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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. 17th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
Actually, the main problem Democrats had was not with moderate Democrats; it was with conservative Democrats, who still exist because of a historical accident. If you ever look at the political platform of a Blue Dog Democrat, you won't see anything liberal anywhere on it. (Not that many of them exist any more, especially after the last election.) You'll see a lot of conservative positions, and at most a few moderate positions. Blue Dogs, for the most part, didn't join the Republican party because a fair number of Southerners still went by the version of the Democratic party that was conservative, and that most people don't think existed after Eisenhower.

The funny thing is, these conservatives got voted out because they got tagged "liberals." At least it wasn't as tragic as when Saxby Chambliss, a guy who got out of serving in Vietnam, won against Max Cleland, a guy who'd served and lost function in all his limbs in Vietnam, by implying that he was a coward who didn't care about terrorism.


George R.R. Martin
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