Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Paglia would have a different list of errors than I would. For her the errors are tactical, she decries that they impede the attainment of goals. For me the errors are strategic, I decry the goals and take comfort that the Democrats are less efficient than in their dreams.
In tonight's speech Obama achieved an almost perfect disconnection from reality. The man who hired, or was hired by, Rahm Emanuel called for civility while implying crude threats. He gave lip service to traditional concerns about Federal Power but offered not a shred of analysis that would indicate any standard, either Constitutional, practical or moral, that would give rise to any limitation on the Federal government. He offered those who disagree with him absolutely nothing except a vague consideration of a future reform of the tort system, maybe by considering proposals to be examined by some unnamed future committee.
He hoped to match the impact of Mark Antony at Caesar's funeral that resulted in the mob chasing the reactionary conspirators from Rome. He showed the corpse of Kennedy and spoke lovingly of its wounds. He mentioned the Will or at least a message from the departed endorsing their common vision. He delivered nothing. If you remember, in the play Anthony never actually does read the Will he promises.
Here is a young Brando as Antony.
I am not in favor of term limits. It smacks to much of an admission of incapacity that is incompatible with being a citizen of a sovereign republic. You do not cure an alcohol dependency by asking the bartender to cut you off after 3 drinks but then start serving from another bottle. Otherwise I agree with you and Pascal that we should remember that they are just politicians. Even General Washington had to go to the privy and put his pants on and had a fierce temper but I sure wish he had a man of his caliber again. You are 100% correct about the 17th Amendment needing repeal. That should not simply be something to "even consider" but a priority.
(who warned against politician worship)
Perhaps Paddy Moynihan was like another sainted Liberal, Fiorello Laguardia who said "I don't make many mistakes but when I do it's a beut." The Little Flower was a Republican and a Protestant Italian with a jewish wife. He couldn't miss.
Sep 10, 2009 - 12:05 pm