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Superb article here.
I know I’ve got some readers on the right. Talk to me about this.
johann hari, Obama, repbublicans
August 21, 2009
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Interesting article. Cult? Really? Can I be the leader? I’ve always fancied myself the charismatic type. Like Gary Cooper with a beer gut.
Since the election, the left in general and HuffPuff in particular have regularly posted articles about the GOP tailspin, death knell, implosion, extinction-level event, whatever. “Blah-blah further proof that yadda-yadda the Republicans are blah-blah something racist.” I’ll take their logic a step further: not only will the GOP not figure out how to recover, but no conservatives will be born from now on, no new Dems will become disenchanted and switch sides, and existing Republicans will be stricken with Ebola and die en route to the doctor when a piano crashes on their head. Really, guys and gals. Be careful with talk of enduring majorities. I’ve seen it before.
Jonah Goldberg wrote an article for NRO about how some liberals view interaction with conservatives as an anthropological exercise:
Denying evidence cuts both ways. Remember the 9-11 truthers? They were willing to believe anything, no matter how untrue, about Bush. Or the Sarah Palin Down’s Syndrome fake pregnancy? Even when I explained (via my nurse girlfriend) that women over 40 were more likely to have children with Down’s Syndrome, some people just wanted to believe something negative about Palin.
As far as WMDs, my friend in Iraq pointed out that his unit did not find completed weapons, but the ingredients to make them (minus one or two key elements) tended to be warehoused together. Some “unofficial transfer” to Syria? Not been ruled out.
The Great Depression? Of course it required government intervention. The government was the only game in town. Kinda like now. As the economy recovers, President Obama has said there will be less need for government intervention.
Is evolution real? Yes. But, can Hari be any more condescending to people of faith?
Let me paraphrase Rachel Maddow: the only job of the minority party is to lob spitwads at the kids in the front of the class.
Do the spitwads have to have substance? Not really. Remember the fun you once had with President Malaprop & Sith Lord Cheney? So, Hannity can talk about arugula, or dijon, or Grey Poupon (sp) on the president’s burgers. Rush can crack wise with jokes about Vice-President Teleprompter. And Glenn Beck will…well, cry, probably (Really, Mr. Beck. Try to conduct yourself with dignity. There’s no crying in the GOP).
But, sometimes the spitwads can be substantive. It is shameful that President Obama is continuing the DADT tradition of firing Arab linguists whose sole offense is being gay. Mr. President, a majority of Republicans and military officers support repealing DADT. You, the commander-in-chief, could do so with the stroke of a pen. Why don’t you?
Healthcare: we don’t know what’s going to be in the final bill. We know cutting costs is a priority. But what if someone is misdiagnosed? If they need repeated tests, will that be covered? Or will that end up subject to some guy behind a desk. “Insurance companies already ration.” That the best you got? Ok – take everybody out of the decision-making process except the doctor and the patient. We lead the world in medical innovation. Will this bill potentially ossify that innovation through the public option? I don’t think asking these questions is “being cruelly manipulated” into opposing my interests.
For the record, the Blue Dogs are actually doing more to eviscerate Obamacare than my crew:
And the sweetheart deal Billy Tauzin cut with the White House to keep drug prices fixed and forbid cheaper Canadian drugs doesn’t help.
Change Big Pharma can believe in.
Ok, Kris – thanks for letting me rant.
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