Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Bartlett does his Titanic sequel and pushes his way onto a political life boat, actually any lifeboat, even one for women and children, e.g., Hillary and the Democrats. He's got the balls to abandon ship, but I'd bet Hillary's leather chaps and thong he doesn't have them to tell Hillary she's paddling the wrong way.
Dealing with a Democratic Advantage
The price of purity is political powerlessness.
To recap, I said that no Republican can win the presidency next year. If
one accepts this premise, then if follows that it is in the interest of
conservatives to support the most conservative Democrat running for that party’s
nomination. I went on to say why I think Hillary Clinton may be the most
The point is that there are better and worse Democrats from a conservative
point of view. Those who prefer to go down with the sinking Republican ship may
come to regret that they didn’t try to exercise influence on the Democratic
nomination before the nomination was sewn up.
Bruce and I may have worked some of the same turf, but I'm betting he didn't slog the political hedge rows. We slogged those hedge rows knowing the Rockefeller Republicans and the Democrats would out gun us and out spend us, but we kept on slogging because we knew in our hearts that eventually we would win. We believed in ourselves and our cause.
We didn't quit.
We attended the rallies, the coffee klatches, the speeches in the rain, went door to door, we organized and became part of a revolution. After years in the wilderness, we walked in the front door of the White House and Congress and then as now we knew how to answer, "Are you better off then you were four years ago".
Now, when we need to reorganize, we need back the backbone our leaders gave us then. The big difference is that now we are leading and the once stalwart members, such as Bartlett, are telling us that we have to cover the spread like we're in some cheap OTB parlor. That's not leadership, at any level. It is a form of the basest backroom deal cutting that built Tammany Hall.
To paraphrase, we need to remember "In our heart, we know we're right" and go back to the hard work of rebuilding what the new "Rockefeller Republicans" have undone these last 12 years.
That hard work does not include sweating the details and the degree of Hillary's socialized medicine package.
I would rather be rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. It may not be the saavy plan, but it is the honorable one.
Eco-Extremist Wants World Population to Drop below 1 Billion
Sea Shepherd founder says mankind is a 'virus' and we need to 're-wild the planet.'
Apparently, saving the whales is more important than saving 5.5 billion people.
Paul Watson, founder and president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and
famous for militant intervention to stop whalers, now warns mankind is “acting
like a virus” and is harming Mother Earth.
Watson’s May 4 editorial asked the question “The Beginning of the End
for Life as We Know it on Planet Earth?” Then he left no doubt about the answer.
“We are killing our host the planet Earth,” he claimed and called for a
population drop to less than 1 billion.
The commentary reminded readers that Watson had called humans a disease before and he wasn’t sorry. “I was once severely criticized for describing human beings
as being the ‘AIDS of the Earth.’ I make no apologies for that statement,” the
Watson was invoking the worst of Robert Malthus, an English political economist who claimed that mankind was overpopulating the earth. That claimed first appeared in the late 1700s.
Watson urged some solutions for mankind as part of a process to “need to re-wild
· “No human community should be larger than 20,000 people and separated from other communities by wilderness areas.” New York, London, Paris, Moscow are all too big. Then again, so are Moose Jaw, Timbuktu and even Annapolis, Md.
· “We need vast areas of the planet where humans do not live at all and where other species are free to evolve without human interference.”
· “We need to radically and intelligently reduce human populations to fewer than one billion.”
· “Sea transportation should be by sail. The big clippers were the finest ships ever built and sufficient to our needs. Air transportation should be by solar powered blimps when air transportation is necessary.”
· At least Watson was generous and said people could still talk with one another across great distances. “Communication systems can link the communities,” he proclaimed from on high.
The Watson rant kept on going calling for everything from cutting down on the population of domesticated dogs and cats to cutting down on everything else in what he called “simplify, simplify, simplify.”
Watson essentially called for humans to return to primitive lifestyles. “We need to stop flying, stop driving cars, and jetting around on marine recreational vehicles. The
Mennonites survive without cars and so can the rest of us.”
But, I am not Mennonite. Plus, I am not giving up my poopies. Besides, is an industry that can build a blimp acceptable in this knave new world?
A second night of violence in France. I bet they haven't even really gotten organized, as only anarchists, fascists, communists and muslims can.
I love it when the brilliance of like-minded synapses start sparking together to really shine through the fog of political indecisiveness.