State of the Discussion

The posts in play...

Comparing the Faiths of Presidents Washington and Obama
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A culture war truce?
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The Moral Equivalent of Monarchy
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So What Should Be Done?
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Don’t Set The Doomsday Clock Ahead Quite Yet
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Springsteen’s America vs. Reagan’s America (or, Still More on Exceptionalism)
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Whose Warmest Heart Recoiled at War
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Playing games with the deficit
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Why are Republicans Soft on Terror?
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The Census and the Republican Victory in the House
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Heh.
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So Who Am I, Anyway?
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The comments...

Jon Rowe

GW talks a lot about Providence in his private letters, but NEVER, and I mean NEVER as an absolute, about Jesus by name or person.

Robert Cheeks

Mr. Farmer, I believe you've nailed our new interlocutor, Mr. Hanley quite accurately.

+ While Washington’s public pronouncements might never reveal his religious beliefs one would expect to see some reference to Jesus in his private letters if he [. . .]
+ They’re shallow and emotional people with very little understanding of politics beyond, “we good, they bad.”" Of course, James, unlike your viewpoint, which is so open, [. . .]
+ You are just one big cliche, James -- now you suggest I've been brain-washed by Limbaugh -- that's cute. I won't argue with you -- [. . .]
+ I was talking about giving a damn about bedroom issues -- the south is not anti-gay -- supporting traditional marriage is a different subject, plus, [. . .]
Matty
+ Indeed, it seems to me that the relegation of the monarchies in those countries to increasingly symbolic status has roughly (emphasis on roughly) coincided [. . .]
+ James, You picked three Southern states with large black populations. I'd be curious to see what the % would be for whites only in those [. . .]
+ I would repeat what i said above which is that i am suggesting the general public would support the plan and the GOP would be [. . .]
Matty
+ Looking at the background there is something odd about how Ronald Reagan, who as TVD says was not noted for saying "anything overtly orthodox Christian" [. . .]
+ "We need to develop the cojones to let businesses fail, even big ones. We need people to suffer for their mistakes, so that they are [. . .]
+ Centrally organized and fast-moving authoritarian countries like China and Russia must look at gridlock in the U.S. as impatient Hobbits anxiously awaited the conclusion of [. . .]
+ We might add Ronald Reagan, the FDR of the Religious Right. I'm not aware of anything overtly orthodox Christian as far as Jesus' nature [. . .]
+ Au contraire, Springsteen doesn’t transcend his genre, he exemplifies it, he projects it into the cultural sphere. I don't think he projects anything much into the [. . .]
Mike Schilling
+ Much of the carnage of the 20th century was aimed at those not felt to be human (e.g. Jews) or via mechanisms that don't involve [. . .]
James K
+ As a general rule, congressional bipartisanship is the political equivalent of the Crips and the Bloods banding together to rob the rest of the [. . .]
Koz
+ "Just shut up and sing-as Laura Ingraham said." No, no, no. That's just the point, he can't. Other people in his position won't (eg, [. . .]
James K
+ Credible commitment is a huge problem, credibility is very hard to regain once lost. The best thing I an think of is some kind of [. . .]
Heidegger
+ Koz--I LIKE that--- "Ie, Springsteen tried (with a fair bit of success) to sell American teenagers the snake oil that bourgeois America is a trap [. . .]
Mike Schilling

Or the Janis Joplin sing being used unironically to sell Mercedes Benzes.

Koz
+ Everybody likes to be liked, but that's not the nature of our foreign policy challenges and it's dangerous to think it is. For example, we all [. . .]
James K
+ The main reason the 20th Century was so bloody is that there was so much blood sloshing around to be spilled. I've read that [. . .]
Koz
+ Well, yes and no. Under a benign policy regime, we really don't know what the potential for growth to be, as that depends on [. . .]
Koz
+ "They believe that providing adequate medical care to all citizens is a birthright and that a generational promise to care for the elderly is worth [. . .]
+ Because locked cockpit doors and enough foresight not to let guys with bazookas on planes means that planes will never be used as weapons again. [. . .]
James K
+ The problem with Leonhardt's proposal is that economic growth is very poorly understood. There's simply no known policy to increase economic growth. Besides [. . .]
Koz
+ I used to agree with this train of thought, but now I'm much less sympathetic to it, especially in Springsteen's case. Ultimately, I think Springsteen fails [. . .]
Koz
+ Actually, I think the election of Pelosi as Minority Leader of the House (combined with the fact that for as many seats the GOP gained [. . .]
Heidegger
+ Pretty good music, but if you've ever had the misfortune of hearing him interviewed and discuss the issues of the day, he's pretty much [. . .]
Koz
+ "The first test of any cultural icon/influence is whether he or she transcends their demographic and/or genre, which Springsteen simply does not. " Au contraire, Springsteen [. . .]
Koz
+ Actually that one makes sense when you think about it. Wrangler is not marketed upscale. The prospective jeans buyer can identify with the [. . .]
Simon K
+ I don't see it I'm afraid - Chait seems to assume conservatives are really interested in spending cuts. They're not. They're interested in tax cuts. [. . .]
ActiveLizard

I think visitors should be aware of some context, and consider that this rant generator may be part of a larger personal vendetta.

+ AMW, I see that my comment doesn't actually answer your question, which is about the socialist countries, instead of the fascist ones. Sorry about that. [. . .]
Heidegger
+ Mr. Hanley, I'd suggest you read the, "Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression"----to think a college professor as yourself is an apologist [. . .]
+ AMW, Actually, all of the fascist countries that I can think of had economies that were organized along corporatist, instead of socialist, lines. I think [. . .]
Simon K
+ Right. But Goldman, Lehman, Bear etc are/were not insured by the FDIC because they don't take retail deposits. FDIC insured institutions haven't really been a [. . .]

Not Springsteen, but the classic misappropriation to me will always be "Fortunate Son" being used as a patriotic ad for blue jeans.

Heidegger
+ "I would (and have in my humble way) urged social conservatives to advocate for their positions without the destructive, counter-productive, adversarial and generally poor strategies, [. . .]
AMW
+ James, I can understand that Fascism was "right" socialism, and therefore not left-wing. But is "conserving" something all it takes to qualify as a right-wing [. . .]
+ > The American public is ready to make the hard sacrafices and they > will respect them for doing it. The American middle class might [. . .]
+ Google Scholar will give you what you're looking for. http://www.who.int/intellectualproperty/news/en/Submission5.pdf http://jiel.oxfordjournals.org/content/5/4/883.short Look up the cost of anti-viral drugs or anti-malaria drugs in third world countries, or just read, [. . .]
+ This is true. Also true, though, is that the electoral college is rarely all that close. The 2000 election was an oddity in that sense [. . .]
+ With 23 of the 33 seats in the Senate up for election in 2012 currently held by Democrats - including Democratic Senators carried to narrow [. . .]
Michael Heath
+ MFarmer:Obama is a miserable failure in the civil liberties department. Yes, he talks, but that’s all. My single major disappointment with President Obama and my [. . .]

Besides, if he was really Heidegger, he wouldn't want to talk about the Nazi era.

 
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