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On domestic policy, I think Obama will win hands down. On foreign policy, it will depend on how well the American electorate grasps the magnitude of the Bush failure. Are we past the fear of the Islamic-boogeyman-hiding-under-the-bed? Are American voters open to a smarter, less militaristic approach? Maybe it won't matter. Maybe people are so pissed off about spending $100 to fill their gas tanks, all else pales in comparison.

I'm old enough to remember the 1973 Arab oil embargo. Now here we are 35 years later - still in the same fix - driving our SUVs and scratching our heads. Amazing.

Ed D.


Is there a firm source for the quote, "He doesn't trust us to make decisions for ourselves and wants the government to make them for us. And that's not change we can believe in," McCain said Tuesday.

That is the most anti-democratic thing I've heard in a long time. Somebody ought to re-instruct McCain that in a democracy, "we" are the "government." Seems he is deeply confused on that matter.

This is the main strategy of the right since Reagan first uttered that Government is the problem. I remember having to get 3 stitches in my jaw from where it hit the cement... completely drop-jawed... He's telling me that I'm the problem?

It was the beginning of the Machiavellian strategy. The Prince need not worry if the people don't love him... as long as they don't love each other.

That's why Obama's "WE" strategy works so well. We want our tribe back, our hoop of the nation mended.

So if you have a minute, where did that McCain quote come from?

Thanks Lance... love your writing.


Ed, I got it from the AP story I linked to, but the story is just quoting from his speech Tuesday night, and the transcript of the speech is posted on the Maverick and Commander's website. The lines are about three quarters of the way down.

You're right about how the Right's been trying to con us out of the idea of self-government for decades. The "us" they're always talking about is themselves. Maybe that fact's finally becoming obvious to all the rest of us.

The Right trusts know our place.

And thanks, Ed, I'm glad you enjoy the blog.

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