January 15, 2008
Why Can't We All Just Not Get Along?
One of the more grating claims that Hillary Clinton makes about the changes she is salivating to accomplish in Washington is how "we are going to do this together."
I don’t know who she means when she talks about "we," but she certainly can’t mean "me." Of course, I’m just one person, but there’s got to be plenty more where I came from. We just don’t show up in the focus groups and Oprahesque crying sessions where Hillary likes to pretend that she’s listening to "the people." Why? Mainly because we’re not invited.
I’m sure that Hillary (or Obama for that matter) doesn’t want to hear from someone who thinks that socialism has been tried and found wanting all over the world, and that we really don’t need government to be our "Papa" or "Mama." We’d be much better off if government was more like an absentee landlord who doesn’t get involved all that much with the day to day workings of society.
People who don’t think there’s really all that much wrong with our current society are often shunted over to the side while the media focuses its attention on the tiny percentage of the country that’s unhappy. It’s fine that they are getting the attention. What bothers me is that the rest of us have to fund their concerns. What is it exactly that needs to be changed? I’d vote for changing all of the free broadcast time that’s given to people like John Edwards, who spend all their time carping about how things are bad for the little guy.
Things are always bad for the "little guy." As Jesus once said, "The poor will always be with us." A controversial way to look at it is that as long as there is the freedom for some people to achieve more than others, there will always be inequality. Or as Will Durant put it: "the goddess of liberty is no friend to the goddess of equality." You can’t have equality without losing freedom. Most Americans don’t want to penalize the rich for achieving because they to would like to be rich someday. Americans aren’t naturally a class warfare people.
That’s why it’s always such a fantasy ride to listen liberals dream about all the changes they want to make in society, when a good percentage, often a majority, of the population doesn’t want to jump aboard for the trip and won’t go there unless they are completely lied to about where the train is going.
When liberals talk about ending gridlock and getting rid of partisanship, what they really mean is that they want people who disagree with their version of the world to lie down and play dead. Liberals are never willing to give up their passions and ideals, but they want people like me to stop fighting them -- in the name of unity. Frankly, I think the country is much better served when we have gridlock in Washington D.C. Better that nothing gets accomplished than that bad things get accomplished.
Yet Hillary perseveres in the idea that she is going to bring us all together to accomplish some great thing, presumably at the top of the list "health care reform." To bring the partisans together. But this is the woman who has throughout her career made a point of demonizing anyone who disagrees with her. She doesn’t just sack the quarterback, she whacks his wife and children and sows salt on his devastated estate.
It was Hillary, remember, who authored the "vast right-wing conspiracy," charge. It was Hillary who decided that the best way to get rid of the White House travel office staff that was not made up of Clinton loyalists was to accuse them of financial improprieties and to prosecute one of them (unsuccessfully) for embezzlement, instead of just reassigning them. It is Hillary who constantly reminds us that she has been the target of "the right wing" and that she’s "still standing." Is this supposed to make conservatives embrace her? They never will, and so the happy dream of us all doing this "together" is a chimera. At best, Hillary will get the conservatives gagged and trussed and making minimal fuss.
Remember, too, that just about every presidential campaign that promised to unite the disparate political elements of the nation instead sparked intensely partisan battles. Remember Nixon and "bring us together?" Or George W. Bush’s promise to bridge the divides?
Whatever you may think of the Clinton years, the fact remains that Bill & Hilary were tremendously polarizing figures. That’s a given when a president is impeached. And even fewer people have middlin’, undecided opinions about Hillary than they do about Bill. Hillary is actually the Democrats’ version of Richard Nixon. Like Nixon, she thinks it’s "her turn." Like Nixon she has a list of enemies a mile long; and once she’s in power, boy, will it be payback time! She’ll probably create a new Department of Getting Even and appoint James Carville the first secretary.
The last time we had a figure that aroused this much animus from a large percentage of the population, his election led to the Civil War!
It’s certainly possible, maybe even likely, that Hillary will win the nomination by whatever means necessary, by digging up whatever dirt and throwing whatever mud is necessary to destroy Barack Obama. Oh, and by claiming superior experience. Which, when you boil it down, amounts to being caregiver for 35 years to one of the most petulant, childish, self-absorbed narcissists in American political history during his turbulent, storied career... or as Matt Drudge characterizes it this week: his oral history. Yuk! Yuk! Come to think of it, maybe that is superior experience.
