Archive for September, 2007

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Here is the view from the front porch swing of our house in Murfreesboro.

Movin’ on moveon

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

The “General Betray Us” ad in the New York Times reminds me of the new Osama Bin Laden video. They are both astonishingly revealing of the minds behind them, and their lack of connection to reality. The smug fantasies that have captured the minds of moveon.org and Al Qaeda have made them oblivious to the effect their propaganda has on its target audience. The George Soros funded moveon.org is a major contributor to the Democratic Party. I quote: “In the last year, grassroots contributors like us gave more than $300 million to the Kerry campaign and the DNC, and proved that the Party doesn’t need corporate cash to be competitive. Now it’s our Party: we bought it, we own it, and we’re going to take it back.” That is hyperbole of course, but not nearly as untrue as Moveon’s portrayal of General Petraeus as a liar and a traitor. I am becoming more and more optimistic about the GOP 2008 electoral chances.

If anything can swing the elections in the Republicans’s favor, it is attaching the image of wacko defeatism to the Democrats. That’s not the brand you want to have in an American election. My father, a life-long liberal, voted for a Republican for President only once in his life, and that was a vote for Richard Nixon over George McGovern. This, in spite of the fact that McGovern and my father were both WWII B-24 bomber pilots, and that George McGovern was a personal friend of my Dad’s brother-in-law, my uncle Fred.

The majority of Americans are not in the get-out-of-Iraq-now-at-any-cost camp, but the majority of Democratic primary voters are. This makes being a Democratic Presidential candidate a slippery, treacherous proposition. Hillary Clinton has navigated these rapids, so far, with almost super-human agility, but the upcoming white water of the general election will make the primaries look like ripples in a pond. As General George Patton said, “Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser.” In spite of the inroads made by decadence over the last 60 years, I believe that is still the case. When Clinton goes up against Giuliani or McCain or Thompson, we shall see whether it’s still true or not.

No Opinions dot com? No! No!

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Posted by Andy

On the contrary, your influence is felt–and appreciated–at the highest levels. Your blog in its present form is indispensable in shaping policy. Stay the course.
–Dick

Heckuva job, Nicko. Your influence is felt–and appreciated–at the highest levels. Your blog in its present form is indispensable in shaping policy. Stay the course.
–W

An emphatic second to that. Here at Foggy Bottom we call it “comfort food.”
–LXXX, Condi

Unmatched in its articulate cleanliness.
–Joe

I never miss a post, but why no mention of Barack’s vision for America? Some kind of issue with persons of color?
–Sincerely, Oprah

Gaia is no substitute for Jesus.
–Ann

While several of our monitors have expressed concern about your communications with treasonous defeatist Islamofascist sympathizers, apparently relatives of yours, a rigorous investigation has turned up no evidence of personal disloyalty. In future, however, you might display a little more care in your associations.
–Mike

Fuck you and your fucking blog….
–Harry and Nancy

Pissed off, shmissed off. Let them stew.
–Bill & Fred & all the gang at the Standard

Nolo illegitimi carborundum–don’t let the bastards grind you down!
–Don

Right on!
–Alberto

Solidarity forever! Fond regards,
–Ehud

World War IV needs YOU! ON TO TEHRAN!
–Norm

No Opinions dot com

Friday, September 7th, 2007

I’m considering changing the name of this blog to no-opinions.com. Why should I have any political opinions? It has occurred to me lately that having political opinions is a hobby less useful and potentially more dangerous than any number of other harmless pursuits, like stamp collecting or model airplane building. The vast real world out there neither knows nor cares about my political opinions. Whether or not I vote one way or another, or not at all, matters not a whit, whatever a whit is (via my cousin, Andy, a “whit” is an Old English word, believed to date from the Danish invasion, meaning the “crumb” or “speck” that falls from one’s lips as one enjoys a piece of pastry). My influence on political policy is nil. That’s the plus side. The minus side is that having political opinions pisses off more or less half of the people to whom they are expressed, no matter what the opinions or who the recipients are. The effort and time spent to develop and maintain any opinions whatsoever on the war or the economy or farm subsidies or Roe v. Wade, gay marriage, etc., is a futile waste by any rational analysis. There is nothing to be gained for anyone, and there are friends, associates, customers, and clients to be lost.

My politial science Professor brother, Jeff, has this to say about that:

“The point of developing, articulating and sharing political opinions can never be that you are going to change the world. That’s a sort of influence exercised by a tiny minority of any community. Instead, it is a way of participating in a public community of shared institutions and participating responsibly in its public affairs through your small contribution to keeping political leaders accountable to the public at large. If you cease to do that, you are declaring yourself an exile from your own community, even a traitor to your own community. You are modeling a behavior that, if generalized to the whole public, abdicates all power over public officials to small, organized, highly self-interested groups. It amounts to a declaration that democracy is worthless and should be abandoned in favor of authoritarian regimes controlled by narrow, self-interested elites.”

Yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever, that’s all true of course, but from a personal point of view, a game-theory point of view, it begs, it fails to answer, the age-old question, “What’s in it for me?” And from a conservative, libertarian point of view, there is the credo, “If there isn’t anything in it for me, then what the Hell is there in it for anyone?” It’s the antidote to Kant’s categorial imperative, “act only in accordance with that maxim through which you can at the same time will that it become a universal law.”. This is the universal law of the Left, whose ambition is to enforce their laws universally. We must all drive Prius’s or die, for the sake of Gaia. Heck, I even believe in Gaia. I mean, how much acid do you have to drop before you realize that the Earth is a living organism of which we are the sensory organs? I mean, dude!? It’s obvious!

So, I tried out my new no-opinions life strategy in the San Francisco Bay Area this August, as we journeyed to the land of the cutting edge, the mother lode, the source of all future lifestyle choices, and the home of my grandchildren. I have to say, it, our journey, was quite successful, at least in a negative sense. I didn’t piss anyone off, to my knowledge, durng the entire week, a new record for me. And, by the time we returned home to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the world was not any less, or more, saved than it had been before we left, near as I could tell.