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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 09:10 pm (UTC)
Take a deep breath?
Politics, like religion, is flawed because we are flawed...yet I am still religious. What I mean to say is, Mankind is flawed. Point to a perfect person, and another will find the part of them that escapes polish. Point to a perfect political idea or agenda, and another will be able to point out its flaws in one or many situations, either hypothetical or currently relevant. We have to make do with what we have, when we have it, and we give our voice to those we hope will carry it truthfully. We can debate for as long as we want, because there will ALWAYS be something to debate over. This is not necessarily a bad thing; it keeps us thinking and it keeps us involved. But nothing will change for the better--no matter which political side holds the current seat of power--until we take a deep breath and come to terms with the fact that we need to point our finger upward and onward, rather than at each other...in my opinion at least.


George R.R. Martin
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