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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 08:02 am (UTC)
Re: ummm no
>>No one really seems to be in favor of limited government except the Libertarians...

No one... except the Tea Party, who, you know, just took over a big fraction of the Republican Party back from the Big Government Conservatives that were established under GWB's reign.

The big change will come in 2012, when and if Tea Party candidates send enough delegates to the Convention to change the party platform to support smaller government. With the McCain crowd running things till then, you're not likely to see much change other than what the freshmen congressmen might be able to do.

In any event, I had another post talking about the difference between classical liberalism (which focused on freedom from government intrusion) and progressive liberalism (which focuses on using the government to solve problems) and how they're mostly incompatible concepts, but I think other posters on here have covered that enough.


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