Flashbacks to November 2008, a moment to regain our perspective

In honor of the 4th of July holiday, and because I don’t feel like writing anything today, the FM site presents these flashbacks: 

  1. Fafblog interviews John McCain“, posted at Fafblog, 2 November 2009
  2. A victory notice of Obama’s accension, posted at Fafblog, 5 November 2009
  3. Which of our two political parties is better — a look at their distinguishing features


(1)  Fafblog interviews John McCain“, posted at Fafblog, 2 November 2009

FAFBLOG: First of all I want to say thank you, John McCain, for choosing to give your last major interview before the election right here on our little blog! … Now let’s get right down to it. Why should you be president?

MCCAIN: … Because I know the problems Americans are going through right now. The American people are angry, my friends. They’re hurt. They’ve been beaten by their captors for five and a half years. And they need a leader who’s willing to stop federal tax dollars from going to research harbor seal DNA.

FB: We might lose our jobs and we might lose our homes and we might have to sell our youngest, weakest children to black market organ scavengers for a cardboard box and a can of refried beans, but we’ll always be safe in the knowledge that our taxes aren’t going to further our understanding of marine biology.

MCCAIN: Oh, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg, my friends. Do you realize that federal earmarks last year directed literally thousands of your tax dollars to children’s hospitals? Think about that now! Hospitals! For children!

FB: Now look John McCain, everybody wantsto shut down children’s hospitals, but how’re you really gonna do it what with all the Washington gridlock and the Beltway infighting and the fatcat lobbyists from Big Children? I mean Ronald Reagan promised us he’d destroy the government and twenty years later we’re still stuck with a functioning public sewage system.

MCCAIN: Look, my friends, I can do this. I know how to balance budgets. I know how to win wars. I’ve been pretending to do it for thirty-five years. …

FB: That’s just the kind of mavericky bipartisan maverickness you used to pass sweeping reforms like the Candyland Preservation Act and McCain-Snuffleupagus! So how much will I personally save once you’ve gotten rid of all these earmarks?

MCCAIN: Literally thousands of thousandths of some fraction of a penny. But look, my friends: it’s not about the money. It’s about the principle. And the principle is that it’s wrong, just wrong, to take money from the American taxpayer and spend it on something, unless that something is a series of massive, ever-expanding foreign wars.

FB: That’s so true. It just burns me up inside when I think about how every dollar we’re just throwing away on medicine for poor people could be spent on something truly valuable, like a hundred year war in Iraq.

MCCAIN: Now, now I want to be clear on something. I hate war, my friends. I hate war … {b}ut this war in Iraq is a necessary war. An honorable war. … And without it Saddam Hussein would be free even now to fly pretend airplanes into our fictional buildings with weapons of mass imagination.

FB: None of us will ever forget that day – that terrible, hypothetical day.

MCCAIN: And right now in Iraq we have a, a wonderful general there, General Petraeus. … And the first thing we have to do is let General Petraeus finish the job of securing Iraq for the Iraqi people, a proud and united people, so that it doesn’t fall into the hands of their enemies, the Iraqi people.

FB: Well that sounds good, John McCain, but how do we really get the Iraqis to stand up for themselves against the Iraqis?

MCCAIN: Oh, we already have, by arming the Iraqis to fight back against the Iraqis and make sure they can live in peace without fear of Iraqis. But if we don’t stay and finish the job Iraq will fall to Iraqi influence, and we cannot allow that, my friends. …

FB: Now there’s some crazy people who say we should negotiate with other countries like Iran and Venezuela before we bomb them. Are these crazy people crazy?

MCCAIN: Absolutely. We cannot dignify these countries by meeting with them, because if we meet with them we give the world the impression that we are willing to meet with them, and that just makes our country look like the kind of country that meets with other countries. And where does that lead, my friends?

FB: Disaster, that’s where! …

(2)  Fafblog’s 5 November announcement of the election result


“As of last night, Barack Obama has now become for the first time in American history the very first African-American to be elected Jesus.  Now everything will be better forever HOORAAAAAAY!  Except if you’re gay.”

