Today, I begin monitoring the chatter coming from the various interests groups on both sides of the aisle. Be prepared for an onslaught of outrage, finger wagging and righteous indignation. The people we quote here approach life with the same sort of absolute certainty and moral clarity as the fury critters in Animal Farm, whose motto was succinct and direct -- "Four legs good. Two legs bad."((Don't be content with only a teaser of this post; read more of this musing.))
Translated for the current debate -- "Us good. Them bad."
If you're on either of the ideological extremes, there will be stuff here every day that will both send you into that lullaby land of rhetorical bliss and paroxysms of spittle-inducing rage.A good read, no matter what your political bent.
If you are among the multitude of Americans in the vast middle of the partisan divide -- the people who reject dogmatic thinking and partisan orthodoxy, who have the audacity to think for themselves and find the knee-jerk partisanship of Washington mind-numbingly boring -- you might think there's nothing here for you.
And here's something from George Will -- a fellow alumnus from that great liberal arts college in Connecticut, Trinity College -- on what might be one lesson learned from the last couple of weeks, and Will's take on rules on how to avoid poverty: Graduate from high school, don't have a baby until you are married, don't marry while you are a teenager. Among people who obey those rules, poverty is minimal.