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Well, that's what led up to his actual resolution to enjoy the fruits of a sound constitutional democracy at work for the first time a long while.
From A New Leaf
It was an election the Republicans lost, rather than one the Democrats won.
I’ll take it, but I have no illusions, and the Democrats shouldn’t either, if they know what’s good for them. Now that they have gained a little power and they have a voice, I hope they will take strong and moral positions on the great questions of our time, and show us why they should be given a further mandate in 2008.
I hope they’ll be honest, hard-working, inspirational, effective and worth voting for again. They only have two years, and there is a big mess to clean up, and the Republicans will probably try to block a lot of their efforts, but today, at least, I have hope.
This impressed and reverb'ed with me as much as 'twere a guilty pleasure of its own: Politics! Don't let anybody know you're into it!
So when BG brought up a good point in a comment, I was goin' again.
The whole *horrible cloud not hanging over our heads anymore* feeling.Rather than rantin' and ravin' on a post where the host is proferring less of the same, well, it just seems a little obtuse for me, so I'll finish what I started as follows.
...what Bush&Co.’s been doing has not *directly* affected me. But, still it has. Hard to explain.
I think it's been so important to talk politics these last few years because thousands of people have been dying for a U.S. point of view, as negotiated amongst Dictators.
It effects us all if our governments are seen as untrustworthy and brutally archaic.
We don't pay nearly enough for petroleum - in cost of human life and to the ecosphere in which we've evolved - to claim our post Cold War MiddleEast agenda is superiour in anything but the technology it's fertilized. And it lacks in quality controls in favor of freedom for the financiers, which seriously impugns upon the security of the lives of the billions of players in the Human version of the game of Life.
I say we get our Tech together politically, our Science Globally confirmed and acclaimed, and our Morals empiricized in the sectarian realms of our civilizations. Let's step back from one another and apologize to each other. Then take a little time, 4 years? 10? Maybe a couple o' decades 'til a full-fledge rapproachment in a truly global Economy.
If we all ain't ready, neither side benefits at a cost of Lives. That's the only Golden rule. Every individual can put their own life on the line for their own reasons, but never that of another.
That'll give the Euro's time to integrate as a single Trade Entity (and reluctantly, Sovereign nation.) China will be able to afford to securely fulfill their promise of evolving into a more democratic Society. The US will find itself unable to shrug off the dying, and mentally, and emotionally exhausted children in our own Societal care. We have the Capital to ensure the health of all our citizens, legal and otherwise, without disrupting the great runs of Industrial creativity which Capitalism insists is the basis of its claim to Responsibility for the size of the profits it claims from the pool of available resources which are the true crux of modern morality.
The Middle East will need its own empirical and objective ramadan in which to decide what its Oil - and the Westerners who want and need it - is really worth in terms of Islamic law*. I hope they can join the group for which deliberate and strategic destruction of Human Life is anathema.
Boy-O do I hope my country can too. If I've learned anything that makes me proud for the simple fact of my nation of birth, it was all the hope and joy and promise from all across it's measurables. People do care about our rights and freedoms and how we feel about our country's effect on the rest of the species.
So, while I know I'll continue to post on an abundant supply political putrefactions, I salut and say thanks to everyone in my chosen haunts of the blogosphere for your personal involvement via the expression of your right to Speech.
* Of course I'd rather see Islamic governments go Secular. It's their peoples' call to make though, in a few very different traditions.
THAT's the message I hope this Congress gets through to the Decider.