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American exceptionalism challenged by a special American

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I have always liked what Michael Kingsley wrote and as he battles with his own health problems he continues to say meaningful things well! The last paragraph of his latest piece in Politico takes on the whole mythology of American exceptionalism propounded by Reagan et al and says it like it should be:

Every time I strike this note, which I guess I do a lot, I hear from people calling me elitist or unpatriotic. Here is my answer: If you think a friend is talking nonsense or behaving in a way that damages both of your long-term interests, it is not elitist to say so. To the contrary, it is treating him or her like an adult and an equal. As for patriotism, if you think your country is in danger, how is it unpatriotic to say so?

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/44500_Page2.html#ixzz149ugsDrd

Editors of Politico are to be congratulated for publishing real stuff and not just the usual right wing cant!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/02 at 13:36

This has been an up and down week for Sarah Palin in my humble view!

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It sort of began for me with Tim Egan of NY Times opining about Sarah Palin and John Edwards being political grifters and sort of the bottom feeders in using politics to line their own pockets!

Then there is her campy vocabulary in her Tea Party speech, like “hopey-changey” and other gems in the dumb and dumber class. Reports from CNN seem to credit her with a “rousing speech”. I found her tone whiny, her vocabulary mind numbing and her style phoney!

Then there was my immediate disconnect when the Tea Baggers began ranting “Sarah for President” or words to that effect!

Is politics in the US more about pop emotions these days? He’s black and not my “cup of tea” so let’s go with Sarah’s sex appeal and “dumb and dumber” political discourse!

Pa-leeeese gimme a break!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/02/07 at 10:15

There are “nitpickers” and then there are “unprecedented nitpickers” from Politico.com

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Politico is, if anything, right of center, especially on things “Obama”!

So it shouldn’t have surprised me that Ms. Carol E Lee should have devoted so many words to discussing the comparative application of “unprecedented events” by the WH under Bush 43 and the current incumbent Obama 44.

But what a drag! I only mention it here because it seems so Politico, even quoting of all people Karen Hughes, the most ardent keeper of the GWB claim to fame!

 

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/11/29 at 09:04

Wow, Eric Etheridge of the Opinionater at NY Times sure puts the “pedal to the metal”

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He is commenting on death of meritocracy in the US in the context of the fight for Change in the US these days.

His own last  two paragraphs in this piece says it all:

Real reform — tackling health care costs and access, finding a way to head off massive changes in the world’s climate, ending torture as the lynchpin of the war on terror, getting out of Iraq, preventing an Israeli-led Third World War in the Middle East, and reforming entitlements and defense spending to prevent 21st century America from becoming 17th Century Spain: these are being resisted by those who have power and do not want to relinquish it — except to their own families and cronies.

Nepotism is part of the problem; media corruption is also part; the total uselessness of the Democratic party and the nihilism of the Republicans doesn’t help. But something is rotten in America at this moment in time; and those of us who supported Obama to try and change this decay and decline should use this fall to get off our butts and fight for change.

Now that’s hitting the nail on its head, big time!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/09/01 at 04:11

Health care reform, birthers, violent protests and Hitler talk in the US

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Given my own childhood “escape” from Nazi occupied France in 1940, I feel something when media people like Limbaugh start painting Obama, the US President with the Hitler and fascism brush.

I read this blog post with great interest because of it’s title “So you wanna talk about Hitler”. I highly recommend it for the views expressed and the images from Nazi Germany!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/08/09 at 08:13

I guess I’m not a dog lover, and amen to that!

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The ongoing story about the “top dog” in the White House seems to me to be a form of escapism by triviality. Why should I care what dog Obama’s children enjoy? Not exactly big news. In fact, why didn’t they have a dog earlier than this!

In fact, I sense that Obama doesn’ t much care either except for the PR mileage.

The dumb and dumber factor in MSM is revealed more blatantly than is healthy here!

The right wing can’t say anything constructive and the left wing just  complains. When do the adults speak up?

Who cares about the top dog, except for trivializers, the say something nice people!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/04/16 at 12:07

Who says that Daily Kos is “too serious and lefty”?

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This was added to a Peggy Noonan “abbreviated pundit post” about Obama’s upcoming inaugural address on Jan 20, 2009:

I hope he uses phrases like “veriest varlet that ever chewed with a tooth” and “thou art a boil, a plague-sore, an embossed carbuncle long-tongu’d babbling gossip” or even “false of heart, light of ear, bloody of hand” like Shakespeare did. Now those were the classics [and Cavett adds a few more]. And maybe if he speaks English, people won’t be so deferential the way they were to His Juniorness. Which I only care about because Obama is a Democrat. But I digress. Let me return to setting unrealistic high expectations for Obama.

Reads like funny and ironic to me!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/01/10 at 07:10