But the numbers are brutally one-sided in this contest to decide whether it’s more important to elect the first black or the first woman as president: There’re a hell of a lot more women then there are black people. That’s probably why Hillary feels that she can get away with saying that LBJ was actually more important to Civil Rights than Martin Luther King, Jr., although it may have escaped her notice that there is a federal holiday named after MLK, whereas LBJ’s name most often comes up in connection with traits that we don’t admire in a president, like dishonesty, venality, and corruption.
The fun part of the Clinton/Obama battle is that both candidates’ supporters have positioned the debate so that no one can criticize either candidate without being accused, on the one hand, as a racist, or on the other, as anti-woman. It’s delicious, really, that the Democrats would be hoist by their own petard in this way, since their favorite tactic over the years has been to paint Republicans as racists and anti-feminists.
I don’t know what percentage of the Democrat’s number are made up of black women. It’s a shame that Obama can’t get a sex change operation at this late date. Hillary might get one too, but then she’d be a woman.
Having done all that she needs to do to destroy Obama, Hillary will probably be elected president. But if anyone thinks that this will lead to the lions lying down with the lambs, think again.
It’s a recipe for lamb chops on the barbie.
A Scottish rebel said of the Ancient Romans after they ravaged his land: "They make a desert and call it peace." Hillary and her kind will imprison our liberties, hobble our enterprise, gag our speech and call it freedom.
Hatched by Dave Ross on this day, January 15, 2008, at the time of 10:24 PM
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The following hissed in response by: Dick E
Until they repeal the bell curve, there will always be a bottom X% to call poor.
The following hissed in response by: hunter
The legislature in Cuba, as well as Zimbabwe, gets along with their respective leaders just fine.
The following hissed in response by: AMR
“The last time we had a figure that aroused this much animus from a large percentage of the population, his election led to the Civil War!” I don’t see that happening easily, our side has all of the guns, now. She’ll have to take our guns away first before she can implement the New Alien and Sedition Acts; the one Bushitler could not get enacted. Oh wait, he just ruled as a dictator without it. I know that because it was in European newspapers and a visiting Australian couple told me that one day while I was on vacation riding on a trolley car in San Francisco.
The following hissed in response by: AMR
“The last time we had a figure that aroused this much animus from a large percentage of the population, his election led to the Civil War!” I don’t see that happening easily, our side has all of the guns, now. She’ll have to take our guns away first before she can implement the New Alien and Sedition Acts; the one Bushitler could not get enacted. Oh wait, he just ruled as a dictator without it. I know that because it was in European newspapers and a visiting Australian couple told me that one day while I was on vacation riding on a cable car in San Francisco.
The following hissed in response by: hunter
One of the most disturbing things about the age we live in is the willingness of large numbers of people to accept non-religious ideas that are patently not true.
I don't know if it is because although we live in a non-religious age people still need to have faith-based beliefs, or if people today are simply more gullible than people of earlier times.
Either way, from AGw to 911 conspiracy to UFOs to grand conspiracies, to the Euro couple thinking that Bush is somehow running a dictatorship, there is a large degree of unhealthy popular belief. I cannot believe will lead to good things.
The following hissed in response by: Seaberry
I've been following the Hillary/Obama story through the AfroSpear/AfroSphere, and for the most part, the Clintons are hated there.
The Democratic Party has been building and improving upon their ‘Divisive Machine’ for decades, for use against Capitalists, Conservatives, and the Republican Party, but it now seems that they have lost control of it, i.e. that the ‘Divisive Machine’ has turned on them.
The AfroSpear/AfroSphere is filled with the use of "WE" and Black...White...Black...White...Black...Black. Apparently, many leftist A-A Americans thought that the Blogosphere was too much of a "White" thing, and felt that they wanted to have their own "Black" Blogosphere, i.e. the AfroSpear/AfroSphere.
I've been using the Jack and Jill Politics blog, posting occasionally, and they have started a "wiki" to keep up with the Clinton attacks. I have only been attacked by a couple of posters, so far, because of my use of "Individualism" when correcting their use of the "fascist Republican Party", i.e. I pointed out that the Democratic Party's Socialism platform is actually about promoting the State over the Individual, like Fascism and Communism does. One poster keeps insisting that I am a Ron Paul supporter.
Anyway, it seems that the Democratic Party now has a serious division on their hands...
The above hissed in response by: Seaberry at January 16, 2008 8:28 AM
The following hissed in response by: David M
The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the - Web Reconnaissance for 01/16/2008 A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention, updated throughout the day...so check back often.
The above hissed in response by: David M at January 16, 2008 10:08 AM
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