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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 11:01 am (UTC)
Obama et al
I love that Yates poem, and have felt for some time now that it well describes our current times. I don't think we should harsh on Obama too much, as the "no room for compromise" is one of the evils that Yates speaks of in that poem. Obama was always going to fail because his supporters thought he could make wine out of water, and his detractors were ready to believe anything, no matter how stupid, said about Obama.

On Sarah, I met her back when she was still just a poodunk state Governor. I thought she was smart, personable, and *cough* hot. This thing that calls itself Sarah we see on TV now is a creation of the most evil conspiracy in America....the spin doctors. Someone somewhere decided that conservatives were stupid, and revel in that like pigs in filth. Anyone running for office as a conservative had to prove their loyalty to the movement by demonstrating their own stupidity.

As for drawing comparisons to Cersei....I don't think Sarah is that hot. I do think that with all the idiotic moves by governments around the world the parallel between our favorite fantasy series and real life is the unspoken, unrevealed, conspiracy that push the 7 Kingdoms into crisis. As Tyrion said "We may not be the only wolf in these woods". (George, sorry if I butchered that one, but I am pretty sure it was close).


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