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.
Re Brooks' The Pragmatic Leviathan today, I very much disagree with his view that the O admin is pragmatic and non-ideological, but I do think he is right about this:
The American people are not always right, but their basic sense of equilibrium is worthy of the profoundest respect. President Obama has shown himself to be a fine administrator, but he erred in trying to make himself the irreplaceable man in nearly ever sphere of public life. He erred in not sensing that even a pragmatic government could seem imperious and alarming.
If I were President Obama, I would spend the next year showing how government can serve a humble, helpful and supportive role to the central institutions of American life. Even in blue states like Massachusetts, voters want a government that is energetic but limited — a servant, not a leviathan.
Obama is all about Obama.
He has his agenda and all his energy goes toward that agenda.
The actual needs and wants of the American citizens are a distraction to Obama and are only dealt with if they help the agenda.
"President Obama has shown himself to be a fine administrator, but he erred in trying to make himself the irreplaceable man in nearly ever sphere of public life."
A self-contradictory sentence. Being a good administrator/executive is largely about delegating..and establishing accountability for those to whom you have delegated. It's certainly not about making oneself irreplaceable.
Re: Obama shown himself to be a fine Administrator
His centerpiece legislation, healthcare, is in a shambles...Predicted he would save or create 3.5 million jobs while he lost 4 million jobs...Appointed avowed communists Van Jones as green Czar...Appointed pedophile Kevin Jennings as Safe Schools Czar...Who is David Brooks and what planet is he from??? If David Brooks is what passes for intelligentsia, I would rather stick with Joe the Plumber or maybe Doctor Dimento if he is still alive...