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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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estelindis
Dec. 17th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
Being Irish, I am quite familiar with the poem quoted. I have no allegiance to any American political party, and thus am not sticking up for Palin per se, but surely calling Palin the Antichrist is a bit much? (Coming as I do from a land where one is all too familiar with the dulcet tones of Ian Paisley proclaiming that the Pope is the Antichrist, I tend to find that making this claim is equivalent to bringing up Nazis as a point of comparison in a debate: the first to do so automatically loses.)

In any case, I think Palin ultimately proved a liability to McCain's presidential campaign. I don't see how she could pose a serious threat to Obama as the main candidate.

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