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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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stevewood
Dec. 16th, 2010 10:21 am (UTC)
I just want to mention that life is anarchy by default and it works the best because there is only one person who needs to make a decision and only one person who can immediately put that decision into action.

However, it only works if all life has been sufficiently integrated into the environment and does not cause any harm to any other life...humans have yet to properly integrate and in fact are constantly changing their environment so that it's possible that we will never fully integrate. So, we need government...and the extent and power of that institution depends on how disruptive individual anarchies are to each other.

For the past 100 years we have been growing more and more able to devistate ourselves and others...sometimes without any malace or knowledge that events lead to such damage. I'm making a wild guess, but I believe at least 50% of the people in the world actively try to gain advantage in life by damaging others who are competing for the same resources. If we want to reduce the strength, and cost, of our government institutions then we need to actively find those people that are damaging others and stop them from causing problems.

If we take an active role in governing ourselves and helping others fit into the environment (both physical and social) then our cost of government will decline...no other effort will really do the job. In fact, if we don't take an active role then government costs will most likely continue to increase until we can't afford the freedoms that we are paying such governments for the rights to them...we would have the privilege, but not the means to enjoy those freedoms. A thought which I'm sure many of us have already felt or perhaps feel now.

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