The Elections

Two pundits write of the election tomorrow. James Howard Kunstler says “It’s really too late for both parties. They’re unreformable.” “Conservative” Carol Platt Liebau says she’s going to vote straight Republican and gives 6 pretty lousy reasons she insists are “good”.

Kunstler (whose blog title I lament while fully understanding it):

Its just one of those tragic moments in history – like 1850s America, when a strange vacuum of thought occupied the heart of political life, and the scene was cluttered up with mere place-holders like Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, and James Buchanan …
The proud winners of seats in congress and the senate might as well put on clown suits and little pointed hats on Wednesday morning and drive around the Washington monument in toy cars.  There will be a desperate need for a new politics in this country, for people unafraid to tell the truth and act in the genuine public interest.

For once, I think Kunstler is overdoing it — but in parts I didn’t quote, not the ones I did quote. I don’t think that the mortgage documentation problem will “paralyze the real estate industry for as far ahead as anyone can see,” nor do I think we’re apt to have a military coup just because nobody in either party dare tell the truth.

The “conservative” (yes, I think scare quotes are necessary when using that term of the TownHall.com folks):

1. I want to live in an America where economic success is celebrated – not penalized …
2. I want ObamaCare repealed …
3. I want the federal government to reverse its metastatic growth …
4. I want a House and Senate that respects the popular will …
5. I want to be able to disagree with Democrats without being slandered …
6. I want to be free …

The captions are as good as it gets. Read the column to see how vacuously she fleshes them out.

“An America where economic success is celebrated” means extending the “Bush tax cuts.”

Reversing metastatic growth’s a nice idea, but I have no reason why she’s believe the Republicans on that any more than Charlie Brown would trust Lucy not to do the bait-and-switch with the football again.

Does she really think that voting straight Republican will stop Democrat slander? (And what of Republican slander)? Doesn’t she remember Bush Derangement Syndrome? (Or Obama Derangement Syndrome?)

“Wanting to be free” turns out to have something to do with substituting Republican elites for Democrat elites, which begs the question of why to vote Republican.

Finally, she resorts to the hubristic closer of believing in American exceptionalism.

I don’t recall the last time I voted for third party candidates, but I’m likely to tomorrow (I’m so conservative I don’t vote until Election Day.)

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I am a retired lawyer and an Orthodox Christian, living in a collapsing civilization, the modern West. There are things I'll miss when it's gone. There are others I won't. That it is collapsing is partly due to calculated subversion, summarized by the moniker "deathworks." This blog is now dedicated to exposing and warring against those deathwork - without ceasing to spread a little light.
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