What do you have in mind for this blog, anyhow?

People like cheap thrills. On television and YouTube, they want to see forests blazing; hurricane waters floating cars away; cars crashing into patrolmen, pedestrians, and restaurants; baseball games with five, six, seven homeruns; defensive backs cutting pass receivers in half; husbands or wives learning of spousal infidelity or the end of a marriage on the Jerry Springer Show; etc. etc.

Q: What’s that got to do with this blog?

A: I don’t want to feature cheap thrills here. Meaning, I want to be part of an adult, responsible discussion of issues that matter. The cheap-thrills approach would mean we just sling silly insults back and forth. Right-siders will call every left-sider a socialist, a Dummercrat, and a fool; Left-siders will call every right-sider a heartless, self-centered Scrooge. If that’s what you do for fun, you can find plenty of blogsites to accommodate you. But how about stopping in here, too, every once in a while, and digging in a little deeper? Being serious can be loads of fun.

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4 Responses to What do you have in mind for this blog, anyhow?

  1. EOS says:

    As a self-described political junkie, I read everything I can find on the state of our Nation. And no, not just FWIW. I do admit to having a conservative leaning but I like to think I vote for the person, not the party. For example, I was not a McCain fan, thought he’d be awful as President and wondered what he was thinking to even consider Palin. But when I looked at what Obama stood for, what I thought he could/would bring to Americans, I couldn’t in good faith cast my vote for him. I was most concerned that Obama had zero managerial experience. IMO, I’d say that is exactly what has prevented him from being successful. I was a Bush fan in his first term but left his camp when he lost focus. I can’t imagine a harder job than being President, especially in today’s world – everyone so derisive, so spiteful. No meeting of the minds. I think no matter who comes in after Obama, there are no answers. Americans are hurting financially and when the wallet hurts, the rest of you hurts. I do not have a degree in psychology, but I did spend the night at a Holiday Inn Express.

    • Here’s what I thought about McCain during the ’08 campaign: He wasn’t up to the task. He used to be a man of principle, a few years ago, at least compared with the general run of politicians. I’d have rated him high on Integrity. But he’s really past his prime. Quite a long way past. And I don’t think presidents should START their terms when they’re already in observable decline. (McCain’s performance in the town-hall-style debate, where he wandered around looking lost, was troublesome, to put it gently.) And when he named Palin as his running mate, the move seemed shockingly desperate and ill-advised; that in itself was enough to call his judgment into question. I think he wanted so much to be president that he would have been willing to do just about anything to win–and he almost surely didn’t look at himself in the mirror and ask, “Am I really up to this?”

      In short, McCain was a war hero and, for a long time at least, an admirable man. But that’s not sufficient qualification.

      As for Obama, I liked what I saw during the campaign. To a large extent I was relieved that if he won we’d have an articulate president for the first time in eight years. I also liked that he spoke out unequivocally against the war in Iraq, that he explained the Reverend Wright thing with a degree of thoughtfulness and credibility that I respect, and that his demeanor exuded patience rather than impulsiveness. (In fact, it did sometimes occur to me that he took “Joe Cool” a bit too far: He seemed mildly amused in response to situations that should have genuinely irked him.)

      Somewhere along the line I’ll spell out what I’ve found disappointing in Obama’s performance so far, but I’ll stop here for now. Thanks for your reasonable comment.

  2. EOS says:

    I agree with your McCain reply 1000% .

    As for Obama, odd that his demeanor exuded patience during the campaign but now, not so much. He’s always frowning, looks frustrated, doesn’t speak well or eloquently anymore, but the biggest difference I see in Obama before and after is his loss of passion.

    • Walter Rigo says:

      Obama looks like he plays politics as much as anyone. How is that a “change”? LLS said McCain wasn’t up to the job, but is Obama up to it? He’s a good speaker, sometimes. He’s probably smarter than Bush. What else makes him qualified to be head honcho? Speaking skills and IQ ain’t enough. (Just using LLS’s reasoning here, the standard he used to dismiss McCain.)

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