The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. - Wm. Blake

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Gone Quiet

Sorry about the gap there. For a little while I had little to say, then no time to say what was on my mind.

You certainly don't need me, at this late date, to state the obvious about the disastrous (non)response to Katrina. It's kind of astonishing, after the last 4 fever-dream years, that people are finally admitting (to themselves and to one another) that Bush is, in fact, a complete fuck-up. A lot of people never wanted to accept the evidence of their own eyes when it came to Bush's 7 minute freeze-up on 9-11. But I think that Little Nero with his guitar will have a lot of resonance for a long time.

Of course, it's not him that we need to beat anymore (although he does need to be neutered for the next 3 years, and this should help). But what we do need to do is to show America that this is exactly what Republicans have been promising us. This is what Reagan was promoting. This is what Newt and Grover dream of at night. And, above all, this is Compassionate Conservatism. Tell the lost residents of New Orleans that the scariest words in the English language are, "We're from the government, and we're here to help."

A lot of arguments with conservatives and libertarians should be getting a lot shorter from here on out....


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