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.
No doubt these lies are "for my own good," just like the Obamacare lies. I am sick of an overly-powerful federal government, and sick of the fawning respect it gets from the media. It disgusts me, this culture of branding and pop-culture, high-school, leg-tingling nonsense which has invaded government.
From a good post on Washington DC and it's over-importance and self-importance, Fifty Years after Dallas - In a TV cult like Kennedy’s, there is more than a whiff of Roman decadence.
The real difficulty is that the presidency has come to occupy too large a place in our individual psyches, even as the federal nation-state over which the president presides has come to occupy too large a place in our individual lives. The imperial presidency that had its beginnings in the administrations of the first Roosevelt and Wilson has grown up with the imperial state, a noxious weed that is only too likely to culminate in a kind of Caesarian first magistracy, an office very different from the one the Founders envisioned when they drafted the second article of the Constitution.
As the federal government grows ever more potent, local and regional culture diminish apace; we are left only with national power and the national sanctities. Kennedy, who made the slenderest of marks on the policy of the nation, left the greatest impression on its imaginative life. He had, indeed, an eye for the enchanting symbol. He approved the peculiar logo that is to this day blazoned on the presidential aircraft; he conceived the Medal of Freedom; he laid down the protocols for the pageantry of the modern state visit. What is more, he chose for his mate a brunette of excellent taste who turned the dowdy White House into the most stylish of 20th-century courts, and selected for his (most notable) concubine a platinum blonde who continues to haunt that dream-vision of an America in which Huck Finn, Abe Lincoln, and Betsy Ross (or some such mythical company) are forever laughing and swapping yarns on a raft on the Mississippi.
It is, alas, a spurious dream.
JFK was not much as a president, but he was a pre-Beatles pop-idol for the gals, and he enchanted the media. The only good thing about him was his basic conservatism. Rich and handsome, with good, expensive speech-writers. So what?
A Pompadour and nice suit don't make for good leadership. Even John noticed that as he entered the Oval office.
All politicians know that truth is the first casualty once you enter the Potomac zone. Lying wordsmith presentations by expert omission and slight-o-hand crafting has brought us to this stage. No sense of honesty, being candid, or even truth can survive anyplace near K street and Pennsylvania Avenue.
George might have said he could never tell a lie, but our existing choppers sure can tell gigantic whoppers. Can political figure beyond the local level (city, town, county, etc) be believed in any capacity? Even them?
It gets kind of hard even when your kids notice the lies of even their teachers, but are powerless to attempt correction. I cry not for my country, but for the passed souls whom sacrificed to insure its survival, and for what travesty is committed today on their behalf...
Those lies are "kinda" for your own good. The system is falling apart and they are taping it together behind the scenes, kicking the can down the road. So do you want it to collapse now or later? I'm willing to concede that some of the people who put their faith in Keynesian economics have good intentions but not all of them. I simply can't get past this nagging feeling that some of the Keynesians really know this will fail and are planning for it to fail. I feel a little like many of those on the Titanic must have felt listening to the band play beautiful music to keep everyone calm but yet inside they knew what was happening.
"As the federal government grows ever more potent, local and regional culture diminish apace; we are left only with national power and the national sanctities."
Over the years, the SCOTUS could have acted to preserve the Founders vision of this country, but the Court has capitulated time and again, the most recent perfect example being JohnRobertsCare. A more powerful central government serves to raise the status of the Court and those who sit on the High Court bench. One can well believe there's a built-in incentive for the SCOTUS to allow governing power to shift from the States and from the People to the Federal government.
I'm long past tired of reading arguments that anyone who doesn't want big government must be uninterested in all cooperative human endeavor aimed at improving lives. Andrew Sullivan has some typical garbage this week:
"The optimal moment for successful societies is when the middle class dominates, where political institutions reflect a mass interest in governing the society well, because everyone feels they have a stake (so more people than usual want and need collective success), and because they share some basic commonalities in experience, and so can find a way to compromise."
But as he makes clear later in the article, his idea of compromise is "sharing the wealth." When government gets involved in sharing the wealth, the one thing you can count on is that its efforts will be directed toward taking wealth from enemies and distributing it to friends. In contrast, when free society gets involved in sharing wealth, the focus is on people who actually possess wealth deciding to use it to help other people.