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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 12:49 pm (UTC)
The only hope this country has....
is Ron Paul.

He is the only honest politician we have left. You can't tell me that Bush or Obama are good people after reading some of the stuff on Wikileaks. We have a secretive government that does what it wants and hides the things that make it look bad. Obama ran on a platform of getting us out of two wars, yet all I've seen is him following the same plans that Bush had. And now we hear more talk of war with Iran and North Korea.

But none of this is going to matter until we get control of our money. As long as the secretive Federal Reserve is printing money and giving it out to anyone that want, with no oversight and in secrecy, we are eventually going to destroy the dollar (it's almost there now) and the United States, as we know it today, will cease to exist. Superpowers throughout history have not been overthrown by military force (or terrorism). They have all been destroyed from the inside economically. We are heading down that same path. Ron Paul understands this, and has been fighting to open up the secrets of, and eventually bring an end to, the Federal Reserve. Central Banking and Keynesian economics are what put us in this mess, and they are only making it worse by trying to fix it. And all they do is print money and cause inflation. We live with inflation as if it is something that just is. But it doesn't have to be. Inflation is an increase in the money supply, and as you get more of something, it becomes worth less. And the Fed keeps printing more money every year.

Both sides are the same any more. Republicans or Democrats, they are all the same. All they do is spend our money on wasteful government programs and pet projects, and we are being left with the bill. More and more people are starting to wake up to the realization that neither "party" is going to save this country. We need to elect individuals who truly believe in an honest, open, non-interventionist, free-market society that defends the liberties of the people. And no, Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney are not those people. They will continue to do the same things we are doing, while talking about how we need to cut spending.

So while I totally disagree with you on politics, I still love the books, and I can't wait for the series on HBO!!!
Dec. 19th, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)
Re: The only hope this country has....
Well said.


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