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.
The danger of Obama’s charismatic healer-redeemer fable lies in the hubris it encourages, the belief that gifted politicians can engender a selfless communitarian solidarity. Such a renovation of our national life would require not only a change in constitutional structure—the current system having been geared to conflict by the Founders, who believed that the clash of private interests helps preserve liberty—but also a change in human nature. Obama’s conviction that it is possible to create a beautiful politics, one in which Americans will selflessly pursue a shared vision of the common good, recalls the belief that Dostoyevsky attributed to the nineteenth-century Russian revolutionists: that, come the revolution, “all men will become righteous in one instant.” The perfection would begin.
In rejecting the Anglo-American politics of limits, Obama revives a political tradition that derives ultimately from Niccolò Machiavelli. In the Discourses on Livy and The Art of War, Machiavelli argued that it is possible to create a communitarian republic like the one whose outlines he glimpsed in Livy’s (highly romanticized) version of Roman history—a polity in which citizens, forsaking their own swinish pursuits, would become happy in the pursuit of a common good. Wise laws, he maintained, would “make citizens love one another.” The virtuous res publica of the Romans could be conjured anew.
Nice post B. What can I say Obambi is nothing more than a snake oil salesman. I am glad that you included a picture of yourself and, Bird Dog. Bird Dog with his hands raised has that expression on his face. "I don't know. I know nothing" and you with that smirk on you're face saying I'm with STUPID. I think Mrs B is a very attractive woman from the post below.
That virtuous Romas res publica held more slaves than citizens, conquered with brutal efficiency, cared miserably for their poor, and had a few other problems to boot. Including Caligula, whose name meant Boot.
"On Faith: Audacity is what it takes to create a better world"
". . . .President Barack Obama has advocated audacity. This boldness can be traced to principles from his religious background. . . ."
". . . .Obama supposes that concrete expressions of care will function as a transforming power for the good. Even when disagreements are irresolvable, the right response is to affirm the value of the others, agree to disagree and organize an effort to proceed nevertheless in the most humane and least harmful manner. . . ."
". . . .Obama shifts the power by focusing on existing needs and prospects for remedies. Creative, genuinely caring responses take precedence. . . ."
". . . .Rather than drawing a line that should or should not be crossed, Obama's line encircles everyone. The audacious give priority to persons and encourage resourcefulness. Hope labors for the good. . . ."
". . . .Wherever else spirituality might be located, the president finds it in the life of every person, a kind of spiritualized democracy. . . ."