Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Political Discourse Today

President Obama at University of Michigan Commencement 2010:
But we can’t expect to solve our problems if all we do is tear each other down. You can disagree with a certain policy without demonizing the person who espouses it. You can question somebody’s views and their judgment without questioning their motives or their patriotism… Now, we’ve seen this kind of politics in the past. It’s been practiced by both fringes of the ideological spectrum, by the left and the right, since our nation’s birth. But it’s starting to creep into the center of our discourse. And the problem with it is not the hurt feelings or the bruised egos of the public officials who are criticized. Remember, they signed up for it. … The problem is that this kind of vilification and over-the-top rhetoric closes the door to the possibility of compromise. It undermines democratic deliberation. It prevents learning -- since, after all, why should we listen to a ‘fascist,’ or a ‘socialist,’ or a ‘right-wing nut,’ or a left-wing nut’?

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Congratulations Speaker Boehner

I find the peaceful transition of power to be among the greatest feats of American democracy, even when my party is the one surrendering power.  Today is a day of celebration that such a feat can be accomplished over and over and over.

I am ever hopeful that the greatest country in the history of the world will continue to move forward as a beacon of hope and inspiration.

I Guess This is One Way to Have Palin Look Like More Moderate

From ABC News:

ABC News has learned that Bachmann, R-Minn., also is seriously weighing whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012.
A source close to the three-term congresswoman said Bachmann will travel to Iowa this month for multiple meetings to seek advice from political forces there and party elders close to the caucus process before coming to a final decision regarding a potential presidential run. Bachmann, a native of Waterloo, Iowa, also is set to deliver a keynote speech at an Iowans for Tax Relief PAC fundraiser Jan. 21 in Des Moines, Iowa.
I had thought she would be running for the Senate seat in 12, but apparently she has her sights set higher.