Oh, go on!
Archive for April, 2009
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein
They say an expert is someone who knows more and more about less and less, and who has six limbs. I say Ph.D. programs must be putting out bugs by the thousands.
As a grad student, I have to ask, am I supposed to be growing another pair of appendages, or will they be surgically implanted upon graduation? Is that part of the ‘regalia’ I should buy for the occasion? Is that the reason we need those big robes, to hide the extra arms? At least, I assume they’ll be arms …
Oh, go on!
There’s lots of them out there.
Mark Steyn’s caught my attention for this:
Talk-show host Michael Graham spoke to one attendee at the 2009 Boston Tea Party who remarked of the press embargo: “If Obama had been the king of England, the Globe wouldn’t have covered the American Revolution.”
His comments are, as you can see, aimed at the MSM, and good on him.
Sisu has some commentary on what could be next for the Tea Party, including suggestions in the Washington Examiner that Tea Partiers:
First, don’t abandon the social networking and bottom-up direction that enabled a genuine grassroots phenomenon to coalesce in just a few weeks. …
Second, all politics is still local. …
Third, stop worrying about the mainstream media. Their day is done, yours is coming.
She goes on to quote some Tea Partiers talking about the big motivators: fear of collectivism, fear that the Constitution itself, and with it our way of life, is in danger.
(She also has some good coverage of the Boston Tea Party.)
The big question, the one everyone’s asking, is What next?
I have some ideas I may post in the near future, but for now I have a prediction. The Tea Parties will become powerful to the extent that they address the common concerns of the vast majority of Americans. Those concerns include, but are not limited to, corruption, secrecy, lack of accountability, and financial insecurity.
If the movement can put aside very important but very divisive issues like abortion and homosexual rights in order to focus on areas of common interest, then this movement may improve America for everyone (except the crooks and statists). Once the four common issues I mentioned are resolved, once we have a better, cleaner, more responsible government, then we can get back to the partisan fights.
Go on, then!
A post by Gabriel Malor, his memories of the Murrah Building bombing. That event was formative for many people, both near and far from the physical location. Among other things, it taught me that there are men dedicated to evil who cannot be reasoned with. Many people in this world are so blinded by ideology and lies about history that they cannot understand what you are saying. When those people take the step to kill others, they must be destroyed.
So it’s late and I’m reading Mad Minerva, as I often do, and she has a post up about Obama’s administration having more czars than the Romanov dynasty. So then I’m all about the Czars – great band. I love Magic, Let’s Go … Oh, yeah, I know, but as I was sayin’, it’s late, and so you may think I’m crazy, but these lyrics start going through my head and I’m imagining a video to go along with it.
Obama, in purple jacket and sunglasses, singing to, alternately, Wright, Ayers, Rezko, the Soddy King, Chavez, etc.
You might think I’m crazy to hang around with you. Maybe you think I’m lucky to have something to do (flash Presidential seal). … You might think it’s foolish, what you put me through. You might think I’m crazy, all I want is you. …
Alas, had I just the time to do this properly …
Oh, go on!
Open Blog over at Ace of Spades HQ has an excellent post about how many on the left see the Tea Parties that just took place. It is essential to understand those you don’t agree with for three reasons:
- To truly consider your own positions and test them against the best those who differ can offer,
- To be able to consider and argue against them in the most persuasive way, and
- To anticipate the ways they may argue against your beliefs.
Here’s an excerpt, but the whole thing is well worth reading:
The two things that jump out at me about this are the following:
1) Most of the Left believes that the title of the protests was Teabagging, not Tea Parties.
2) The belief on the Left is that this was a centrally coordinated and executed set of protests from Right Wing Central.
Had a good time at the Tea Party yesterday. ‘Party like it’s 1773’ eh? I like it. No time for a long post today, but here’s one of my favorite pics from the party: