Blog Credo

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


I woke, checked out NPR's website, listened in and sure enough, the current government shutdown is being called a "partisan" fight.


It's not a partisan fight.

A faction within one party wants to wreck the US government because they don't like the fact that they keep losing elections.


And until the media report this fundamental truth, then there is no incentive for the 40 or so sane Republicans left to do anything about it.

Then again, the one thing that has changed from 1996 is the presence of social media and the internet.  While this has led to a lack of diversity of viewpoints being read, it also means bypassing some of the traditional filters for news.

On the one hand, the Fox News bubble is stronger than ever.

On the other, I just saw a tumblr thread from someone who is completely apolitical that mocks the shutdown mercilessly (it's where I got the picture above).

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