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The only way to prevent chaos is to create better chaos

He’s already setting explosive charges around the structures holding up our country, anticipating their imminent collapse.

I’m not saying he plans to destroy every single institution that together have made our country a beacon of freedom (a beacon wobbling on its foundation of slavery, theft  and continued perpetuation of inequality, but a beacon in a blighted world nonetheless).

I’m saying that if he wanted to destroy our democratic institutions, this is exactly how he’d do it: nominate known enemies of government to head the agencies they most hate; appoint billionaires, abusers and exploiters to manage systems designed to protect our most vulnerable; refuse the legitimacy and relevance of empirical facts–including those gathered by our intelligence officers, not to mention those required to prevent our grandchildrens’ necessary future evacuation from U.S. cities too hot to sustain human life; plant surrogates that openly question the benefit of a free press; proudly praise autocrats for killing their political enemies.

And whither the Democrats?

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Me and the Youths

The younglings continue to break for Sanders, while the olds continue to hope that we can finally please oh please could we just please get a woman in the White House already what more does she need to prove to you people.

And since I’m apparently peeved about getting older, as well as increasingly anti-capitalist as those years insist on speeding past,  I keep wondering why I don’t side with the people who know how to use “fleek” on  electing someone unafraid to call out the Rockafellers for their depredations upon our society. (Is it a noun? An adjective? Verb? Dependent on context?)

Why am I unmoved by this apparently viable candidate whose platform consists of free college, universal health care, and prioritized mitigation of income inequality? Who’s Jewish? Why am I not only unmoved, but downright hostile to him?

Who am I?

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Seneca Falls, Selma, and Stonewall

I can’t think of a time that a president has so directly, forcefully, thoughtfully, and eloquently argued that we must pay attention to those whose voices are weakest if we want our country to fulfill its promise.

Happy.

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Mr. Tiny Sips Takes a Big Ol’ Gulp

Today’s big news is that snowboarding may no longer be cool.

Sometimes heads of state are racist. Even when they say they’re not.

And Mr. Incremental Pragmatism closed his eyes, pinched his nose shut, and cannonballed into the deep waters of Big Politics. Without a floatie.

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In Case My Last Post Was Too Coy

I eagerly, anxiously, happily, and optimistically voted for Obama again. By mail. Early.

He dramatically expanded rights and benefits for same-sex couples.

He gave affordable, quality health care coverage to tens of millions of seniors, children, and working people while instituting cost-cutting measures that will reduce our budget over time.

He regulated Wall Street.

He reduced the deficit.

He made the biggest infrastructure investment in generations.

He ended the war in Iraq and committed to the same in Afghanistan.

He prevented a depression.

He understands complexity.

He accepts scientific consensus about the grave dangers of climate change and will prepare us to mitigate the damage we’ve already done to our planet.

I may quibble with some of his decisions, but I generally agree with his values.

That’s it from me about politics until we know how this drama will end.

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Is Obama a Centrist Republican?

Insofar as any exist. Which I know they do, in a Snuffleupagus sort of way.

Let’s consider some facts:

Obama loves business so much that he believes that market forces will improve our schools. And slow down climate change. And make quality health care more accessible.

He plans to bomb the what-what out of Iran if they don’t stop their ballyhooing and enriching. And his escalation of the drone program looks more like Elmer Fudd’s big gun than Bugs Bunny’s big carrot. Ruthlessness, collateral damage, kill lists. Everything Glen Greenwald says.

He didn’t fight, much, to regulate Wall Street, much.

Obamacare leaves the private health care industry infrastructure not only intact, but stronger. He booted out the “public option” without asking much (anything?) in return, despite the economic and moral costs of this decision.

Plus, Chris Rock.

I realize that our country has trended gently (the GOP more aggressively) rightward, such that, say, acknowledging in public that human-caused climate change is both a scientific fact and an urgent global crisis makes one a traitor to the nearly half of us red-staters.

But even in this bitterly partisan context, Obama’s pro-business and pro-war presidential actions do not smell lefty. At all. Not even close.

And yet…

 

 

What 3d world dictatorships systematically keep people from voting? Right. Swing state ones.

 

 

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