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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Kumabaya's teh Thing

And you thought the economy, or the War, or secret torture prisons, or global warming, or the corporate subversion of the United States Constitution was the most important issue on the minds of voters today.

Not so, according to The New York Pravda

...Edmund Case, a 38-year-old marketing executive, walked away from a rally for Mr. Obama here on Saturday impressed by his call to bridge the partisan divide. He said that he would not choose his candidate until Tuesday...

“Anyone who recognizes the value of bringing both parties to the table — that means real compromise — then that’s good,” Mr. Case said. “Obama has that. McCain seems to have that, too.”

Mr. Obama, whose mentor was Joe Lieberman. Lieberman, who fields tough questions for John McCain and supports his bid for the Presidency. Lieberman, bff of the Clintons. Not to mention sidestepping the Democratic process to get elected Senator again, and giving Gore the worst possible advice in 2000 as VP candiate. Lieberman, a double, triple, or multiplex agent for somebody or several somebodies if there ever was one.

The New York Pravda today also runs a lengthy opinion piece on just how passe all those partisan opinions are:

We Agreed to Agree, and Forgot to Notice

...if you listen closely, you might hear something — a faint but persistent tapping at the window that economists, criminologists and biologists say is the sound of change arriving anyway. From capital punishment to global warming to homosexuality to abortion, many of the social issues that divide us are shifting and evolving — perhaps even in some instances into a new consensus, or at least, and no less profoundly, toward a reframing of the old debates...

Many of the great debates, in short, have become a bit passé, precisely as anticipated by President John F. Kennedy. “Most of us are conditioned for many years to have a political viewpoint — Republican or Democratic, liberal, conservative or moderate,” Mr. Kennedy said in a 1962 news conference. But, he said, most problems had become “technical problems, administrative problems; they are very sophisticated judgments which do not lend themselves to the great sort of passionate movements which have stirred this country so often in the past.”

No, there have been no passionate debates in the country since 1962. We just thought there were, that's all. Viral memes and all that.

...Professor Bunzl at Rutgers, who works on climate change and energy issues, said that the quieting of controversy could speak louder than the clamor of the fight itself.

“There is much more change going on than we realize,” he wrote in an e-mail message. “And one way it expresses itself is how all of a sudden we realize that what was an issue no longer matters.”

Indeed, in his Iowa speech, Mr. Obama seemed to suggest that even having a conversation about healing and coming together was outdated, and that it’s what you do next, with a consensus and a community made real through action, that matters.

“We are one nation, we are one people,” he said. “And our time for change has come.”

Just be quiet and go with the program and it will all work out, because it's all good. Now, where have I heard that before?

Bipartisanship on anything that matters isn't just date rape, no matter what Grover Norquist says.

It's a perversion of the form of a Republic to an invading Imperial meme that's designed to take over the system for the new and improved squeeky clean version of the Company.

What this country needs isn't singing around the campfire.

What this country needs is a good flamethrower.

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