Saturday, December 31, 2005

The Last Post of the Year

Well, the tumultous year that was 2005 has come to a close. This post won't be long, but I just wanted to share some quick thoughts.

This was a rough year for President Bush. Whether it was the Katrina mess, the Terri Schiavo mess, Plamegate, the Harriet Miers mess, the domestic spying mess, torture, and troubles in Iraq--he's taken some hits. His supporters will blame the "liberal media," but he really has to take the heat for this. Undoubtedly, there have been those in the press drunk on anti-Bush zeal, but Bush has control of three branches of government, and an electorate that in many cases seemed to overlook even the most blatant lapses in judgment. Heck, the Dems are out of power. This was his accountability moment.

It's been lousy for Republicans this year. I almost feel sorry for them. I had predicted that the Republican victory in 2004 would be followed by an overreach that would cost them. I had no idea it was happen so quickly, and so brazenly. The naked hubris displayed was astounding. There was the aforementioned Schiavo disgrace, the Nuclear option mess, the increases in spending, Tom goes on and on.

That being said, the Dems have a lot of opportunities to lead, but there is still the problem of the fact that the Democratic Party is basically fractured. We seem unable to offer up a sustained alternative to Bush's policies, without going off the deep end (a la Howard Dean). Jack Murtha thinks we ought to withdraw our troops. He's no coward, but he's wrong on the issue. Dean doesn't think we can win in Iraq. The only high-ranking Dem consistently for staying the course is Joe Lieberman, and I guess, Hillary.

It was a rough year for New Orleans, who suffered the wrath of nature, politics, and incompetence.

It was a good year of TV. We had some damn good TV this year. Rome. Deadwood. Battlestar Galactica. 24. The Office. Lost. Everybody Hates Chris. It was good year.

It was a good year for comics. A good year for video games.

And despite the daily casualties, and all the mess here at home, it was a good year for the Iraqis, who managed to vote in three successful elections, and give a purple thumbs up to democracy.

And, at the end of the day, it was good overall, all things considered.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

The Iraqis Vote. A Relative Success

Read the story here.

There's still more work to be done, but this is another great day.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Quotes of Wisdom

"The ballot is stronger than the bullet."

-Abraham Lincoln

In the context of our current struggle, we can also say that the ballot is stronger than the bullet, the car bomb, the beheader, the missile, the madrassah...

"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.


"Madness is rare in individuals - but in groups, political parties, nations, and eras it's the rule."


I think that one sums up the problem with ideologues perfectly.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Blog Recommendation: Booker Rising

I'm always on the lookout for great blogs, covering the whole of the political spectrum. Do check out Booker Rising. It's a great site run by black moderates and conservatives, discussing issues important to the black community at large (as well as America in general), all while paying homage to the great Booker T. Washington.

At the risk of tooting my own horn, a lot of my articles at Centerfield are carried on their blog. I'm moving up in the world, baby!