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.
"...Dylan gives a ringing endorsement to Mr Obama, the first ever black presidential candidate, claiming he is 'redefining the nature of politics from the ground up'."
Yeah, if you consider "insipid" a matter of "redefining". Well put, Bob.
On the other hand, this comment from the article snapped things into perspective:
"I'm delighted that someone could understand what Bob Dylan says."
I couldn't agree more, so at least the article's got that going for it.
After I get through here, I'm going to pick up my guitar and play "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" for perhaps the 1,000th time, and not once have I ever had the slightest clue what I'm singing about. Dylan was truly a master of his craft.
Over to the side, the liberal Times highlights one particular comment:
"Only the most gnarled cynic, or a member of the Clinton family, could fail to be moved by Barack Obama’s historic triumph"
" . . . won't pay for cancer drugs, but will pay for doctor-assisted suicide."
W-e-l-l . . . separately or together, they support the same end for the Maoists and Greens out there: the reduction of human interference with scarce resources and the environment. What's next, state-assisted birth control? How about benevolent "retirement" of senior citizens?
The Oregon Death plan only goes to the poorest of us. That kind of makes it worse when you think about it. How elitist to ensure that those poor ex-loggers out in the hinterlands (95% of Oregon by land mass) can look forward to some other way besides cigarettes and booze to kill themselves, and how nice of us city folk to pick up the tab.
Gives a whole new meaning to the Tax Me More crowd's lexicon.
This is being pitched as a ringing endorsement of Obama by Dylan, but it doesn't really sound that way to me. He doesn't say he's going to vote for the guy, he doesn't say Obama has good ideas that will bring about the changes he's hoping for. It sounds more like what he's liking is the apparent grassroots nature of the campaign... that it's changes in the relationship between candidates/politicians and voters he's foreseeing.
Also, I've always believed that the only element of the whole Sixties thing (ownership of which Dylan has vigorously disavowed) in which Bob really believed was the civil-rights aspect. For someone who cared enough about the murder of Medgar Evers to write a song about it, just the existence of a serious black presidential candidate has to be a pretty amazing and encouraging thing.