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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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decarlso2000
Dec. 17th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
Re: ummm no
While I agree that the whole idea of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness does not include health care, I disagree that only these things are the purview of the government. Roads, for example, are something which it would be very difficult to put together without governments. Fulfillment of contracts is another example...if I agree to deliver you goods for payment, but after delivering said goods, you refuse payment, then under your argument, the government should do nothing, as my life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness hasn't been infringed. However, under this scenario, the whole economy would collapse and that would generally be regarded as a bad thing for everybody.
blackrevenant
Dec. 17th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
Re: ummm no
Bear in mind that "pursuit of happiness" is a very fancy way of saying one's right to make a living for themselves, not necessarily chasing down a state of mind of being.

For the example you have listed regarding contract enforcement, the Lockian ideal of government protected life, liberty, and property applies. If someone takes something without paying for it, it's called theft. Enforcing laws against that is certainly the government protecting ones right to property.
haggis_bagpipes
Jan. 30th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
Re: ummm no
Something in this makes me realise that defending personal rights ultimately defends the corrupt people that harbor the principles which are at the root of the problem. They are the people who benefit most from the current system, so defending the rights of all people ultimately defends them the most.

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