We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Put another way, geopolitics hates a wienie. So does history.
OK, so is Obama another Jimmy Carter? We get to watch this history unfold before our eyes, and it seems to unfold a quicker these days. My quick take. Not exactly. What we’re seeing is really a more aggressive Carterism.
To return to my original point, where has the pleasure of the text gone? It’s been sublimated into pleasure at one’s own superior ability to wrest unauthorized meaning out of the text by passing it through an ideological meatgrinder. Congratulations! You’re now ready to deliver papers to at any number of conferences with clever titles about “firing the canon.”
Those who prize social unity and order will tend to believe that people’s deepest feelings and beliefs should be accorded respect. But respect for ideas is never an entitlement. It depends on their intellectual resilience in public debate. No free society can treat people’s deepest beliefs as sacrosanct. They are fair game for hostile and derisive criticism. That is how knowledge advances. […]
No one has a right to the protection of feelings. If politics concerns itself with mental states, there is no limit to how far legislation can intrude on people’s lives. The task of progressive politics is to protect liberty, not least by attacking the accumulation of bad ideas. Yet to many on the Left, the individual, inquiring mind is of far less importance than the representation of designated groups.
Somehow the Obama entries made me think of an old story (actually new for me but old according to Bill Bonner @ The Daily Reckoning, from whom i steal this iteration) --about a conversation that took a bad turn.
"A man and his wife were preparing their wills... The woman asks her husband if he would get married again, if she died first.
"'No, I wouldn't want to marry again,' he said.
"'Well, why not?' she answered. 'Don't you like being married?'
"'Then why wouldn't you want to get remarried?'
"'Well...okay...maybe I would get remarried.'
"'But where would you live...would you bring your new wife to our house?'
"'I guess so...it's a nice house...I wouldn't want to move.'
"'You mean...you'd let her drive my car and sleep in my bed?'
"'I don't know...I hadn't thought about it...but, yes...I guess so...why not?'
"'And I suppose you'd even let her use my golf clubs?'
I like that Obama played golf. If North Korea was hoping for some attention and hysteria as they desire, the golf game quashed that and sent a powerful FORE! back to them: 'We're not worried about you idiots. We have it under control.... just wait.'
The good news on NorKo is that any possible military action will be started by Lil Kim. We'll just have to back up the SoKo efforts. But then, they shoot at each other all the time. The last thing we need is O thinking he's W when it comes to conflict.