Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Enter Barack Obama (James Kunstler)

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009) Donate to DU
 
Tace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 10:34 AM
Original message
Enter Barack Obama (James Kunstler)
James Kunstler -- Clusterfuck Nation

Oct. 23, 2006 -- History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes, Mark Twain famously observed. A hundred and fifty years (roughly) after the civil war, the United States faces another possible political convulsion. The earlier one was over slavery, a moral contradiction so stark and awful, that an emerging modern industrial polity could no longer ignore it. The coming convulsion we face in the 21st century is not so much moral but no less stark: the collapse of a faltering industrial polity in the face of depleting energy supplies. Like the earlier dilemma of slavery, our national leaders refuse to face it.

The years just preceding the Civil War, the late 1850s, have some resemblance to our politics today. They were highly polarized. They produced outcomes in politics (the Kansas Nebraska Act, the Dred Scott decision) that allowed a vicious pro-slavery minority to impose their will on the rest of the nation -- just as a fundamentalist Christian minority imposes its will on the public today.

The 1850s were also a time of disarray in the political parties. The Whig party, which had more-or-less run things since the time of Andrew Jackson, dried up and blew away because it ceased to stand for anything. The opposing Democrats of that day had sold their souls to the pro-slavery interests. In this vacuum of cravenness, the Republican Party formed and nominated a failed one-term congressman turned railroad lawyer from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln to run for president.

Now, in 2006, we have two political parties in disarray. The Republicans are hemorrhaging legitimacy in an unsuccessful military adventure and a sewer spill of scandal. The Democrats are going Whiggish -- sinking in a bog of equivocation. And now along comes a first-term senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, as the most appealing figure of authority in a looming presidential contest.

more

http://www.worldnewstrust.com/index.php?option=com_cont...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
INdemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 11:04 AM
Response to Original message
1. The thing about Obama's announcement
This is all we will here from the MSM for weeks to come..I dont think he's ready. As VP ..well he would be better suited for that position..
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
liberalpragmatist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 11:08 AM
Response to Original message
2. "Dems in Disarray!"
Ho-hum. Democrats aren't perfect, but the party is more ideologically coherent than at any point in their history and there's plenty of policy out there that Democrats have produced.

This whole canard that Democrats "have no ideas" or "have no idea what they stand for," is hogwash. Congressional Democrats have some things they have to work on, no doubt, and we still aren't totally on message with foreign policy. But there's nothing to indicate that Democrats are anywhere near a Whiggish death. If the party could survive a full-scale realignment in the 1950s and 1960s, during which time it lost half of its base, it will survive now.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Fri Aug 29th 2014, 03:53 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC