Re: Sympathetic

Subject: Re: Sympathetic
From: David Mooney (
Date: Thu Nov 04 2004 - 16:04:40 EST

Richard Wentk wrote:
> I'm tending - perhaps optimistically - to see Bush The Sequel as an
> opportunity for the far right to over reach itself and eventually burn
> itself out. I think the US needs to get this out of its system, and once
> the fallout settles (possibly literally) it may yet turn out that everyone
> will be a lot more realistic about what a far right agenda means in
> practice. Perhaps even in a Never Again kind of a way.

<soapBox>For more along these lines, perhaps less
optimistically, see Thomas Frank's new book, What's the
Matter with Kansas? His premiss is that the Republicans have
successfully shifted emphasis away from issues that
governments rightly deal with (economics, foreign policy)
onto the "culture wars" (Christ in piss, gay marriage, etc.)
that government's have no business messing with. So the 51%
votes for those issues and meanwhile the US economy is
gutted for the benefit of CEOs. We're heading straight back
to 19th century laissez-faire capitalism, folks, and the
people most adversely effected by it are the very ones who
are voting the Bushies into office. I hate to say it, but
Nixon was right: There is a great Silent Majority out there,
and they're idiots.</soapBox>

OK. I'm done. Signs off the lawn. Doors bolted. TV off

David Mooney

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