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.
Their candidate of hope, who wooed them with promises that he would immediately abandon Iraq, has predictably veered to the center, backing away from his earlier stance. In his current stance he says we must withdraw carefully. On the left they know he has to say this, but their uncertainty remains. Do they have the audacity to hope he's lying?
What does the Republican Party have to offer these voters? The tried-and-true tax-cut litany is as stale as anything Walter Mondale had to say in 1984. Free-market clichés may suit GOP money men and radio talkers, but they do not satisfy working-class voters for whom the changing economic order undermines family stability.
It is one thing to rail against the Pax Americana. But after the pollsters are gone, the truth of our contemporary order of states endures. We live in a world held by American power – and benevolence. Nothing prettier, or more just, looms over the horizon.
I just found out the term " black hole' is racist. At a official city meeting concerning how tickets are lost a white member said that they were lost in a black hole. Some black members took offence at the statement and asked for an apology, which I don't think they got, thank God. This PC crap is just getting out of hand.
Two Sundays ago a new young (18) man showed up at our church. At the social hour after services he said plainly that he is from another nearby state and is in our town to work for the Obama campaign. This past Sunday he was joined by another young man also working for Obama. Both were friendly and well spoken but Obama was their only topic and they are, as he is, vague about what his actual positions are on anything.
I'm wondering if this is part of a campaign strategy, placing their people in these settings to influence the vote, or if they are actually there for the service. Is anyone else noticing an influx of young Obama supporters from out of state to their church services?
I sometimes download music from iTunes. Once I could get stuff I like for a reasonable price without also buying stuff I don't like for an unreasonable price, I started downloading music. Haven't downloaded any in a few months but there's a list building...
I like iTunes. A steenking buck gets me a song. Can't get much else for a buck anymore. They're a little light on classical but I have most of what I want in that genre anyway.