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recommended reading | gore must run

18 Jun

So says Peter Preston.

Is that possible when climate change is just one “normal” issue among many, to be ceremonially weighed against US jobs or gas prices or Chinese imports? It’s not. But that, with inevitable shades of emphasis, is where every extant presidential candidate stands. Too timid, too slow. Global warming is an utterly abnormal issue that needs a leader all of its own. Gore has fashioned himself as that leader. He can’t just sit there and pontificate. He has to run. And, when he does, the rest of us have to put inconvenient illusions aside and listen.

Obviously I’m rooting for a Democrat in ’08. The Republican rot in the Whitehouse must end, even if the newly installed Democrat leadership in the House and Senate doesn’t seem to have much of an idea. With a Dem in the Whitehouse, the rest of the party will have no excuse. They will have the power to shape the country, not be hamstrung by the separation of powers.

I tend to lean towards Barack Obama. The Illinois senator seems to have a Kennedyesque oratory skill and would breath new life into the US political system. However Gore is the one person who could rock the Hillary/Obama grip on the nomination. Al Gore has the pedigree, the experience, and the calling to be president. And let’s not forget, there would be a divine justice in Gore putting right the many Bush wrongs.

The Politics of Gipper

8 May

I have just finished catching up on the news from the first Republican ’08 presidential nominee debate (yeah, I have been that busy – and you thought blogging was about instant reactions to the breaking news. Shows how wrong you can be, doesn’t it?). The debate was held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.

All ten GOP hopefuls pretty much broke their neck to pay homage to Old Gipper and his politics, and this got me thinking about the dangers and reasons for the Republican Party’s almost religious veneration of The 40th President of The United States of America.

I suppose the first place to start would be the ruinous presidency of the current White House incumbent, George W. Bush. It must be hard to run on a Republican ticket right now. With Bush’s approval ratings similar to those of a prison snitch, it’s nigh on impossible to build on his legacy.

Of course John McCain has it hardest, being so identified as a supporter of the War in Iraq and a defender of the President’s recent surge strategy. Yet, over the last year or so, even McCain has tried to put clear blue water between him and Bush, going on record to describe Donald Rumsfeld as one of the worst Secretaries of Defense in history and himself as a Reaganite Republican.

What Bush has achieved is pretty spectacular. When he took office, Bush ’43 enjoyed GOP control of both Houses of Congress, and was supported by a loyal party base with deep pockets. Now, over halfway through his second term, the Dems control both Houses, he is defined by a failed war, and his domestic reputation is in tatters. For a Republican hopeful, it’s probably politically safer to be caught having full-sex with a chicken, than to be caught praising the President.

Such disillusionment with its own sitting President has forced the Republican Party to look back to better times. During Reagan’s presidency the GOP was defined by economic confidence, low taxes, and an inflexible foreign policy. The Soviet Union represented a unifying threat and a tangible enemy. Compare and contrast this to America’s current nemesis: the nebulous and constantly morphing menace of Islamic-fascism.

A rose-tinted lurching back to the past is also further evidence of the intellectual vacuum that has followed the collapse of Neoconservatism. With violence in Iraq still escalating and the Neocon dream of nation building in disarray, conservatives are without a clear political ideology to pin their hopes to. By hankering back to a more lucid geopolitical landscape, the GOP is proving that it doesn’t have the answers for the problems America faces today.

Ronald Reagan has been raised to a saint-like position in modern Republican folklore. His administration is considered the vanguard of the glory-days of conservatism, a time when being described as a Liberal was considered a slur, and anyone who argued against conservative values was dismissed as godless or un-American. Only a couple of years ago, Bush won his second term as President, and Republican rule seemed dynastical.

Now with The Democratic Party again in the ascendancy, Republican hopefuls are thrashing around for something solid on which to lay their new foundations on. The fact they are looking back to the nineteen eighties, tells you everything you need to know about the House of Bush and the current state of Conservative Politics in America.

Conservatism will have its day in the sun again, but now it is up to a generation of Liberal politicians to provide leadership to a rudderless America. With Conservative politics offering no solutions to the major threats to the US (globalisation, perilous levels of consumer borrowings and terrorism), the Democrats have the opportunity to seize control of The White House and steer America to more prosperous waters.

Carpe Diem, Mr. Obama, Carpe Diem.

Recommended Reading | Only annihilating Iran can save the GOP

6 May

I’m not sure this semi-satirical piece from former Python, Terry Jones, quite hits the mark, but it’s a pointed reminder of the back-story that led to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

FYI… John McCain: BOMB BOMB BOMB IRAN (the next President of the USA?)

The irregular quote of the day

26 Apr

It’s one harvested from Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish, but wonderful nonetheless.

Bruce Fein was Deputy Attorney General under Reagan, and is involved with the conservative movement, the Liberty Coalition. Here he discusses the Bush apologist and ManBearPig, Anne Coulter: –

“Imbeciles like Ann Coulter play to the basest instincts of the conservative movement to give the president a blank check to grab whatever power he wishes… Neither party has shown the courage to assert the power of Congress as a coequal branch of government. Congress should be telling the president it’s not OK to detain people without trials, to grab people off the streets and ‘render’ them to other countries to be tortured, to listen in to our telephone conversations, and to issue signing statements that nullify laws he doesn’t like,”

Reminds me of the John Stuart Mill quotation, “Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are Conservative.” Mr. Fein clearly isn’t an idiot. It’s going to be a great day…

Gonzo Politics

23 Apr

Bush’s Attorney Gen. Alberto Gonzales, testifying before congress: –

Elsewhere… Dahlia Lithwick @ Maybe Alberto Gonzales was brilliant yesterday—and everybody missed it.

Video via: LTA etc.


4 Apr

Isolated or just plain creepy?

Via: wonkette, and TPM Cafe

Colbert: Impeach Bush

25 Mar

The Democrats are a bunch of pussies.