(3)  Excerpt from Politics of the FM site: radical leftist reformer or right-wing iconoclast? (25 February 2009)

One virtue of the FM site is its clear position about the politics of 21st century America: I stand against them. Choosing a party today is like cattle at the stockyards choosing a pen. They (being smarter than us) don’t bother with party identification. They don’t cheer the “left-side” pen: the virtue of its prisoners, the beauty of the fence, the free food. Those in the “right-side” pen don’t wear logos or bumper-stickers, or trumpet their superior intelligence over those in the left pen.


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To read other articles about these things, see the FM reference page on the right side menu bar. Of esp relevance to this topic:

Some posts about American politics:

  1. About campaigns for high office in America – we always expect a better result from the same process, 17 June 2009

Posts about the election and the McCain-Palin ticket

  1. Why McCain will lose the election, 1 July 2008
  2. McCain believes we are stupid. Is he correct?, 30 August 2008 — What does choosing Palin say about McCain?  Esp note the intense discussion in the comments.
  3. Alaska is near Russia, and Gov Palin’s other foreign policy experience, 1 September 2008
  4. It’s is not just McCain who believes we’re dumb – it’s a crowd, 3 September 2008
  5. Governor Palin as an archetype for our time, 9 September 2008
  6. Before we reignite the cold war, what happened in Georgia?, 12 September 2008 — Notes from Palin’s first interview.
  7. Stratfor says that our war in Pakistan grows hotter; Palin seems OK with that, 12 September 2008 — More from the ABC interview.
  8. Campaign Update – news from the front, 25 September 2008 — Includes part 1 of Couric’s interview of Palin.
  9. Gov Palin speaks about foreign policy, 26 September 2008 — Part 2 of Couric’s interview.
  10. What happens to the Republican Party after the election?, 2 November 2008
  11. Conservative reflections about America – starting to use their time in the wilderness to think, 15 November 2008
  12. Liberal reflections on the causes of the Republicans’ defeat at the polls, 16 November 2008
  13. A comment about “turkey-gate”, 23 November 2008

3 thoughts on “Flashbacks to November 2008, a moment to regain our perspective”

  1. Thanks for the comic relief. Fafblog is a great example of the power of satire to cut through bullshit to get to the essence of a thing. Humor operates via gestalt perception and as such can achieve much higher information density than linear, declarative prose.

    Also worth checking out is his most recent post about the Iraq withdrawal. Happy 4th!
    From Fafblog, 1 July 2009: “Another Bold Victory in the War on People

    This week the United States moved ever closer to completing its daring humanitarian mission in Iraq: to slowly and grudgingly leave the country, after paying local residents not to kill them, after spending a very long time killing those residents by any means possible, after failing to recruit those residents to work for them, after invading their country and destroying its infrastructure. And to think they said it couldn’t be done.

    Were lives lost? Of course. Were cities razed, flesh burned with poison gas, families slaughtered and children raped? Naturally. But one can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs, burning the crockery, setting the kitchen on fire, firebombing the restaurant and summarily executing the survivors. And lest we forget, the cause for which America launched this war was a good and noble one. For although the war neither made America safe nor Iraq free, it did address one critical problem: the apparent existence of some one million surplus human beings living in that nation, which the United States, in its capacity as the forthright leader of the Free World, quickly recognized and sought to correct.

    As America’s work in Iraq gradually draws to a close, we now turn to the problem of too many Afghans living in Afghanistan, the crisis of a Pakistan menaced by hordes of Pakistanis, and the dire encroachment of Iranians on the nation of Iran. We can only hope that the same wisdom that has made America such an enormous force for good in the world will continue to guide its hand.

  2. You said that the dominant philosophies at the end of the Roman empire reflected their resignation. Fafblog is wonderful, I remember being annoyed by it’s long hiatus, however reading it I have to wonder, where the Romans had Stoicism, Epicureanism, Hedonism, and Christianity do we have Irony, Surrealism, Hedonism and Scientology?

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