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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Hope Less


Something must be done.
This is something. Therefore we must do it

--
Yes Minister, Jim Hacker

Confusion has its cost

--Helplessly Hoping,

Crosby, Stills and Nash


Nor dread nor hope attend
A dying animal;
A man awaits his end
Dreading and hoping all
--Death
, William Butler Yeats


[V]ision is Obama’s thing
--Dreamer in Chief,
Charles Krauthammer

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What we need in America is less hope, as it is apparent that hope is not working.

What we need is:
  • Less faith and more realism
  • less patriotism and more skepticism
  • less democracy and more freedom
  • less rhetoric and more thinking
  • less bailouts and more honesty
  • fewer laws and more justice
  • less leadership and more competence
  • less obfuscation and more directness
  • less vision and more clear-sightedness

Is anyone else down with this?

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Sven Ortmann said...

It's not my business, but why do you want "less democracy"?

Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 3:57:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Underground Carpenter said...

Hi Jim and Lisa,

Lisa, it's good to see you back in action. Hope you made a full recovery.

"less democracy and more freedom"

Carpenter concurs and resonates with that one.

Dave

Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 9:53:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Serving Patriot said...

I'd add this:

Less preaching and more christian charity.

SP

Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 11:47:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

SP,
OK.
Sven,
What we now call democracy has little to do with freedom.
jim

Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 12:11:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

totally down.

but, also totally down for a tuna fishing trip.

blues are biting off ensenada.

buh bye!

Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 2:19:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger FDChief said...

Sven: The recent mess in Arizona re: illegal immigrants is a good example of jim's point.

The AZ legislature, acting mostly to pander to the fathead plurality of the state, passed a law requiring every police-citizen contact to include a request for immigration status documents if the officer has a "resonable suspicion that the person is in the state of Arizona unlawfully".

A recent poll up here in the Pacific NW had something like 60% of the public in favor of this.

But, it's instructive to note, the police in Arizona hate the thing; it's almost impossible to enfore without either a) picking only Hispanic-looking people, or b) asking EVERYONE they talk to to show their passport...

But the People want it...just like the "People" were OK with slavery, and after that with legalized racism...with unrealistic tax cuts and spending measures...

So I might have said "less democracy and more republicanism" - in that I don't think that we're mortgaging our actual "freedoms" with our stupid-ass choices. Rather, we're mortgaging the political, social, and economic health of our Republic.

Monday, June 21, 2010 at 12:33:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Sven Ortmann said...

I know about that law in AZ and the buzz about it.

In Germany the police can expect that everyone has either a personal ID card or a passport with him.

The AZ law wouldn't be so special without the racial profiling issue; remember the requirement to prove your age if you look minor and want to buy alcohol.

Monday, June 21, 2010 at 1:03:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

UC,

Thank you for the good wishes. I am in the process, and am at Mayo Clinic as we speak. I am certain they will diagnose this thing.

Monday, June 21, 2010 at 4:05:00 PM GMT-5  

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