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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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arthurtonypark
Dec. 17th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
Re: ummm no
Inalienable rights?

What is a 'human right' and what is not differs from place to place and time to time. I would argue that rights are not 'inalienable'. Certainly in my country (Great Britain) we think of healthcare as a right. No politician, no matter how right wing, would ever seriously suggest tearing down our National Health Service.

Perhaps we can all agree that the function of government is to enforce and protect human rights. The argument is about what human rights should be - and it doesn't help if one group or another declares their opinion to be 'inalienable'.

blackrevenant
Dec. 17th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
Re: ummm no
This conversation is about American politics and the United States Constitution. Therein, rights are not granted by the government; they are assumed to exist, inalienable to a human being by right of that person's existence.

I was not declaring my opinion inalienable. I was using the language of John Locke and the Founding Fathers. They describe the rights of man as inherent and inalienable. They cannot be taken away, only violated.

In this context, the idea of health care as a right is in fundamental opposition to those ideals. If rights to ones life and liberty are held to be inviolate, then coercing someone through the governments monopoly on force and imprisonment to give a portion of their life to someone else doesn't hold water in the context of what government is supposed to do.

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