A Straight Shot of Politics

A blog from a gentleman of the Liberal political persuasion dedicated to right reason, clear thinking, cogent argument, and the public good.

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I have returned from darkness and quiet. I used to style myself as "Joe Claus", Santa Claus’ younger brother because that is what I still look like. I wrote my heart out about liberal politics until June of 2006, when all that could be said had been said. I wrote until I could write no more and I wrote what I best liked to read when I was young and hopeful: the short familiar essays in Engish and American periodicals of 50 to 100 years ago. The archetype of them were those of G.K. Chesterton, written in newspapers and gathered into numerous small books. I am ready to write them again. I am ready to write about life as seen by the impoverished, by the mentally ill, by the thirty years and more of American Buddhist converts, and by the sharp eyed people [so few now in number] with the watcher's disease, the people who watch and watch and watch. I am all of these.

Friday, July 20, 2007

I Smell Blood

This is to announce that I have moved operations to a new blog: The Empty Sky. I will not be posting on politics there. Until a major change comes, there is really no more to say about politics.

But I will add one footnote. As of today, there is a very good chance that my greatest wish will come true. The 30% of this country for whom George W. Bush can do no wrong, and, particularly, the so-called "values voters", the people who believe that nobody but themselves have any values whatever, are finally on they run.

They have so damaged this country over the past seven years that it is my devout wish that they be totally driven from effective participation in American politics for the next generation. Then those of us with sanity, sense, and moderation will have enough time and can do what is possible to heal what they have greivously wounded and rebuild what they have destroyed.

It just might happen. We just might see a Democratic victory in 2008 as great, or even greater than the one in 1964.

I smell blood.

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