“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Vote or Don't Vote For Change

"Now remember, things look bad and it looks like you're not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. 'Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That's just the way it is." -- Josie Wales

hattip: Teresita from the previous thread.

Here's a new direction for you:

As in the first 100 hours the House meets after Democrats _ in her fondest wish _ win control in the Nov. 7 midterm elections and Pelosi takes the gavel as the first Madam Speaker in history.

Day One: Put new rules in place to "break the link between lobbyists and legislation."

Day Two: Enact all the recommendations made by the commission that investigated the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Time remaining until 100 hours: Raise the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour, maybe in one step. Cut the interest rate on student loans in half. Allow the government to negotiate directly with the pharmaceutical companies for lower drug prices for Medicare patients.

Broaden the types of stem cell research allowed with federal funds _ "I hope with a veto-proof majority," she added in an Associated Press interview Thursday.

All the days after that: "Pay as you go," meaning no increasing the deficit, whether the issue is middle class tax relief, health care or some other priority.

To do that, she said, Bush-era tax cuts would have to be rolled back for those above "a certain level." She mentioned annual incomes of $250,000 or $300,000 a year and higher, and said tax rates for those individuals might revert to those of the Clinton era. Details will have to be worked out, she emphasized.

"We believe in the marketplace," Pelosi said of Democrats, then drew a contrast with Republicans. "They have only rewarded wealth, not work."

"We must share the benefits of our wealth" beyond the privileged few, she added.

Sound Good? Want more?

Russ Feingold: "Today's vote is a great moment for our Constitution and our democracy and a great moment in the fight against terrorism," said Wisconsin's Sen. Russell D. Feingold, who has led the fight for Democrats..."

SEN. HARRY REID: Jim, it's taken a while for this culture of corruption the Republicans have developed to come into fore.

Charlie Rangel: Impeach Rumsfeld.

30 members of the US House call for inquiry into Bush Impeachment.

John Kerry: "I would rather be the candidate of the NAACP than the NRA. "

John Kerry: "I'm an internationalist. I'd like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations.

Hillary Clinton: "The American people are tired of liars and people who pretend to be something they're not."

Vote Democrat, Vote For Change


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  2. All the days after that: "Pay as you go," meaning no increasing the deficit, whether the issue is middle class tax relief, health care or some other priority.

    If the principle of "Pay as you go" has become a Democrat mantra then the Reagan Revolution is truly over.

  3. Newt's revolution (term limits, remember those?) petered out into a gaggle of careerists who never saw an earmark they didn't like. Divided government works better. This was like 1993-1994, only tipping to the right.

  4. Teresita,
    I think your problem is you're a relative new comer to this country.
    Your relatives may have even fought this country.
    My family has been here since the Revolutionary War, so I'm not so quick to spit on the graves of those who've gone before. And I hold in great distain those who do. If your citizenship and free speech is to be taken as other than opportunistic and saprophytic then you must dilate on why it takes more guts to cut and run than it does to see the job through, because it is a sophists dictum, made by a coward who feigns honor in retreat.

  5. I wanted to get your post up early, and try and break up that knife fight going on under Clint.

  6. “I said we’ve got to win,” Burns said. “He wants us to pull out. He wants everyone to know our plan. That’s not smart.

    “He says our president don’t have a plan. I think he’s got one. He’s not going to tell everyone in the world.”

    "Tester said Bush’s only plan is staying the course in Iraq at considerable sacrifices to U.S. troops and the federal treasury.

    “We went in under false pretenses,” Tester said. “We pulled the troops from Afghanistan and put them in Iraq. Osama bin Laden is still running free.”

    The war is costing the U.S. billions of dollars a year that could be better spent on helping middle-class families and small businesses, the challenger said."

    Considerable sacrifices, the federal treasury, false pretenses, war cost, OBL. Democrat positions have gained traction in the BC-EB community of late it seems. Were the dems even more prescient than DR and C4?

  7. I think the Republicans fell into the trap that affected the Democrats when they were in control. They thought they had a lock on staying in. I probably agree with Republicans 75 % of the time and Democrats 10%. I have no idea what the actual outcome will be, but it will be a long election night.

  8. Or maybe its difficult to rally a population around a post-war.

    How would you begin doing such a thing?

