Archive for November, 2010


Coming down

A couple of weeks before the election, I went off about the false equivalence of the two political parties, something that’s become part of the accepted common sense lately – that both parties are guilty of doing X, therefore they’re both equally blameworthy.  I think X, in this case, was serving their corporate masters instead of serving the interests of the middle class, or something like that.

I just saw this clip from Bill Maher, and since he made the point better than I could, I wanted to link to it.   He’s criticizing Jon Stewart’s crusade against incivility in politics, and though I’m a fan of the Daily Show, I have to agree with Maher.  Especially on this point:

When Jon announced his rally, he said the national conversation was dominated by people on the Right who believe Obama’s a Socialist and people on the Left who believe 9/11’s an inside job, but I can’t name any Democratic leaders who think 9/11’s an inside job. But Republican leaders who think Obama’s a Socialist? All of them.”

I know they probably don’t mean what they say, but there was a time – and not that long ago – when the Republican leadership seemed content to be wrong, without being dastardly.  At least, not all the time.

That’s it for my take on politics for a while though.  I’m done until there’s a reason to advocate for basic sanity again.


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