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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. 19th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
Obama is trying "bipartisanship," just like he said he was gonna. We elected the best possible guy to do it; he's smart, he's got some economics cred and he knows his way around the argument. But let's not forget, this "bipartisanship" episode began as an experiment to see if the "culture war" could be put to bed. Evidently, it can't. Now we know.

On the other hand. Whatever Democrat we elect, it seems, we get Clintonian policies. Even when he ran against a Clinton, criticizing her policies, and won on that. The lesson is that it's not the man, it's the committee. Which means just electing the right guy isn't enough and may be a waste of time; reform of the party, if not the two-party system, is what's required.


George R.R. Martin
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