politics

Fine-tuning the Obama Attack on the GOP

Do not assume for a nanosecond that the GOP will come in on bills that offer GOP proposals along with Democrat proposals — as in larding the climate bill with nuclear power plant construction proposals. The Republicans do not want to be bipartisan. They want to suggest that they can govern better than the Democrats. The Obama initiative to the GOP will prove a success only if one of two things takes place:

1. Continued GOP obstruction is made sufficiently noxious to all concerned that they are perceived to be more and more the party of NO.  This was the takeaway the GOP wanted to squelch Friday.  But the President laid out the price. If they cannot compromise, they cannot govern.

2. There emerges a split among the Republicans, with some coming over and enabling the Obama agenda to pass without reconciliation. This appears to be a pipe dream because  ,if it happens,  it makes the compromisers vulnerable to attack by their own party and to defeat by Obama Democrats. If I were a GOP leader, I would go with Option 1 and try to counter the party of NO charge.

Now how in the name of the deity can upstanding progressive Democrats counter the above conundrum? Here are a few ideas:

1.  Create a Talking Points Site that contrasts reality with hyperbole. Show the positive effects of stimulus and the nasty political rhetoric of the GOP sorts.

2. Begin to move from talk about bipartisanship now to talk of bipartisanship after the 2010 elections. Begin a concerted effort to find both Republican challengers who embrace the Obama agenda and Democrats who will help clear out incumbent Democrats who have essentially obstructed the Obama agenda. The goal will be to bring about a civil politics.  Create a second site that is called Civility Watch. Tell Dems to make nice and stick to the facts and flag GOP lapses.

3.  Sponsor contests for the videos that best explain the Obama agenda. This can be done in a number of ways.

4. Sponsor public forums shown on CSPAN in which the effort will be to arrive at agreement on specific legislative initiatives. The President should moderate these and the participants on both sides should be chosen by their parties.  Such events would be close in feel to last Friday’s encounter.

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music, theology

“Closer To You” An Original Hymn

CLOSER TO YOU

664.6664 as in “Come Thou Almighty King”

Draw us closer to You
In everything we do
Banish our fear
Stretch out Your healing hand
Help us to understand
Why we are called to stand
Ever more near

Coming closer we know
What lies past this world’s show
Not vanities
Light shining ever true
Voice saying, I love you
Spirit like morning dew
Bringing us peace

Make us close in all ways
In all we think and say
Keep our tongues from
Kindling hurtful flames
And speaking hurtful names
And placing unjust blame
Oh, closer come!

And now closer we are
Receive our trembling hearts
Make them anew
Only as You prevail
Will grace rule without fail
Making us fit to sail
Closer to You

c Copyright 1995 by Stephen C. Rose [100%]
Licensed to CCLI/LicenSing

MORE ORIGINAL HYMNS

Three Interviews with Dorothy Day on Christopher Closeup (YouTube) http://bit.ly/bWBZU9

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politics

My State of The Union

1. The Union is a union in spite of everything. It is stronger than its critics and would be destroyers on all sides and in all places.

2. We will not have any meaningful fiscal discipline until we lift the exemption on military spending as a protected enclave.

3. Paul Krugman and many other fellow travellers will have occasion to praise the President for how he deals with his unfortunate use of the term freeze.

4. Keith Olbermann would be better advised to go back to an occasional long comments than stick with a plethora of short ones. Hubris despises quantity. Take it from one who knows.

5. The nation would not respond negatively to adding the prison-industrial complex to the State of the Union laundry list.

6.  A year from now more of you will not be here than has ever been the case following a midterm election. Goodbye and good luck.

7. We intend to pass health care reform with a series of acts that will be crystal clear in their intent and very hard for anyone with a brain to oppose without looking very foolish and becoming unelectable.

8. All who care about real economic recovery and future prosperity would be well-advised to learn all they can about the ideas behind Christopher Alexander’s pattern language.

Please add your state of the union statements as comments.

