Why didn't you think of the celery stalk analogy, Mr. Moran? Look at your blog: you're from a nuthouse:
But Palinites are universal resenters. I don't think I'd go quite so far as Taibbi and bring race into the picture, but clearly these are "traditional Americans" who see the country changing politically, demographically, ethnically and are very uncomfortable about it. Palin, by speaking to their fears on a gut level, offers a refuge of sorts from the storm; reassuring those who need it that they are not alone, that there are others who share their fears.Let's work on the list:
- Politically - Progressives have legislated their way around the Constitution for a century. If you've noticed, and maybe you have not, there has been a 12 TRILLION DOLLAR BILL racked up. It's theft. Should we 'resent' evil? Should we say 'two tears in a bucket' and play through, hoping we die of old age before the crash? Should we write air-headed blog posts decrying the locution of someone, anyone, who happens to command the political capital to DO SOMETHING about it, potentially?
- Demographically - I can't even hazard a guess what you might mean here, Mr. Moran. But you've deployed an important sounding word, so I guess that makes you important. The people who seem freaked out about the demographics, if we mean the census next year, appear to be the left. They understand that an honest read of people fleeing confiscatory taxation in blue states are going to diminish the power of CA and NY, for example. Hence the need to position the books near the microwave, for easy cooking, so to speak.
- Ethnically - Is this a stealth race card play? The starboard blogosphere supports the gamut of genetic expression, AFAICT. Is this your way of slipping in a little hint of non-falsifiability, so that you can continue to write cheesy little posts about how the best of others falls short of your 'good enough'?
How convenient of you to dismiss legitimate concerns as "fears". We have observed US politics as pure circus in the 111th Congress. Fine, argue that this is business as usual, but the fact is that the people are now paying attention. You can argue that the people have been asleep at the switch for a century. I'll give you that. However, the Congress works for the people, not the reverse. Labeling the popular dismay at the litany of un-representative moves undertaken by the Congress and Administration "their fears" seems, cheap, condescending, and in keeping with your usual style, Mr. Moran. Why are you such an apologist for what would likely be a full-on tyranny, had it greater competence?
Back you your post, Mr. Moran:
They will tell you it's all about "socialism" but these same folks didn't seem to mind much when Bush pushed the prescription drug benefit, or the huge federal interference in education represented by the No Child Left Behind legislation. If Bush had gotten half the resistance on NCLB as these folks are giving the Democrats on health care, the education monstrosity would have died in committee.Does history exist for you prior to Bush43, Mr. Moran? At the age of 40, I can tell you that I was too busy being a squid, supporting and defending the Constitution, and placing excessive faith in my elected leadership until about age 35. Since then, after getting online and paying more attention to politics, and especially after the watershed event of Liberal Fascism, I've been studying the history of the decline of the three-branch, three-tier system of government in this country.
Fine, throw Bush43 under the bus, and Bush41 with him. But will you please apply your intellect to the deleterious effect of all of the legislation--entitlements, Community Reinvestment Act, etc., going back to the 16th Amendment, that short-circuit our Constitutional system? We've bought a momentary, unsustainable societal buzz at the expense of crushing debt, debased institutions, and the modern equivalent of aristocracy.
And you, Mr. Moran, seem to be strangely comfortable with this, posting superficially critical pieces, and supporting various GOP apparatchiks who are going to make appealing noises, while feeding the Federal beast. The problem isn't Democrat, Republican, Barack Obama or George W. Bush. The problem is the century of Progressive panem et circenses that must be rejected at all costs. Your calls for moderation are tantamount to a heroin addict confining the injections to the hours of noon to midnight. We need to get off the junk or just enjoy blowing the top of our collectivist head off. To tweak Nietzsche, socialism is the opiate of the bureaucracy, but addiction lacks middle ground.