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Wednesday, October 21. 2009
They are looking to make enemies, and that is a poor strategy. I think it's like Nixon's Enemies List.
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News Flash: Harry Reid just lost a 'test vote' --13 Dems voted 'nay' --unexpected. This was some issue about doctors and senior care --amounted to a raid on MD's income.
No big deal. He plans to 'vaporize' the opposition in Nevada.
Harry Reid makes Andy Rooney look like Mr. Rogers.
meta, that doesn't make any sense. You might as well say he makes dagwood bumstead look like fred mertz. or gene wilder like marty feldman. or doris day like patti page. or jorge santiago lopez like miguel emiliano gomez-portillo de la nuestra capistrano.
Richard Nixon came by his paranoia honestly -- he really did have a long list of enemies. There were politicians and journalists who despised him personally and used everything they could find or dream up to harm him politically. They also enjoyed attacking him personally. Talk about wanting someone to fail -- we would next see the like when George W Bush began succeeding.
Barack Obama has some people who dislike him personally. He has far more who disagree with him because we think his agenda will damage America and cost all of us. Obama has the fawning press and progressive leadership around the world to feed his ego: Richard Nixon had only his own personality.
A great irony of Obama's plan is that the poor, who are disproportionately minority people, will suffer the most as he trashes the economy. It's what always happens. When you topple the rich, the wreckage lands on the poor. And the rich get up a lot faster.
Bird Dog ... It's hard to understand Chicago-style politics unless you've lived there, but we [Americans] made the mistake of importing a whole nest of people who were raised in and functioned and flourished in that Tammany Hall atmosphere, and really don't know any other way to do business.
Paranoia is part of it. Entrenched corruption is another part. And the group that's in power has been in power at least as long as I've been alive [and we all know how long that is]. In some ways, it resembles the Sicilian Mafia, which has tentacles throughout Sicily and southern Italy in every part of its functioning. The thing about the Italy parallel is that with Italy, you have to factor in the Resorgimento, and how relatively recent that was, in historical terms. Before the Resorgimento, Italy was a loose assemblage of city-states some of which hated each other, and most of which had their own Mafias.
Yes, America is an assemblage of regions too -- the Southeast, the Northeast, the Middle West, the Northwest, the Southwest, etc., but these regions were a pretty yeasty bunch, being constantly stirred up by influxes of bunches of Americans moving around within the country. Many of the cities in our country have their own brand of organized outlaw underclass, but I contend that Chicago has one of the most deeply seated and successfully operating outlaw underclasses in the country.
I suspect that in the coming years, when the full picture of the Obama campaign and presidency is revealed, we're going to find that it is unique in our country for its level of deliberate, determined corruption from the get-go. And directed from within the Administration.
Since I'm 81 now, and getting creakier, I probably won't ever know if I was right.
My Dad's 85th this Sunday in Mass. He uses a cane now. We won't let him drive the tractor because his vision is so lousy. Brain still as cantakerous, knowledgeable, and difficult as ever. An old Harvard guy.
Creakier...crankier? Whatever you are, you nailed it, Marianne. Chicago IS made up of a different breed. I've lived here my entire life and why anyone got sucked in by the Obama/Emanuel/Axelrod/Daley nonsense is beyond me. City states = aldermanic districts. Now it's legitimate. The republic has elected him/them.
My downstate Illinois grandfather said very little about politics, perhaps because his father treated discussion of politics as another form of war. While grandfather was not wishy-washy in his opinions, he saw no need to recreate the Thirty Years' War atmosphere my great-grandfather relished.
But my grandfather did on occasion reveal his loathing of the Chicago machine.
Like Marianne says, it's been going on for a long time.
Bird Dog -- Give him best wishes on his birthday from an equally cantankerous old Harvard girl, will you? I use a cane too. Fortunately, I took fencing in college, so it can on occasion be used as a weapon.
The difference in Nixon and Obama is that Nixon couldn't sleep at night. By far, Obama is the more dangerous.
Obama has one network questioning him. Nixon was in defense mode. Rham is about domination. They live in a world where corruption is somehow seen as noble. ACORN boss bailing out his brother said "what kind of brother would I be if I did nothing?"
I am sure Stalin, Castro and Chavez convinced themselves of their noble nature. Chivalrous corruption is a term I came up with when I lived in Louisiana. They expected their politicians to be corrupt. When they also did good for the poor they were exalted to nobility status. Thus when you call out the Obama-ites on their corruption they smirk at you. Because everyone is corrupt in their minds. The only difference is whether you also help the poor.
So, who's next on Obama's enemies list ? The Cub Scouts maybe ? Girl Scouts ? This man has dishonored the United States, and the office of president of the United States enough. What a bunch of creeps.
Fort Knox. They'll want to move it to Chicago for "safekeeping".
DaveinPhoenix ... I suspect that next on Obama's priority list is building up his 'civilian militia,' which will appear in our neighborhoods in time for the census taking, bolstered by the thugs from SEIU and ACORN.
When the performance reaches your house, I advise courteous, principled resistance. Don't let those folks into the house. Doorsteps or covered porches are plenty good enough. Answer a minimum of their questions [they don't need to know the square footage of your house, the numbers of bathrooms or any other sign of civilized opulence.] They definitely don't need to know your Social Security number, if you own a gun/guns, your bank account and credit card numbers or any other personal information that can be used to steal your identity or harass you. If you're my age, you can pretend to be charmingly vague, as my lawyer advised me to do. But the US Constitution mandates that you give a truthful account of how many people live in your house. And that's all. Somehow or other, over the years, the census takers have developed a 6 page list of questions to ask us. Don't answer it.
MM, here's the tool:
(BTW, meant to remark on your reminiscence re Leonard Bernstein on the "Ode to Freedom" thread MM, you should write an autobio --your combination of expressiveness, experiences and sense of the significance thereof --why, you're a "natural"!)
The lines are drawn, the battle is joined, and it becoming more and more apparent that this is going to be a fight to the finish. "What a long, strange trip it has been..." as that renowned 20th C philosopher, Jerry Garcia, so memorably penned. Before it's over, the second decade of the 21st C is shaping up to make the '60's look like an era of relative peace and tranquility.