Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Two reads: Terry Neal and George Will

From Terry Neal today, as he thinks about Roberts confirmation hearing:
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."

Translated for the current debate -- "Us good. Them bad."
((Don't be content with only a teaser of this post; read more of this musing.))
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.

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.
A good read, no matter what your political bent.

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.

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