Monthly Archives: November 2008

The Persistence of Resentment

Sometimes there’s just something in the air, and everyone seems to come to the same conclusion all at once, without prompting of any sort. What was perhaps implicit suddenly becomes quite explicit – and it’s not that great minds think … Continue reading

Posted in Attack Politics, Conservatism, Conservative Framing Devices, Fickle Opinion, Joe McCarthy: The Father of Conservatism, Sudden Shifts in Opinion, The Politics of Resentment | Leave a comment

The Problem with Demanding Loyalty

“I promise as a good American citizen to do my part for the NRA. I will buy only where the Blue Eagle flies.”   Yeah, that was the loyalty oath the kids chanted back in the Great Depression – you … Continue reading

Posted in Bush and Loyalty, Bush's Management Style, Bush's Personality, Demanding Loyalty, Loyalty Oaths, Obama the Pragmatist, Obama's Management Style | 1 Comment

Searching for Villains

There’s always that problem in times of change – something really new is going on, it makes you uncomfortable, and you want to explain why you think it, whatever it is, is bad. But of course, since it’s new to … Continue reading

Posted in Conservative Framing Devices, Empty Arguments, Financial Meltdown, Inability to Deal with the New, Nationalizing the Banks, Obama as FDR, Obama the Socialist, Searching for Villains, Stuck With Old Arguments, The Confederate Battle Flag | 1 Comment

Embracing Appropriate Disinterest

Is it possible to be profoundly disinterested? Those two words don’t belong together – but then sometimes they do. The nature of religion, the intricacies and nuances of this theology or that, the moral standards and ethical imperatives that are … Continue reading

Posted in Abortion Rights, Denying Communion to Obama Voters, Gay Marriage, Jefferson on Religion, Proposition 8, Religion and Politics, Religion These Days, The Catholic Vote | 1 Comment

Ask For Real Change and You May Get It

It’s a rule, or should be – when people say they’re tired of the way things have been going, when they’re really fed up, and they throw up their hands and say they want real change, they only want the … Continue reading

Posted in Change Beyond Left and Right, Hegel, Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, Obama Betrays His Supporters, Obama the Pragmatist, Obama's Cabinet Picks, Robert Gates Stays at Defense | 1 Comment

The Kind Of Epochal Events One Reads About In Books

Another Monday and another government bailout – Monday, November 24, it was the Massive 300-Billion Dollar Rescue for Citigroup. Yeah, whatever – you get used to the idea things are falling apart, and that the last fifty-seven days of the … Continue reading

Posted in Bush - Lame Duck, Bush Quits Early, Excellence Over Ideology, Obama Inclusive, Obama Takes Over Early, Obama the Pragmatist, Obama's Economic Team, Obama: What Works | 1 Comment

The Dog Ate My Homework

All those years of teaching, and not once did one student ever use that classic line – the dog ate my homework. Well, once or twice a year one of them grinned and said that – then handed in the … Continue reading

Posted in American Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, Bush Torture Legacy, Bush's Lack of Maturity, Bush's Personality, Obama and Guantanamo, Obama and Torture, Obama as the Grown-Up, The Hague, Torture, War Crimes | 1 Comment