Obama's speech walked a line between vision and reality. At times it seemed an internal dialog between the technocrat who sees the problems and how to fix them, and the pragmatist who wants to reap the rewards from whatever bill gets passed.
Since it's almost impossible to believe the GOP leadership doesn't know the devastating economic history of its party's conservative economic policies, we're left to conclude that they just don't care.
While Rep. Barton's outrageous apology to BP was "politically an unbelievably stupid thing," Brooks said, there was "a kernel of truth at the core" of the Texas Republican's speech. That kernel, according to Brooks, was "that we are a nation of laws."
Will Obama's presidency wind up charting a similar course as Carter, or will he recover as Reagan did? Only a fool would even contemplate making such a prediction at this point, that's all that really can be said.
To my conservative friends: The fact that I care about keeping you from starving, freezing to death, and dying due to lack of good medical care does not mean that I eventually want to send you to a death camp.
The 17-minute film, Out of Infamy: Michi Nishiura Weglyn, reveals a dark and shocking chapter of American history: the detention in concentration camps of over 110,000 people of Japanese descent during World War II.
Politics are paralyzed: the congressional leadership of both parties is inept and ineffective. But political history demonstrates that despite partisan differences and jockeying for favor, the system works.