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.
Poll: Obama tied with Palin for 2012. Interesting. She's really something - a celeb pol like the O was - but she is not my candidate. Not yet, anyway, because I have not had the chance to discuss the Federalist Papers with her yet. Our wise but truant poster Roger de Hauteville said that candidates are just figureheads on political ships, and no doubt Sarah makes a good one of those. In a funny kind of way, I think the O knows that he is a figurehead, and not a leader. Which is all for the best.
On Obama and Palin being political figureheads, I've been reading a lot of analysis of this particular administration's penchant for delegating all legislation to Congress and Congress's inability to do what we elected them to do and pass all decision making to the bureaucracy. History has seen this before in the form of the British Admiralty where bureaucratic paralysis was a major factor in the fall of the British Empire - the government became a morass of politics and infighting between departments and nobody could affect outcomes with any sort of clarity. The bureaucracy became the government and served only itself.
You misunderstand. I'm no purist, but that doesn't mean I should hold my tongue when my junior Senator supports what I consider big, bad statist legislation that diminishes our freedom, fergossake. I'm a federalist, subsidiarity kind of gal. ;D
Am persuaded by something a reader said in my comments to the effect that retiring Barney Frank to a Tea Party candidate "would be delicious and perhaps the best strategy to pulling Brown right."
Oh noes, are we getting into Cass Sunstein "nudge" territory here?
"Compromise, hell! That's what has happened to us all down the line - and that's the very cause of our woes. If freedom is right and tyranny is wrong, why should those who believe in freedom treat it as if it were a roll of bologna to be bartered a slice at a time?" --Jesse Helms
Perhaps a reason that people are so cynical is that those who present themselves as leaders are so unworthy of the job.