very cut and dry. School vouchers? School of choice? Charter schools? Wasn't it Mrs. Gore who went after video games? Which side is pushing various laws and limits on what people eat? Which side is against economic freedoms like where you can open a restaurant in LA? Which side pushes things like campus speech codes?

Don't get me wrong, Republicans have a whole slew of antifreedom initiatives too, the social conservative ones. Gay marriage being the obvious one. On the other hand the gay marriage ban in California was voted FOR by the same electorate than put Obama into office. Read into that what you will.

I'm sorry, I cannot reconcile that people who believe in a large statist society, even some being socialist, would be the standard bearers for personal freedom. You can't get freedom from big government, only when government is limited can freedom be guaranteed.

I wish the Libertarians were successful so I could just vote for them, but I can't, so I have to choose. I trust in the supreme court and the states to keep my social freedoms safe, and I tend to vote Republican to keep my economic freedoms safe too.


George R.R. Martin
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