davidl on December 1st, 2011

Who says I never cite Morning Joe, video: Reax, Karen the Lonely Conservative: Tina Brown: Obama Doesn’t Like His Job, Doesn’t Know How to Exercise Power Ace of Spades calls this the one Morning Joe transcript worth a few minutes of your time. Head over there for the pertinent parts. Or kick back and and […]

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davidl on October 1st, 2011

Immigration enforcement works BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) – Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state’s tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration. Education officials say scores of immigrant families have withdrawn their children from classes or kept them home this week, afraid […]

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davidl on September 4th, 2011

This economy is lost, from Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard: For President Obama, with job growth stuck near zero, the simplest question is a domestic one. How do you think jobs are created? This has never been asked of Obama and never answered, so far as I know. And chances are he won’t answer it definitively […]

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davidl on January 27th, 2011

SOTU reax, Washington Post: PRESIDENT OBAMA entered office promising to be a different kind of politician – one who would speak honestly with the American people about the hard choices they face and would help make those hard calls. Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address would have been the moment to make good on […]

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davidl on January 15th, 2011

Rush is Right, as usual, from Keach Hagey, Politico: Glenn Beck and his colleagues on Fox News may have been complimentary of President Obama’s speech last night, but Rush Limbaugh sure wasn’t. He criticized the timing of the memorial service on Wednesday, four days after the Tucson shootings, saying it should have happened sooner. “The […]

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Brian Nygaard on April 8th, 2010

Brian NygaardIn the February 16th, 2010 Wall Street Journal, Gerald F. Seib wrote an article called Senate Woes Flag Wider Disease.  The premise of the article is that the center of the political continuum has been eroded and that the bridge historically connecting the left and the right is being dismantled.  He goes on to indicate that the result is a Senate without an ability to accomplish anything.  The Framers, along with many who have followed, have long-since understood the power of the majority in a democracy.  Accordingly, they have inserted safeguards against the potential “tyranny of the majority” that are now coming into clear view.  Mr. Seib also points to the rapidly expanding use, over the last twenty years, of filibusters and cloture votes used to end those filibusters.  In the end, the article concludes, “The broader political system, more than the filibuster, is the problem.”

The notion of the “broader political system” is an interesting focal point for the current situation.  And while I am not certain what Mr. Seib intended by his use of the words, I am certain that the problem we have is much greater than a purely political problem.  To cast blame on the system is to address a second-order cause, as opposed to any level of fundamental or first-order cause.  The issues we face today are simply a proxy for the broader existential and self-identification issues we face as a nation.  We face an array of ontological problems that have been emerging over several decades, but are now, for the first time, exhibited for everyone to see.  The fundamental issue we face today is one of determining whether we as a nation are going to be governed by the use of power, or whether we will continue to be governed via “authority.” The distinction is becoming essentially clearer with every passing day.  And the distinction could not be more significant.

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