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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.



Opal [blogspot.com]
Dec. 16th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Two Party Illusion
More than two parties does not work with the "winner takes all" system of one person = one vote. There *are* alternative voting systems, in use in other countries, that are much more fairly representative of voters' preferences. Although the "one person, one vote" system is not written into the constitution, I'm afraid that the American public will not support any change to current practice, since it takes a certain minimum level of education and numeracy to understand alternative systems, for example, where one ranks a number of candidates in order of preference. All in all, we're heading in a very bad direction indeed: the decline of democracy in the U.S.


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