Tuesday Highlights

Good morning.

  1. Another reason to fast … or to help you keep to the narrow path. More words on fasting here.
  2. ACORN examined.
  3. Jobs and government stimulus … 1000 word version.
  4. Global warming and calling out stupid.
  5. Mr Moore.
  6. Laptop cameras and the school surveillance, an story which is getting “odder.”
  7. Blogging and fame.
  8. The mantra on Ms Palin examined.
  9. A movie, the Last Station, of the life of Lev Tolstoy reviewed.
  10. Who notices?
  11. Another non-barking dog.
  12. The arts, architecture and the modern evangelical.

7 responses to “Tuesday Highlights

  1. The mantra on Ms Palin examined.

    I’m not sure people ever thought Reagan was as unintelligent or unprepared as they think Palin is. Even if they did, the fact that they may have been wrong about him doesn’t imply that they are wrong about her.

    A much more important distinction is that Democrats *liked* Reagan, even when they disagreed with him. He was charming and funny and not intentionally divisive the way Palin is. Palin, pretty and charismatic as she is, makes my skin crawl, and I don’t think I’m alone with that sensation. She doesn’t pretend that she would represent me or anybody like me (we’re not “real Americans”) while Reagan campaigned to be the president of all Americans, not just Republicans.

    Reagan won over independents and many Democrats. Palin will win over neither. Palin speaks to and for a group of white voters who aren’t interested in civility or compromise or diversity or really anything outside of their own narrow self-interest. (The fact that they get so much wrong about their narrow self-interest is unfortunate for them and America, but that’s beside the point here.) Obama’s not an affable, well-meaning guy who they disagree with — he’s a socialist non-American traitor who wants to destroy the country and give all their money to black people. There is no path to get from there to majority support in the broader American population.

    Reagan did not have that kind of paranoid, xenophobic base. He was more like Obama, with an inclusive, optimistic message for all Americans. I continue to disagree with most of his policies, foreign and domestic, but he was way, way out of Sarah Palin’s league.

    tl;dr: I remember President Reagan, and Sarah Palin is no President Reagan.

  2. JA,
    Two points, “Palin, pretty and charismatic as she is, makes my skin crawl, ” hmm, “makes my skin crawl” pretty much describes my reaction to Mr Obama (and I don’t think I’m alone in that sensation). Ah, well, different strokes.

    And while I’m not a Palin booster, e.g., would not support her in a primary race … you, Mr Boonton, and the reaction of the left are starting to convince me to reconsider.

  3. hmm, “makes my skin crawl” pretty much describes my reaction to Mr Obama (and I don’t think I’m alone in that sensation)

    But why?? I get it with Bill Clinton — he’s got a little slick car salesman good old boy feel to him, plus he’s slimey with women, but Obama? What about him makes your skin crawl?

    And while I’m not a Palin booster, e.g., would not support her in a primary race … you, Mr Boonton, and the reaction of the left are starting to convince me to reconsider.

    What are you, 12? You’re going to reconsider supporting her because Boonton, I, and the left have such a negative reaction to her?? Isn’t that a bad thing?

    Do you hate Boonton and me, personally? I mean, I know you don’t know us (or at least me) personally but it’s hard to imagine why you would see our reaction to Palin as a positive feature. You really would prefer to just jab a fork at us than try to work with us or convince us you’re right or any of that? Do you also consider us not “real” Americans?

    Reagan was a uniter. Obama’s doing his damnedest to be a uniter, although the Republicans are trying to portray him as some kind of radical. Palin is a divider, and you think that’s a good thing?? Ugh, that just sums up so much of what’s wrong with the American right these days. You’d rather spit in our faces than try to work and live together as Americans.

  4. It really is a striking distinction between the parties. The Democratic base was energized by a man who made his name with a speech about how we are all Americans, there’s no blue America and red America etc etc. The Republican base is energized by a woman who talks about how her followers are the “real Americans” and refers to the president’s economic plans as socialist.

  5. This just makes me so mad… how are we on the left supposed to deal with the right? You won’t compromise, you won’t negotiate, you won’t even argue in good faith. What do you want from us? You want us all to just leave or surrender? We’re Americans too, dammit.

  6. JA,

    What are you, 12? You’re going to reconsider supporting her because Boonton, I, and the left have such a negative reaction to her??

    And no I don’t hate you or Boonton, the opposite in fact. But the knee jerk reaction to demonize and caricature-ize her has the opposite effect from the one you intend.

    What about him makes your skin crawl?

    I haven’t thought about that much. I’ll have to consider that.

  7. JA,

    This just makes me so mad… how are we on the left supposed to deal with the right? You won’t compromise, you won’t negotiate, you won’t even argue in good faith.

    wtf?

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