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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 02:06 am (UTC)
Two Party Illusion
This whole two party system just feels like a big illusion masking different faces of authoritarianism. On the right you have expanding law enforcement powers at the expense of civil rights, abortion, censorship and basically anything favored by the religious right.

On the left, you have gun control, staunch political correctness, forced schooling, mandatory health insurance with premiums. Now, I can't say I got a bad education from the public school system. Nor am I against public health care. I'm glad they got a bill passed. I just they should make Rupert Murdoch pay for everyone's medical bills.

These days, it feels like the Republicans and Democrats are doing a tag team on our rights as citizens. They each have their agendas and by passing power back and forth, they have an easy scapegoat for their failures: the other side.

I don't think we'll ever have meaningful progress in America until we have multiple parties with political power. Liberals can take the Green Party. Economic conservatives who are socially liberal can go with the Libertarians. Social conservatives can have the Republicans, no one else wants them. And moderates can be Democrats; who seem to be the new Republicans, anyway. It still wouldn't be perfect but I think more parties will force compromise and make it harder for special interests to control the parties.

I admit it, I'm a registered Democrat. But if you're inclined to vote third party, I say go for it! Even though they seldom get into office, third party candidates force R&D candidates to acknowledge issues that otherwise get shouldered. I think its important that we, as citizens and voters, recognize their significance in making social progress.
Dec. 16th, 2010 12:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Two Party Illusion
The other problem in modern day politics is money, and it's only going to get worse because of the Supreme Court's actions. This country needs a Campaign Finance Amendment, or the political situation this country is in is only going to get worse.
Opal [blogspot.com]
Dec. 16th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Two Party Illusion
More than two parties does not work with the "winner takes all" system of one person = one vote. There *are* alternative voting systems, in use in other countries, that are much more fairly representative of voters' preferences. Although the "one person, one vote" system is not written into the constitution, I'm afraid that the American public will not support any change to current practice, since it takes a certain minimum level of education and numeracy to understand alternative systems, for example, where one ranks a number of candidates in order of preference. All in all, we're heading in a very bad direction indeed: the decline of democracy in the U.S.


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