Folding, spindeling, and mutilating lauguage for fun since Aug, 2004
Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Oh no you don't, Media.

You don't get to spend the whole LAST presidential election saying that Kerry would be a bad president because he's a stiff, due to his complete LACK of a sense of humor, and because his penchant for precisely answering the question can be percieved as "waffeling"...

...and then turn around and say Huckabee isn't "Presidential" because he's hilarious and has a shoot-from-the hip style.

Pile on one for being academic and humerless, and then turn around and pile on another because he has a quick come-back for almost everything?  Sheesh.

Huckabee wouldn't make a terrible president because he is funny, quick-witted, charming, and takes rhetorical risks.

Huckabee would make a terrible president because his approach to the world is trapped in the middle ages, because he thinks that he has a little man trapped in a book who will give him all the answers, and because he thinks that Chuck Norris (who, despite being a terrible actor, and a horrible judge of politics, is STILL the guy who I looked up to as a young Karateka) is a cherry political endorcement. 


Wednesday, 19 December 2007 06:08:28 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [3] |  |  | #
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 10:12:16 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Trees --

I'm actually crafting my first ever political statement for my blog. The gist: DO NOT ELECT HUCKABEE. HE'S ANTI-AMERICAN.

I'm not joking when I say that. He stands completely opposed to *every single principle that our Founding Fathers were willing to die for* in order to create this country.

What terrifies me -- makes my blood go cold, and leaves me wondering if I should be looking to buy a sextant, a two masted ketch, some nautical charts, supplies, and set sail with my family for Australia -- is how so much of the country seems to be behind him.

What happened to my country? Did the fall of the twin towers really signal the end of a time of peace, liberty, and enlightenment? Were we always, at our core, a bunch of superstitious bullies waiting for the right time to wack anybody who disagrees with us in the name of Gah-wud?

I feel more and more like a relic of brighter age. I keep expecting to say "Before the dark times. Before the Empire," and *mean* it.
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 10:30:51 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)

What freaks me out is the constant appeal to Enlightenment priciples combined with an unblinking rejection of all of the moral and ethical implications of the Enlightenment.

I've always thought that the most woefully mis-applied quote was one from Thomas Jefferson...the one about how the tree of liberty must be periodically watered with the blood of tyrants and partiots? It was in a letter responding to American hysteria over the Shay's rebellion. Founding fathers here in the country at the time saw it for what it was: a "pebble moment". You know, the moent that God hits you with a pebble to give you a warning that you're about to be hit with a brick?

Jefferson, far away in France and insulated from the underlying issues, discounted it as a tempest in a tea-pot.

He shrugged off the inequities and the tyrranies that contributed to the rebellion, glossed over the near-seizure of a federal armory, and minimized the danger of relying on other states to voluntarily help rectify oppression and rebellion alike in neighboring states. Madison's vision of a Confederacy continuously ebroiled in civil war didn't faze him a bit.

So he opposed the constitution, and came out with a number of gems like that, which I believe he would never have written were he not far away fromt eh source of the turmoil.

I fear that ideological estrangement from reality is causeing the same effect. We've missed a whole string of pebbles, and the bricks are getting bigger.

The most passionatly prooted solutions appear to be to build more brick factories.

Ironically enough, Jefferson's quote is being used to promote the very ideas that will bring about the necessity of implementing it.

Wednesday, 19 December 2007 10:33:20 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Wow. My keyboard is seriously malfunctioning lately.
I meant "The most passionatly promoted solutions appear to be to build more brick factories."

There are typos everywhere in everything I write lately.
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