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The Revolution Took Place, Was Televised and Is Passing Us Bye

 

Promoted. Originally posted 2008-12-30 23:29:36 -0500. -- GH

But, dammit, some of these far Lefties are an ignorant pain in the butt. They become most insufferable when standing on the molehill of their own egotistical self-righteousness and exercise an ideological purity that leads to the same excesses of thought that those on the Right exercise.

The bill allowing the financial bailout was an example. Whilst the right-wing was ludicrously railing against it as a socialist measure, the left was aghast at the idea of taxpayer money funding the greed of the fat cats of Wall Street.

Many of us argued that shoring up the financial system was essential if an instant international implosion was not to occur, the consequence of which would have damaged and caused pain to ordinary people right across this interconnected world of ours, the like of which had never been seen.

“So what?” came the response from the Right. Let the businesses fail, that is what free markets are about, they yelled. The people benefited from their unlimited credit card facilities, now they must pay. There is no such thing as a free lunch.

“So what?” also came the response from the Left. Let the institutions of financial exploitation fail and the ordinary people will be the new heroic but necessary martyrs of the revolution. To build, you must first destroy.

So joined the Left and Right, ready to sacrifice others in order to maintain ideological purity. It was ever thus; the sad story of our societies is the story of alliances between their extremes.

A happy Christmas and a new year of civil unrest

 

Christmas Eve is a poor time to deliver a dark message of Christmases to come. Yet delivered it must be.

It is prompted by listening to an item on the BBC Today programme early this morning. A month or so ago, a group of people in a typical, fairly comfortable town in England, Watford, had been interviewed about the recession. They had obviously expressed concern at the financial events but they were somehow felt to be remote, something the government would fix and that they could work their way through. Good times would come back, didn’t they always?

Dogville, Alaska, USA

 

The British television channel Film Four gave a showing two nights ago of the movie “Dogville” by the Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier, starring Nicole Kidman.

For those who have not seen it, it is extremely difficult to give a meaningful synopsis. Three hours long, filmed on a stage with virtually no scenery, it is an extremely dark, Brechtian-like tale of a young beautiful girl, fleeing her mobster father, who seeks sanctuary in a small Colarado town. At first the town’s people demand she earns the right to stay, then embraces her before finally enslaving her and subjecting her to every indignity, including continual rape. This is not withstanding the love of one its leading spokespeople, a liberal who becomes not simply a self-justifying bystander but an aider and abetter of her degradation. It is a study in the social, psychological and philosophical dimensions of hypocrisy and intolerance of small town America. It is also a damning indictment of greed, power and moral hypocrisy existing in all communities.

Some of us are so fed up with Obama

 

Really, though, Obama has gone too far. He is still weeks away from being President but he is already making some of us annoyed.

Look at the facts, all you Obama lovers. Even in this period of waiting for office, he has had plenty of opportunity to make mistakes. He could say the wrong thing, rile whole groups and, above all, make just one appointment to send groups of armed citizens rushing to take control of Capitol Hill.

He has failed miserably.

Hey ho, I suppose even Obama needs to stretch things a bit

 

Promoted by Roxy - originally published 2008-11-16 15:23:12 -1000

There has been very little comment about Obama’s first Youtube address to the nation. It has varied from “future ones need some puppies and/or music to make them more appealing” to “Well, he isn't President yet” and all the way to the Free Republic comments that are desperately trying to continue to fight the election, the loss of which they still do not seem to fully comprehend any more than Sarah Palin does.

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori

 

Today in the UK is Remembrance Sunday. It is the day on which the country remembers its fallen in conflicts from World War 1 onwards.

The main event is at the Cenotaph in London, at the foot of which the Queen lays a wreath. It is a ceremony of great tradition and this is its ninetieth year. It is echoed in towns and villages throughout the country, where memorials are to be found for the fallen.

First Presidential Appointments: I like what I see

So far, I have seen no signs that Barack Obama, in making his first appointments, has bowed to any pressure except to his personal preferences and his own liking of those whom he trusts and in whom he has confidence.

This is the first major, refreshing change from Bush's administration. His pandering to the right-wing religious base during the attempt to appoint the woefully unqualified Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court being one of the worst examples.

We need to quickly get over the significance of the “The First Black President”

Promoted by roxy - originally posted 2008-11-05 13:26:10 -1000. Our friend from across the pond makes some excellent points. Discussion?

To many, many Americans, the meaning and deeply powerful significance of Barack Obama becoming President elect lies so completely in the history of their families and their communities and their nation that any comment from Wales is little more than an impertinence.

Of course, it is not such a remote thing I am not tremendously moved.

Random Notes From Across The Pond

It is Easter. I am minded to let people know that I am still around.

Taxation

Well our now not beloved Labour Government in the UK has introduced its latest budget and, like all its predecessors, taken the cheap shot of raising revenue by increased taxation of motor vehicles, cigarettes and beer. No wonder we are becoming a less sociable nation.

Whatever happened to progressive taxation and why do people accept flat taxation on purchases that ignore income levels and the ability to afford basic necessities on which this is charged?

Cry, Our Beloved Countries

Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire. Let him not be too moved when the birds of his land are singing, nor give too much of his heart to a mountain or a valley. For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much.