Obama ran on the concept of “bipartisanship” and putting aside our differences and finding our common values. This article in the New Yorker is pretty insightful about why this may not be possible:

Whether or not greater income equality, better health, and fewer prisons would really be a dystopian nightmare, (Republican Senator Mitch) McConnell’s vision of “the Europeanization of America” has already come true in a way that bears directly on the question of “bipartisanship”: what might be called America’s parliamentary parties have come to resemble their disciplined European counterparts. As recently as the nineteen-sixties, for reasons of history and origins, the Democrats were a stapled-together collection of Southern reactionaries, big-city hacks, and urban and agrarian liberals; the Republicans were a jumble of troglodyte conservatives, Yankee moderates, and the odd progressive. Ideological incoherence made bipartisanship feasible. The post-civil-rights, post-Vietnam realignment, along with the gerry-mandered creation of safe districts, has given us—on Capitol Hill, at least—an almost uniformly rightist G.O.P. and a somewhat less uniformly progressive array of Democrats.” (Hendrik Hertzberg, 2/23/09)

I am not real happy about the idea of this bailout package, and I am pretty skeptical that the money is going to make it into the hands of people rather than corporations. But Obama seems committed to making this happen, and I believe the mass numbers of economists who are saying something has to be done.

But then again, according to the disaster capitalism which has been our economic philosophy for the last decade, it doesn’t matter if the country’s infrastructure is falling apart as long as certain protected classes at the top will fare all right.


~ by realsupergirl on February 18, 2009.

7 Responses to “Bipartisanship”

  1. I have to make it public. It’s suppose to be secret, however most people in Austin, Tx knows about it. The government not up there, but your regular police department has a machine that can give you the urge to do things. Sexually impulses, anger, and all sorts of other feelings can sent into your body. This means it can cause a girl to feel a certain way so their friends can get rape them with the girl thinking shes likes it. There are a lot of people all over the United States knowing about this machine that can read and manipulate your mind. Just talk about it and start thinking about how the government has given the police department a weapon to commit not only one of the biggest civil rights violations of all time, but to commit crimes such as rape and getting their victims to like it. Think about how this machine can be used to violate your rights.

  2. At open left I wrote an entry about this. The cliffs notes version is this – I think all the population wants is to know that politicians will not reject an idea from the other side out of hand because it is from the other side.

    That level of ‘bipartisanship’ (or, more accurately, ‘openmindedness’) seems very achievable.

  3. Mike, interesting article you wrote.

    On a side note, why do I keep having to approve your comments? Do you change IP addresses every hour or something?

  4. Notscarednews, *what* on earth does your comment have to do with anything in my post? Are you lost? Did you mean to post your comment somewhere else?

  5. I have no clue. Maybe because I comment both from home and work?

    • But why does it not retain your information? It does for other people who have commented more than once on this blog. I have no idea why it won’t save your information.

  6. No clue. My browser keeps my information. It’s not like I have to type it in each time.

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