posted by Justin Oldham
I do think the GOP as we have known it will die on January 20 of 2009. the end of small government advocacy will mean that the Republicans will need
to find a new credo. When they return to national prominence, they may well be the party of fiscal responsibility, but they won't advocate for the
smaller-is-better theory any more. Other platform tenants will also be up for grabs.
1) J/O, you and have bantered back and forth on the “small government” theme but I’m still not sure we are talking about the same thing. You
insist on pressing the deep philosophical argument of Thomas Jefferson, the independent land owing farmer, a time and place where you could post a
letter addressed only to the White House and the mailman has no idea where it is.
I OTOH, argue that we cannot go back to those days of Jefferson for at least three reasons, 1) more people, 2) more land area and 3) a more active
world. On our last go-around, I offered we both ought to be urging GOOD government
instead of SMALL government
as if diminutive size
alone somehow makes government good. In other words, I do not equate size especially small size, as being good. In government. I’m pleased but
never sure if the cheering section really knows what I’m referring to when I say “Bigger is Better.”
Fiscal responsibility on the national scene. We recently proved this can be done and with good side effects on the economy, with the 1993 Internal
Revenue Code which brought us a balanced budget and projected surplus by 2000, only to be squandered in 2001.
As for moderate Democrats...I'll believe that when I see it. My read on Hillary y is that she will not have the luxury of being mild about
anything. Not in her first term, to be sure. I fully expect her to wreck the Republicans as a matter of party domination. She's got old scores to
settle with certain members of Congress who won't be smart enough to retire in 2008 of 20010. In general, I expect the Dem's national committee to
formulate a strategy to ensure party dominance once and for all. They're just too close to achieving total power. If the GOP had not dropped the
ball...and then lost it in the shuffle...I would expect them to do the same thing if they were so close to achieving the kind of total dominion that
the Dems now seem poised to enjoy.
2) Nixon was strong and blemished. He was followed by Ford, who was neither. Yet we have all agreed those 2+ years under Gerald Ford were like a
tranquilizer for the United States. And the more we look back at Ford, the better we like him. Even the Nixon pardon is now well received as
essential for the national healing so much needed and wished for by so many. You might say the “great national nightmare” that began on November
22, 1963, ended when Gerald Ford took the oath of office. See foot note.
The senior Bush presidency following Reagan was much like Ford following Nixon. Not a let-down so much as a pause. I don’t mean to go to far astray
but sometimes cuddling is as rewarding as the more penetrating form of communication. This is how I see Hillary. And Nancy. Sort of a Mothers in
Charge. Akin to the MADD Mothers of the 1970s.
The big 3 on any president’s plate are, Iraq, immigration and health care, skipping the #4, fiscal sanity. This will be enough on any plate for the
next 2 years. Q. How can Iraq’s PM al-Maliki carry on day-to-day when his major ally is constantly harping on going-staying, measuring benchmarks
and etc all in the public eye on worldwide tv?
How many Iraqi cops are killed every day? How many Iraq National Guards are killed every day? For
how long can this continue before the Iraqi government falls. And who is waiting in the wings. Sheik al-Sadar! If you think dealing with al-Maliki is
hard, wait until we tty al-Sadar.
Look, as much as I hate Bush43 we can’t leave Iraq as we did in Vietnam because Vietnam was a paradise compared to Iraq and the Middle East. We had
NO vital interest in Vietnam whereas we have a SURVIVAL interest the Middle East. Did not my own icon FDR, in 1943, promise King Ibn Saud that in
exchange for oil we would guarantee his family dynasty, ad infinitum or was it ad nauseam? Assuming Bush43 will not flinch on his promise to let the
next president decide Iraq, by 2009 we will begin to “draw down” into secure enclaves meant mainly to prevent Iranian intervention in the East and
Turkish intervention in the North and Syrian intervention in the West.
Then when the Iraqi have settled their internal dispute, we can leave a secure Iraq behind, as existed in 2003 before the Bush Shock and Awe
Adventure. If we are lucky we can escape without passing the 5,000 KIA mark. In any case, all of them owe their early demise to Bush43. That’s your
legacy, Dumbya. Let's hope we never forget you.
It is hard to believe Ford was the target of TWO
assassination attempts. Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme in Sacramento in 1975
and Sara Jane Moore in San Francisco, just 3 weeks later. Both women are doing life without parole but if it was up to me, I’d parole them along
with Sirhan Sirhan. Enough is enough. It's time we showed some charity.
[edit on 7/18/2007 by donwhite]