Rhetoric for a Receeding Recession

This is not a political blog.  It’s the reason why I decided my “Politics: A Counter Assault On Reason” post should go private.  If I want to rant on politics (though I’m not political science major) I’d rather start a separate blog entirely for that.

So I’ll keep this brief.   Then, in later entries, I can go back to talking about things which hopefully don’t cause a severe facepalming epidemic, whether it be in support or denial.

McCain’s concession speech was excellent.  I think he would have been a marvelous president.  Even the way he handles the hoots boos from some of the more ignorant members of his party, who apparently believe politicial rally is some kind of Fox News Network audience, with a gracious, “please” cannot help but instil a certain measure of respect for the man.  He would stand up to his own supporters if he felt they weren’t doing the right thing.

I did not vote for him, however, and it’s because I’m afraid the rest of his party does not live up to his standards.  McCain’s “please” of integrity went no further than his own second of command, Palin, who often greeted rowdy displays in her rallies with an approving smile, often from lips that just finished delivering a speech intended to produce that very effect. I cannot respect a party that wantonly endeavors to breed hatred on any level.

Much of what 2008’s Republican party speaks of does not make sense to me.  They speak of a strong military and patriotism, and yet they cut taxes, which weaken the military and the country in general.  They speak of having a reverence for life, yet their tax cuts necessitate the reduction of social programs, and they frequently malign the unfortunate as lazy. They preach religious compassion, but when their policies possess such contradiction, where is the intelligent follow-through that could bridge the gap from ideal to reality?

I was left with only one conclusion, and that was that a party of such contradictions could only be misleading their followers, telling them what they wanted to hear while doing something else: a clear sign of corruption.  McCain, despite his virtues as a man who has given so much to this country, could not hope keep the rest of his party in line.  The Republican party, despite having a reputation for integrity, clearly has a lot of serious thinking to do as to whose interests they represent, not only for future elections but also for the good of this country.

When Obama made his acceptance speech, there was a bit of old America in there, a reminder of our Democratic roots.  When he spoke of his grandmother’s perspective on America through history, he demonstrated that he was aware of where we were coming from, and was in a good position of moving forward.

Obama’s campaign was not entirely clean, McCain complained of not honoring investment agreements, and when negative ads were used they were returned in force… however, I cannot help but think this was done out of honest desperation.  If you are running against a party who you believe is corrupt, who is utilizing underhanded tactics you know are producing results, do you staunchly avoid those tactics if it means allowing the opposing party to win and their corruption continue?  I believe the Democratic party did that in 2000 and 2004, and the consequences for our national debt proved too dire to hold the high ground this time.

I’m a little ashamed of some members of party of choice because they, too, are exhibiting the same kind of ignorance which I saw in booing Republican rallies.  Many people, and the media’s chosen coverage of those people, are making far too big of a deal of Obama being a first colored president.  The color of his skin has little to do with his real asset: he’s a genuinely intelligent candidate, able to think on his feet and he has a genuine desire to make the country a better place.  Give this man credit where it is due, he ran a brilliant campaign, he has the kind of cunning we need in a president.

The trouble is that, to an extent, being excited about a lack of racism is a shadow of racism on the opposite extreme.  A shadow cannot be cast without something being there, and often the existence of the shadow justifies the thing.  A better policy is to accept a lack of racism as it should be accepted: as exactly as things should always have been, and boring that way.  However, I suppose for many this was seen as a sign of relief after decades of repression, so perhaps their elation is understandable despite the logical fallacy of it.

Obama doesn’t make any allusions towards an easy path lying ahead of us.  Though he had promised some tax cuts in order to compete with a Republican agenda that used taxes to bribe votes, it’s not the Democratic method to bleed the government’s coffers.  Tax cuts are essentially breaking the public piggy bank for a short term gain, and come at the cost of weakening our society’s support mechanisms, the foundation upon which an economy stands.

As a Democrat, Obama’s goal should be to strengthen these support mechanisms, and this will be undoing damage over the past 8 years under the Reganomics that, as before, ultimately proved incompatible with economic reality.  That’s going to demand hard work out of the American people.  Whether or not you enjoy Obama’s rule is going to have a lot to do with how much you fear rolling up your sleeves and working off the debt we have accumulated.

As for me, I look forward to working for in America.  But then, I look forward to work in general: I haven’t held a job in over 2 years, a full-time one in over 4.  Given that I was a student for the majority of these years, I’ve a fair excuse.  Still, the unemployment rate in my neck of the woods is currently 10%, and 1 in 10 people competing for a job with someone as badly out of practice as me are very poor odds.

The Counter Assault Of Reason: Shortened

When I had written my previous (now private) “counter assault on reason” entry, it was spurred by this.    This video generated a lot of attention on YouTube because quite a few interpreted it as Obama flipping off McCain. This, to me, indicates a serious problem. If I could get you to believe that’s Obama flipping off McCain, I can get you to believe just about anything.

Too much of America is too easily duped.  They had been taught to choose a side and gravitate to its greatest extreme; to grow angry and react harshly without considering both sides of an issue.  In doing so, they had lost their capacity to think for themselves.  When you have robbed a person of independent thought, you have opened the door for tyranny through that person.

I called for no less then a organized campaign of skilled psychologists, diligent educators, enlightened religious leaders, and others who have an interest to bring true critical thinking faculty back to those who have lost it.  I would go so far as to classify the unteachable as mentally handicapped and cut our losses.  I feel the problem is that extreme.

With an electorate landslide victory in Obama’s favor, perhaps I spoke too soon.  Much of America is alive and thinking after all, and I should have had more faith in my fellow countrymen and women.

The popular vote was still way too close for me to have gained an unshakable confidence for the fate of future elections.  While I very much respect McCain, that his party ran a campaign of mudraking and intimidation and managed to generate that many supporters indicates that there’s serious work to be done in order to get many people within the United States thinking clearly again.

Not too long ago, Al Gore wrote a book by the name of The Assault On Reason.  I like to think that this election is a sign of country-wide recognition that the world is changing.  To do without reason is no longer a luxury we have, as we must be able to reason to change with the world.  Even without a task force dedicated to these aims, it seems the counter assault of reason has begin.

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