Funny, if it weren’t so pathectically sad

ObamaThis came in an email from our friend Mary — the heading is the words she used.

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9 responses to “Funny, if it weren’t so pathectically sad

  1. Zippy

    Robert Reich makes a good point, but I’m not sure how to fix it:
    What we learned in August is something we’ve long known but keep forgetting: The most important difference between America’s Democratic left and Republican right is that the left has ideas and the right has discipline. Obama and progressive supporters of health care were outmaneuvered in August — not because the right had any better idea for solving the health care mess but because the right’s attack on the Democrats’ idea was far more disciplined than was the Democrats’ ability to sell it.

    More here

  2. Ya know, Zippy, I do understand and no one would be able to disagree with this premise and truth, but I must say right out loud — disciplined people are just not my kind of people.

    How boring. What kind of surprises will life bring them?

    The worst part of this is I have no idea what to do about it either! We must learn discipline! At least for a while…

    “This is my depressed stance. When you’re depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand. The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you’ll start to feel better. If you’re going to get any joy out of being depressed, you’ve got to stand like this.”
    Charlie Brown

    • Zippy

      The first problem: we need some agreement on what we can accomplish, and how it can be (accurately) framed in terms a moron can understand.

      That was Obama’s genius during the election, but when you five competing plans and some Blue Dog going “naaaa. .” what are you gonna do?

      I think indeed that we need more Al Frankens to help sort through the clutter.

      “I don’t belong to any organized political party. I’m a Democrat” — Will Rogers

  3. You’re asking us to agree?

    Whoa, we got problems.

    I personally think we need to learn from Senator Ted Kennedy who held out back when Nixon offered way less than Americans deserved. If we had taken something then, we could maybe be at, or close to, single-payer today.

    But, that’s me.

    How about you?

    • Zippy

      Me? I favor ending the expen$ive assault on our own citizens’ lives. If I thought the ‘coop’ idea would do that, I would support it. Since it probably guarantees business-as-usual, I don’t.

      As to finding agreement, well the minimum congressional agreement is obviously 50%+1 votes. Beyond that, the Repubs can take their fucking football and go home.

      They’re screwing with people’s lives, in some instances quite literally.

      But to see non-reform reform only kicks the can down the road, and give a perfect excuse for it to never happen or–at best–a new initiative for Obama in term two.

      In the meantime, we need to get a hell of a lot better at soundbyte politics. I hate that shit, and of course the Hannitys will, without the slightest glimmer of irony awareness, condemn it as protest-march sloganeering, which it is.

      But it works. We’ve seen that.

      Jon Stewart had a fascinating segment which, while riduculing Fox News, indicates techniques that the hard right love to exploit, and thinking people must use. . .to a degree. . .

    • Zippy

      Oops. TMW link (thanks, again, Dan and Colin):
      http://thismodernworld.com/4870

  4. Zippy, sure wish you weren’t in Arizona. I’m selfish, I know, but it would be nice if you were here.

  5. Zippy

    Zippy, sure wish you weren’t in Arizona. I’m selfish, I know, but it would be nice if you were here.

    Yeah, I know. I got family in Wichita and that general longitude that I haven’t seen in quite a while. I was going to try to come for the Winfield festival this year, but it just wasn’t in the cards (sigh. . .).

  6. “The real enemy of the truth, is not the bald-faced lie, but the myth.”

    John F. Kennedy

    The progressives need to make better myths. For that, is the stock-in-trade of the GOP. For example, “Death Panels”, “the U.S. was founded on Christian principles”, etc., etc.