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.
It all started off with stirring speeches, Greek columns, the thrill of something new. Now all that's left is a presidency adrift, surviving on slogans that already seem tired, grasping at a moment that has already passed, like a ship trying to sail on yesterday's wind.
President Obama was asked not long ago to reflect on any mistakes he might have made. He said, well, "I haven't communicated enough." He said his job is to "tell a story to the American people"- as if that's the whole problem here? He needs to talk more, and we need to be better listeners?
Arguably, a little bit of Toryism in the White House would be less profoundly devastating and destructive than the long reign of Tory blight was for the UK. America is bigger, brasher, less governable than Britain. In Britain the establishment can aspire, and sometimes succeed, to enfold the whole country in a dim and dismal environment of stale, smug consensus. This trick is much harder to pull off in the United States. One could make a cogent argument that the kind of Toryism that largely stifled modern Britain could be less damaging and more helpful over here.
Lost in the easy slander is the fact that while all those blacks along the Gulf coast were "drowning" and the Republicans were attending their convention, Obama was off campaigning in Iowa. Romney is not the president. He is a private citizen. He has no obligation or responsibility to be looking after the situation in Louisiana. If it's anyone's job, it's the effen president's. If any candidate should be down in NO, it should be Obama. It's not as if he had anything more pressing to do on his schedule. So why wasn't the remark directed at him? (That's a rhetorical question, of course. The answer is obvious.)
You know, I'd be satisfied if about all we got out of Romney as President is a leader of America who did not bow to foreign dictators, kings, or emperors, and did not think that constituted "smart diplomacy."