Friday, May 05, 2006

Boogie


Don't ask why. I just felt like posting this.

Comments:
Oh, Ted;
I think you and I are the last Americans to have any desire to really try and discuss politics. Sure people got their opinions and ideas, but no one wants to stick their neck out. When I ponder that for a while (it's starting to wear off on me, I guess) I realize that it's not so new. Liberal economist John Kenneth Galbraith's best friend in the whole world was Wm. F. Buckley. One of John Calvin's closest confidants was a Spanish cardinal. The list goes on.

Anyways, the Robert Johnson pitcjer was a nice respite from the rigors pf political babble.
 
I have hated Ted Kennedy's liberal, neo-marxist ways practically all my life. I am glad that he goofed long ago and derailed his presidential potential by drowning an auto passenger one night.

But I also respect and admire Ted Kennedy.

Why?

Ted Kennedy co-sponsored President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act, the most massive federal education funding initiative since LBJ's War on Poverty.

Ted Kennedy said of President Bush's stance on immigration, and I paraphrase: 'I think he gets it.'

Ted Kennedy honestly described Laura Bush's behavior on September 11 (he was with her and others that day). Kennedy said she was inspiring on that insane day, a model of grace under fire.
 
I would concur. While I see Kennedy as not as close to the Marxist paradigm as you might, I agree on our having been better off him not having been president. If Mass. wants him, they can keep him.

When you consider the total realm of political possibilities, from radical to reactionary, American politicians generally don't fall too far away from centrist. Not I said generally. There's always a La Rouche or a Howard Phillips to make things interesting or a populist/socialist like the old mayors of Milwaukee. But even then they aren't on the fringes. American's arent fringe/faction kinda people like you might see in, say, Italy or Spain.

Politics, ugliness and weirdness aside, is a process of discussion and compromise, of genuine concern and responsibility. Sometimes I think the Greek model, where everyone had to serve because it was his duty, would give new life to the process. Probably won't happen, but it was (small scale anyways) efficient.
 
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