When you aren't having fun...
Wow, over a year has passed since blogging here last. Politics has become un-fun. I've always enjoyed political discussions, but as I have said in the past, those discussions can only bear intellectual fruit when reasonable people enjoy a discourse. It can be heated, it can be heartfelt, it can be partisan, but it must be reasonable.
Reasonableness is one of the rarest commodities to be found these days.
Why start again? I probably won't... at least now. An errant click returned be to the site, and I stopped to read a while. I thought about things that have happened since blogging - the election, success in Iraq, economic damnation, the return of piracy to the seas, and such, and while there are things to say, does anyone want to read a reasoned response, or just one that validates already held conclusions? I recall after the election, but before the inauguration, hearing people ripping Obama - the man had yet to take office, and yet the carousel was already running full tilt with prologue invectives based on nothing more than expectation.
Now, Obama has spoken of or done things I approve of - simplifying the tax code (year, I'll believe it when I see it, but still...), making changes to the usurious policies of credit card companies (I hear the howling now, how this will force card companies to turn down less credit worthy borrowers - as if that was a bad thing!), that shaking Chavez's hand doesn't constitute anything destabilizing our hemispheric relations (it'd be reassuring though to hear that he'd mention concern for freedom and liberty during his little chats...) - and things I do not like, such as the ridiculous performance of Homeland under Napolitano, possibly playing politics with Bush policies on interrogation, asking the head of GM to step down, and a generally supine appearance when overseas. But these have the benefit of being based on policy, not based on boo-hoo-my-guy-isn't-in-charge.
The body politic is poisoned right now - and it's going to take something that really sucks to suck out the venom...Posted by MEC2 at April 25, 2009 09:10 AM