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The American public is organizing and getting involved! Are we happy now?

Please help me make sense of this.  After writing a few dozen posts about the need for the citizens of America to become more active, it looks like success at last!  Should I be happy?

The good news:  more citizen involvement!  Excerpts from these appear at the end of this post.

  1. Remember when protest was patriotic?“, Glenn Harlan Reynolds, op-ed in the Washington Examiner, 8 August 2009
  2. ‘You Are Terrifying Us’“, Peggy Noonan, op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, 8 August 2009

The bad news:  we’re often ignorant — or indulge in willful self-deception — about so many aspects of our government.  As seen in this question:

Surely the oddest thing about the town hall protests is the number of elderly screaming at the top of their lungs about euthanasia, eugenics–by far the largest contingent. These folks have single-payer health care paid for by the government, and have had it for decades. It’s called Medicare. Yet somehow, they vehemently want to deny it to everyone under 65. What’s up with that?
— From Andrew Sullivan’s blog

Don’t forget Tricare and the Veteran’s Health Administration, which along with Medicare are 3 of the 4 major governmen-run medical programs (plus Medicaid).

In other pockets of the state, the reaction to Democratic proposals has been strong, too. At a recent town-hall meeting in suburban Simpsonville, a man stood up and told Rep. Robert Inglis (R-S.C.) to “keep your government hands off my Medicare.”

“I had to politely explain that, ‘Actually, sir, your health care is being provided by the government,’ ” Inglis recalled. “But he wasn’t having any of it.”
Washington Post

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A lesson for America – and an inspiration

Some institutions still work in America.  They should inspire us, and their example copied.  As seen in this excerpt from “A Tragedy of Errors, and an Accounting”, Peggy Noonan, op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, 6 March 2009.  No nation is finished when it has institutions that operate like this, with senior people taking responsibility for its actions.

It’s Dec. 8, 2008, 11:11 a.m., and a young Marine pilot takes off from an aircraft carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln, on a routine training flight. The carrier is maybe 90 miles southwest of San Diego. Lt. Dan Neubauer is flying an F/A-18 Hornet. Minutes into the flight, he notices low oil pressure in one of the two engines. He shuts it down. Then the light shows low fuel for the other engine. He’s talking to air traffic control and given options and suggestions on where to make an emergency landing. He can go to the naval air station at North Island, the route to which takes him over San Diego Bay, or he can go to the Marine air station at Miramar, with which he is more familiar, but which takes him over heavily populated land. He goes for Miramar. The second engine flames out. About three miles from the runway, the electrical system dies. Lt. Neubauer tries to aim the jet toward a canyon, and ejects at what all seem to agree is the last possible moment.

The jet crashed nose down in the University City neighborhood of San Diego, hitting two homes and damaging three. Four people, all members of a Korean immigrant family, were killed-36-year-old Youngmi Lee; her daughters, Grace, 15 months, and Rachel, 2 months, and her 60-year-old mother, Seokim Kim.

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Why McCain will lose the election

I believe McCain will lose to Obama for two reasons.

First, many Republicans do not like him — and vice versa.  I cannot recall another Presidential candidate so out of synch with his Party’s base.

Second, he does not want the job with the intensity necessary to win this most intense of personal contests.  The way we select our Presidents is deeply irrational, almost guaranteeing the winner is unsuited for the job.  It requires a maniacal drive to win, and I doubt he has it. 

Peggy Noonan is IMO one of the most experienced and insightful political commentators working today.  She’s an intuitive genius.  Here she looks at John McCain.

Let McCain Be McCain“, Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal columnist, 27 June 2008 — Excerpt:

His {McCain’s} campaign is still not in great shape, his advance operation is not sharp — the one thing Republicans always used to know how to do! — he has many aides and few peers, and aides so doofuslike they blithely talk about the partisan impact of terror attacks.

And there is another problem that is bigger than all of that, and he is going to have to think himself through it. And that is that there is a sense about his campaign that John McCain has already got what he wanted, he got what he needed, which was to be top dog in the Republican Party, the party that had abused him in 2000 and cast him aside.  They all bow to him now, and he doesn’t need anything else.  He doesn’t need the presidency.  He got what he wanted.  So now he can coast.

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American history changes direction as the baton passes between our political parties

In 1932 the baton passed to the Democratic Party.  Over time the Republicans regenerated, and in 1968 we returned to a two-party system.  In 1980 it passed to the Republican Party.  Over time the Democratic Party rebuilt itself, and in 1992 we returned to a two-party system.  Now the Democratic Party prepares to take the baton, with the prospect in November of gaining the Presidency and an iron-clad majority in both houses of Congress. 

With the South returning to the Democratic Party and so many of the moderates in Congress retiring (from both parties), President Obama and Congress will have the most liberal Administration in American history.  Even they do not know what they can accomplish.  After years of divided rule, their ambitions are modest. 

  1. Some evolution toward national health care, increasing government influence over one-tenth of our economy.
  2. Increased regulation of the financial service industry, increasing government influence over almost one-tenth of our economy.
  3. Far greater regulation of the environment, esp. carbon emissions, increasing government influence over all aspects of our economy.

No one can see what will result.  Interestingly, few even attempt to do so. 

Peggy Noonan, one the most acute observers of America’s political trends, describes this key moment in history:  “Pity Party“, Wall Street Journal (16 May 2008) — Excerpt:

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