Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The worst decade ever?
Worse: Just as the 19th century did not end in a cultural sense until August 1914, and the Seventies did not really end until January 20, 1981 (the inauguration of Ronald Reagan and, more importantly, the end of the Iranian Hostage Crisis), the "Oughts" (or whatever we ought to call them) show no sign of ending on the calendar's schedule.
CWCID: Glenn Reynolds.
My initial reaction was the 70s- Kent State, Nixon's impeachment and resignation, Ford, the awful & ever-pompous J. Carter, 444 days- and the advent of disco. My gawd.
But at least the 70s economy, though stagnant, didn't give us anything akin to the Great Meltdown of '08. And except for the Vietnam wind-down, the 70s were largely war free. Maybe Nick Gillespie's got it right.
You say the last decade was bad.....well, welcome to the next 14 years of the o's administration during the second decade of the 21st century. There will be 5 cities gone, tens of thousands of people slaughtered by islam. Constitution along with the Bill of Rights rendered null and void. Taxes at 60-90 percent of gross income, no deductions for EVERYONE. Sharia law written into the local laws and upheld by the various Supreme Courts of the states and federal supreme court upholding sharia law as just and humanmain. That EVERYONE is considered a sacrificial lamb for what ever whim islam come up with at what ever time islam comes up with it. And all other Hell Raising by the peace and light religion of islam that they can cram into a hour. We are in the crap and have sunk below our hair line. Happy next decade everyone.
The video was actually about politicians and their gaffes, and it was spot on and worth watching -- if you can stand watching Al Gore French kissing Tipper on stage at the Democratic convention. Al and Tipper invented Erich Segal's "Love Story", didn't you know.
Richard Nixon, George McGovern, and Hubert Humphrey were all great men. We have few people like this representing us these days, which goes to the heart of our problem. Bad politicians make bad politics. It's gotten so bad it's having real consequences.
We can change this. Here's how - adapted from a recent news item:
The Republicans are getting their act together about retaking the House in 2010. They've made U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Bakersfield CA) -- House Republican deputy whip -- their point on recruiting candidates to run for Congress. McCarthy said he'd recruited 68 "top-tier" challengers and expected to reach 120. He said money was flowing to the party's candidates already, and that 51 Republican challengers already had more than $100,000 each in cash on hand.
McCarthy said he had no interest in recruiting state lawmakers for Congress. He said he was looking for political novices, new faces, idea generators and solution-oriented people who'd had success in their personal lives. -- e.g., no political hacks. .
Nancy, Henry, Barney and Charlie have safe seats, but they don't have safe chairs. If the Republicans make 2010 a national campaign to unseat them they can win back the House. Which is a start.
I'd encourage readers here to contribute to this cause, and even consider running for office.
As a background piece to the last comment on GOP momentum, you ought to read "The Exhausted Presidency". While a brutal review of the lack of personal and political preparation the president has had for his office, it does set the stage for what sorts of messes the Republicans will have to clean up, in the event they can actually pull off a win.