Thursday, September 10, 2009

Substitute for a Rant

Well. I have a very long and very irritable post on politics, politics and Facebook, the Left, rudeness, the usual double standards and all other things that are rocking my world today, but I'll save that in drafts for a while before I decide to publish or delete.

Right now I'll just ask, since 16 million Americans magically got health care insurance last night, according to the president's speech, can we slow down in the the rush to pass health care reform and instead make measured, thoughtful decisions? We were so sure a few weeks ago that it was 46 million. Are we really sure now that it's 30 million? Has that number been vetted? I know vetting isn't a priority in this administration.

Can we talk about it a little more? No? Because, I'm not so sure 30 million is correct either.

Who exactly created the mess you speak of, Mr. President? Doctors? Well, doctors as a group, are no more or less self-interested than politicians, journalists software developers and artists.

Well, maybe less so than artists.

If only someone would just tell us what to do--then we wouldn't have to bother debating the issues at all! Just ask Thomas Friedman:
One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages.
Enlightened enough for what?
China banned plastic bags, man. P-l-a-s-t-i-c b-a-gs. Gone, with the single enlightened stroke of a pen. They just got rid of them. No votes. No debate. Those inspired rulers said There Shall Be No More Thin Plastic Bags. "Bam! Just like that — 1.3 billion people, theoretically, will stop using thin plastic bags" he [Thomas Friedma] writes in his chapter "China for a Day (But Not for Two)."

We could do that here if we could just get rid of our constitution — just for a day, mind you. I mean who wouldn't want to go 24 hours without habeas corpus or the first amendment, if it meant getting rid of these petroleum-soaked turtle-choking wind-socks of doom?

Cool! What else has democracy-free China done?

In the past few months Chinese dictators who Tom Friedman called a “reasonably enlightened group” have jailed blogger Wu Baoqun for posting information that the government forced Chinese peasants to sell their land at extremely low prices, so that the Communist Party could auction that land off for a hefty profit.

But jailing those who are complaining about government expropriations from peasants is not all the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been up to. Let’s take one of Friedman’s pet issues, the environment. His favorite enlightened despots have sent Sun Xiaodi, a Gansu environmental activist and recipient of the 2006 Nuclear-free Future Award, and his daughter Sun Haiyan to re-education-through-labor camps for exposing official corruption and nuclear waste pollution in Gansu Province. Likewise, the CCP has sent activists Wu Lihong and Tang Zhirong to jail for complaining about industrial pollution.

Too bad for them, but hey, no more plastic bags!

Still. Kinda funny talk coming from a Lefty, isn't it? The longing wistfulness over autocracy. We could submit ourselves to unscrutinized policy makers and submit ourselves to the ideals of the Left and what they stand for. What do they stand for?
what do Democrats stand for, if they are so ready to defame concerned citizens as the "mob" -- a word betraying a Marie Antoinette delusion of superiority to ordinary mortals. I thought my party was populist, attentive to the needs and wishes of those outside the power structure. And as a product of the 1960s, I thought the Democratic party was passionately committed to freedom of thought and speech
Sorry, Camille. You thought wrong.
But somehow liberals have drifted into a strange servility toward big government,
Which I find bizarre. Liberals wouldn't lie belly up for an Exxon or an Aetna or a Wal-Mart-- other large organizations that influence our lives--but a Democratic administration, which by virtue of being able to pass laws, arguably holds more power over our lives?
The ethical collapse of the left was nowhere more evident than in the near total silence of liberal media and Web sites at the Obama administration's outrageous solicitation to private citizens to report unacceptable "casual conversations" to the White House. If Republicans had done this, there would have been an angry explosion by Democrats from coast to coast. I was stunned at the failure of liberals to see the blatant totalitarianism in this incident, which the president should have immediately denounced. His failure to do so implicates him in it.
The list of awkward, amateurish bungling in this administration is getting suspiciously long. When do we quit calling them rookie mistakes and start calling them ideology?

Democrats may have collapsed as Republicans have collapsed before them. It's not the Left (well, it is today); it's not the Right. It's the culture of political corruption and it needs to be routed out.

I can't even tag this piece, at least not right now. Aren't you glad I published this instead of my rant?


Blogger Dana said...

I am indeed so glad you published your non-rant! Spot-on.

And yep, the $64 question:

When do we quit calling them rookie mistakes and start calling them ideology?

12:54 AM  
Anonymous Tech Support said...

Holy cow...what's the "long and very irritable post on politics" going to be? :)

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Anonymous Bob Dole said...

This just in: Bob Dole is still alive!!!

1:34 AM  

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