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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. 16th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
Re: ummm no
Liberal meant something different back then. Those folks were all about limited size of government- after all, they had just fought a war against a government that was too darn big for their tastes.

These days, our two ends of the political spectrum are really just two different flavors of statists. Liberals want to tax and spend us to death, and conservatives just want to spend us to death without bothering to tax us first. Both parties revile the other side as being either elitist or unintelligent, depending on their audience.

In other words, the problem with politics is that everyone involved is a politician. Maybe we should elect some people that have real jobs.
Dec. 18th, 2010 09:15 am (UTC)
Re: ummm no
The late great Douglas Adams wrote something similar... to paraphrase; "The problem with modern politics is that the type of person who is actually capable of being elected president should automatically be declared inelligible by default."

Of course, anyone familiar with his works would figure that he was likely stoned out of his mind while he was writing, but that doesn't rule out the possibility that some of his ideas have merrit.


George R.R. Martin
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