    How would that luck ANY different from what Bush is doing now?

  9. I am afraid that there is no consensus building apparatus that is more affective than another attack. Sad but true.

  10. I wouldn't disagree with that, but 5 years after that attack, then what?

  11. Here in AZ, amongst the dumbest of the dumb, the Senate race has taken an interesting twist.

    Mr Pederson misquotes Mr Kyl from 18 years ago, strange.
    But his previous ad
    "If you are happy with Washington, vote for Mr Kyl, he's been there 20 years. If not Pederson is the right choice."
    Has been refreshingly above board.

    Only thing that has hurt Mr Pederson was his very first TV ad. Claimed to be an "Independent", when in the past he had be the Dem State Party Chairman or some such.
    Gained a lot of early support, that faded when the truth be known.
    He'd have been all right, but folks think his "Indepedent" stance was BS and it's cost him the votes of some of those dissatified with the Status Que.

    Librarians are running for almost every Federal and most State positions, read any good books lately?

  12. Hell, and there I'd thought Mrs Bush had started a Librarian Party.

    I've always liked reading.
    Liberty too.

  13. Ah, that Laura Bush, thatsa *some* Librarian. If I'd married her instead of that fickle-hearted yankee, I'd've been president instead of a divorced old bum.

  14. Oh, great--just leave that last post dangling there, over the white space, humiliating its author.

  15. I'll be voting for whoever I trust to protect the Nation and our rights under the Constitution. And for those who keep radical Muslims out of the country.

    Homeland Security steps up to the plate and refuses to allow a member of the Muslim Brotherhood to attend a conference at NY University. But Newsweek's Terror Watch guys (and the Democrats no doubt) are not happy about it.
    The removal of Kamal Helbawy, the 80-year-old founder of the Muslim Association of Britain, came just minutes before his American Airlines flight was due to take off from London’s Heathrow Airport. The incident is the latest instance in which U.S. security officials have denied prominent Muslim leaders entry to the United States.
    The move startled officials at New York University Law School who had invited Helbawy to be a featured speaker at a conference the organization is sponsoring Thursday night on the Muslim Brotherhood movement. “He’s a really respected guy,” said Paul Cruickshank, a fellow at the law school’s Center for Law and Security, which had organized the conference. “He’s very influential within the Muslim community in Britain and his name is recognized throughout the world.” The action against Helbawy comes just a few weeks after the State Department denied a visa to Tariq Ramadan, another prominent Islamic scholar, for the second time. That action provoked widespread criticism from civil-liberties groups who noted that, like Helbawy, Ramadan has publicly disavowed violence.

    Now why would Homeland security be interested in these moderate, peace loving muslims

    These organizations represent themselves as mainstream, even as they continue to embrace the Brotherhood's radical views and maintain links to terrorists. With moderate rhetoric and well-spoken German, Dutch, and French, they have gained acceptance among European governments and media alike. Politicians across the political spectrum rush to engage them whenever an issue involving Muslims arises or, more parochially, when they seek the vote of the burgeoning Muslim community.
    But, speaking Arabic or Turkish before their fellows Muslims, they drop their facade and embrace radicalism. While their representatives speak about interfaith dialogue and integration on television, their mosques preach hate and warn worshippers about the evils of Western society. While they publicly condemn the murder of commuters in Madrid and school children in Russia, they continue to raise money for Hamas and other terrorist organizations. Europeans, eager to create a dialogue with their increasingly disaffected Muslim minority, overlook this duplicity. The case is particularly visible in Germany, which retains a place of key importance in Europe, not only because of its location at the heart of Europe, but also because it played host to the first major wave of Muslim Brotherhood immigrants and is host to the best-organized Brotherhood presence. The German government's reaction is also instructive if only to show the dangers of accepting Muslim Brotherhood rhetoric at face value, without looking at the broader scope of its activities.

    At least every one of them is not walking in at will.

  16. Wonder what the people would've thought about WWII if during it, we had let nice, respected, intelligent, friendly, moderate representatives of Hitler and Tojo circulate around the country, going to conferences and making contacts, and giving speeches?