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pattern language, politics

Recent Tweets of Note

Mark McKinnon on Plouffe and Obama http://bit.ly/5IJ7eA //it’s the synergy that will work IMO

Harold Ford’s Formula for Democratic Recovery http://bit.ly/8bq42H

Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan Goes Belly Up — worth less than half what it was during boom.

McChrystal says we should settle with the Taliban — enough fighting already.

Despite Today’s Meme, Things Look Good for Democrats Long Term http://bit.ly/4Wl1BY

Axelrod: Obama’s State of Union to focus on jobs http://bit.ly/7aA70q

Rivals will vie with Apple for tablet spotlight http://bit.ly/7memLF

Design — When More Is Decidedly Less http://bit.ly/82xX4T

Plouffe is back in the Obama driver’s seat http://bit.ly/8uMYYz

Al Qaeda now has female suicide bombers http://bit.ly/7PhIBg

More Than 150,000 Have Been Buried, Haiti Says http://bit.ly/8YDvU1

Sen. Kerry Says He’ll Vote for Bernanke http://bit.ly/7mWa6o

How liberals can take back the foreign policy mantle. http://bit.ly/6OAVjI

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theology

The Rev. James H. Robinson Should Have a Wikipedia Entry

There is a Wikipedia entry for a Union Civil War soldier named James H. Robinson.

There is NO Wikipedia entry for The Rev. James H, Robinson. This is sad indeed. There are no Wikipedia pages for a number of the persons I seek to somehow memorialize on this site.

My modest investigations tell me that the best way to get a biography there is to have a Webmaster who is connected. For those like Rev. Robinson who are long gone this is impossible. And for folk like myself who work solo there is no connected Webmaster.

So this is bread on the waters. The Rev. James H. Robinson should at least be noted on the James. H. Robinson page so people who rely on Wikipedia will know he is at least “heard of”.

Here is my main page on the Rev. James H. Robinson with a number of salient comments from people who share my view of his importance:

MY PAGE ON THE REV. JAMES H. ROBINSON

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politics

COMMENT ON: Why Obama Is (Finally) Taking on Wall Street

The story is not about how many cheers the President should get or about a populist makeover. The measures the President advocates are merely part of a total package that had to include exactly what has already taken place. When history is written, Obama will prove to have been largely correct not only in substance but in timing. The commentary on his Presidency has not proceeded on this premise and has therefore had more the character of fish wrapping than sage analysis, whether from left or right

Read the article I’m commenting on at Huffington Post

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pattern language, politics

Toward A New White House Militancy

How bi-partisan can you be if you are opposing every Republican in sight. It is easy. In fact the entire instilling of a new White House militancy can be achieved by:

1, Bringing John Dean back in some key role. Like the DNC. Tim Kaine has been invisible. He is a man of great ability who should have a job more suited to his laid-back style. Dean would signal that the President is willing to work with progressives. We know he has always been that way. But the media?

2. Put David Plouffe into a conspicuous partnership role. David Plouffe was half the Obama winning team. When someone is needed to speak for the President, David Axelrod does not cut it with his ums and ahs. Sorry David. I can tell you do not like the role either. Plouffe has RFK instincts. That’s a talent for saying things in language the public can understand. Meaning well does not cut it. A new militancy requires a willingness to grasp the underlying issue by the throat and squeeze hard.

3. The big underlying issue is that Obama remains a person whose interest in social justice and fairness is balanced by a radical individualism that is typically associated with conservatives. We cannot let his bridge building potential fade as the media accuse him of vacating it for a new militancy. The new militancy is precisely taking back the flag of a new politics. Plouffe articulates it best.

4. The final key is to be honest about the amount of change that is needed. I believe this may be the underlying problem facing the President. We are a nation awash in personal debt and drugs. These are individual problems as well as social issues. We are a nation that needs to stop relying on oil and to end our dependence on an unsustainable automobile-metrosprawl economy.

We will only have the new jobs we need when we are pointed not toward recovery but toward creation of a sustainable economy which is not drug saturated and in permanent debt and which is taking an ecologically sound route to a recreation of community.

https://stephencrose.wordpress.com/pattern-language/

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