  17. The way we're going, Trish, it won't be long until just *any* leader will do, so long as he can unite the people.

  18. Mətušélaḥ said...
    So Allen, what's your proposal?

    12:28 AM, October 19, 2006

    How about slowing all two-way traffic through the Strait by imposition of comprehensive vessel searches for North Korean and Iranian contraband. When a two week bottleneck is created, some of our "friends" might start taking the point. Look at it as killing two birds with one stone.

    Nothing of the kind will happen, to be sure. Nothing of consequence is going to happen until such time as the North Koreans and/or the Muslims make a misstep that even Mr. Bush cannot sidestep and still remain in office.

    You all hold to the notion that Mr. Bush is savvy and is merely playing for the opportune time to strike against the non-Religion of Peace. You are as mistaken as he is misguided. You believe in Mr. Bush and Mr. Bush believes Islam to be the Religion of Peace.

    How's that working out? Well if North Korean, Iraqi, and Iranian intransigence are indicative, not very well. But, admittedly, I am greatly influenced by observable facts and not some childish faith in the "Grand Unifying Ultra-Secret Strategy" for TWAT victory. Forgive me for permitting myself to be over-reliant on something as mundane as science based upon attendant, measureable facts. I quit being a true believer in the goodness of politicians and religious charlatans decades ago – coincidently, at just the same time as I became a conservative and an adult.

    Oh, don't be mislead into thinking the scenario at the Strait is the sole option that comes to mind. I just happen to think that a bit of slow, socialist papershuffling and inventory control is particularly useful. Any number of "butter bars" could come up with perfectly useful tactics as well.

    For those who pee their pants at the thought of higher spot oil prices resulting from an inspection regime at the Strait, well, life is not fair; as any E-5 with six years in service, on his second or third downrange tour with a base pay of $2,323.80, will attest. Maybe its about time that Americans had to buy into TWAT or get off the pot.

  19. Lest I be misunderstood, let me be perfectly clear: I draw no distinction between politicians and religious charlatans. Both are cut from the same cloth; both exploit the same demographic; both prosper on the human tendency to idolatry.

  20. The number of so-called Bush supporters who show contempt for the President is astounding. Only on two, highly reported occasions, has Mr. Bush deviated from his “Religion of Peace” formulation. Despite this, there are those who imply that the President is simply playing possum, trying to draw Muslims into a false sense of security so that he can blindside them, unawares, with the full force of the US. Essentially, according to these fine folk, Mr. Bush is engaged in a brilliant job of pandering. This would, on its face, make Mr. Bush a cynical liar.

    I respect the President too much to accept this thesis. No, I think the President sincerely believes it and means it when he says such things as, “Islam is a noble religion that has been hijacked by a few fanatics” and “Islam is the religion of peace.” Moreover, I think he fully supports the view of his Secretary of State’s very public statements equating Palestinian militancy with the Founder’s struggle for American independence from European tyranny. In short, Mr. Bush is a forthright gentleman with fixed opinions of how the world works.

    Consequently, I do not question the President’s sincerity or motives. Instead, I question his grossly uninformed judgment. An understanding of the workings of the world, learned at his father’s knees, of a new world order, heralding an age of peace and prosperity for all: this is the flaw of character. To observers of the American scene, Mr. Bush’s belief system should come as no surprise; it is nothing more or less controversial than the value system espoused by modern American liberalism.

    Mr. Bush deserves the honor due any man who unflinchingly speaks his convictions. As a Republican, however, I cannot entirely understand how he came to speak for my party.

  21. And that, allen, is that.

    More Compassion than Conservatism

    A thousand points of Federally funded lights.

    Trials for those that attacked the USS Cole. We have the tools, now!

    JFKerry on steroids, that's what we got with GWBush. But still, JFKerry. Arrest, prosecutions and peace.
    As soon as the Religion of Peace lands, we'll negotiate with those pesky hijackers. So 9-10-01.

    Let's splash 'em before they hit something of value.

  22. You two have got it all figured out, no need for us to vote--thanks! Save gas that way.

  23. buddy larsen,

    re: You two have got it all figured out, no need for us to vote--thanks! Save gas that way.

    Oh, buddy, you overestimate us. For myself, as a true blue genuine Republican, I have litte figured out other than the range of Mr. Bush. Possibly you confuse us with Bush Republicans, such as Fred Barnes and John Podhoretz.