“Great to read Greg Mitchell's ode to Beethoven here. At times of relative crisis in my pretty 'ordinary' life, I have turned to Beethoven, a distinctive champion for me. I have not abandoned Beethoven either in times of relative calm. The two pieces cited here are near the top of all lists. Other strictly Beethoven favorites are the "Kreutzer" Sonata for violin and piano, and the "Spring" Sonata for violin and piano. Thanks, Greg, for sharing No. 15 in a minor. I suspect I'll be on the lookout for more heading into 2011.”
“The best part of Obama--his idealism, his fantasy about returning the government to the people. Congress is a many headed beast; Obama said there are no red states, there are no blue states. To become the leader of his party would only work if Obama could pull his party up to his more grandiose vision of democracy, not unlike the fantasy of our founding fathers, whose spirit fueled a popular, political uprising.”
hollybork on Aug 5, 2009 at 13:01:47
“It is not idealism to think under the current political climate that there are no red or blue states. It is delusional. The republican party is a southern white man party. It is in such serious decline in its ideas, its ethics and its povery of good candidates, that the party can no longer perform an important and impactful role. They are reduced to gadflies, gnats and nettlesome whiners. They cannot contribute much, if anything, to our public problem solving. Obama cannot solve this problem by involving them because they don't have the goods. This is a problem for the country and also for Obama.”
Sundialsvc4 on Aug 4, 2009 at 22:02:25
“Phughez, maybe 'idealism' is precisely what we need. Indeed, the 'idealism' that a small group of men portrayed during a much-too-damn-hot summer in secret meetings that produced ... the US Constitution.
They envisioned a Government of the People. And that is what we ought to have.
There are, indeed, no "red state / blue states." Such trivialities are for Dr. Seuss.
Mr. Obama is not the appointed leader of "a party." He is the appointed executive of "a country."
Our Founding Fathers had their work cut out for them AFTER the Revolution was done, and all the dead bodies had been buried, and the whole world wondered "what would happen next."
Well, "the whole world" wonders once more. And so, what shall our answer to them be??
Was Mr. Lincoln right at Gettysburg .. or was he wrong?”
“Parker is all over the map. What makes America great is the promise it held for just the kind of moment we witnessed Nov. 4, 2008. "Full-bloodedness" is a sickening argument to purge America of the multi-culturalism which the close-minded cannot embrace--the GOP tried without success this time to win by identifying Obama as the un-American, out of the mainstream, socialist, terrorist, etc. It is the GOP who have marginalized themselves--not by virtue of pedigree, but by virtue of their limited understanding of democracy.”
“You are not paranoid--you're reporting what your very good senses are telling you, Mr. Bard. McCain and the GOP tap into racial, tribal politics with "pride;" that is, with utter lack of shame. It is indeed a difficult assignment for Obama to overcome, with democracy, this force of cruel history.”
“If McCain thinks JTP gives more credibility to his candidacy, his judgment is truly poor. Everything McCain does in this campaign has been reflecting badly on him--yet this is, apparently, who he really is--or if he's just following bad advice, we don't need him as president either.”
“Too much to expect Fox to delve too deeply into an issue. They quote Obama's words, but distort way beyond the original context. The art of the smear. Words can mean whatever they want them to mean. "Fair and balanced" for reptiles.”
“Party-first logic here, logic which maverick McCain usually departs from--until now, when he models his campaign after Bush, which is a campaign of lies and smears--not even party-first, never mind country first--more like "me first."”
“The internet and bloggers, etc. can work on behalf of somebody's truth or half-truth, or lie. I used to mind my own business, believing that "change" was not possible through politics. But I'm hopeful the 2008 presidential race has hopefully sparked a revolution of words, of language-- and attendant repsonsibility. Lies must be refuted at every turn. Obama's victory would be some proof that McCain's smear campaign did not "gain traction." Meanwhile, the spirit of strenuous debate must never cease.”
“"Increasingly desperate," the key element of McCain's strategy from the beginning has been to depict Obama as dangerous, associated with terrorists or on the far left and now a socialist. This negative movement is picking up steam. He uses the strategy not so much because he is desperate, but because it has worked before, and therefore it will work again. How close McCain gets to the White House will be a function of how rapidly voters will catch inspiration and hope in McCain's negative campaign--they're definitely out there. McCain and his campaign knows the voters who fall for this bait, no matter how much the forces of good reproach him for it. The battle lines have been drawn--it is McCain/Palin, their base, talk radio and Fox nation with its legions of smear-crazed fanatics versus Obama. Even as Obama outspends 4 to 1, and is clearly running the more honorable campaign, and is the most incredible, talented and inspiring candidate the world has seen in decades, and he is the right man for these most turbulent times, McCain/Palin are starting to see their strategy gain momentum.”
Omarion on Oct 19, 2008 at 21:17:49
“Theres no real traction here, yet. Don't get too excited>”
“Wake up John--we live in a Socialist country, thanks to capitalism run amok. The rich are the only ones benefitting from capitalism, and now they're benefitting from the socialism you helped create. The questions has always been, what does government have to do with social equality--or inequality? Capitalism vs. socialism is irrelevant. The fogs of the past cannot save us.”
Viper on Oct 18, 2008 at 16:05:02
“What BUSH and McCain push is not capitalism.. its laisez faire captalism which no one else in the world practices and has failed every time its tried historically..
They dont even know the definition of socialism.
For 30 years we have been heading toward their newest run at Laisez Faire trickle down capitalism and under BUSH they got 100 percent of what they wanted and look at the result!
Nnow pls show me any difference in McCains policies... NONE. Palin could not site a difference. McCain cant site a difference.
“I am not a particularly knowledgeable or savvy political commentator, but one thing I predicted from the beginning of McCain's campaign is that McCain's campaign planned to win votes by bringing up Obama's race, his middle name and making subliminal fictitious suggestions about his links to terrorism. What I did not anticipate was the sheer intensity of the smear campaign and the hatred for Obama that would follow the McCain bandwagon. It confirms my belief that the rotten core of the GOP in modern times begins and ends with racism.”
“"Americans fear intelligent men." Translated: certain meek, God fearing Christians shall inherit the earth. It's not that Obama is too intelligent--it's that he belongs to the wrong party, the wrong race, and the wrong church.”
“Palin's winking and being all folksey and "shux I know you're with me on this one" asides to the camera--these mannerisms are so fake, manipulative, presumptuous, and then suddenly give way to a punishing, strained and scowling face.”
“Americans with revolutionary spirit are few and far between. The rich and the poor find it inconvenient to move beyond a bean-counting life, too bound up with their personal economies to ponder the possibilities of free speech, revolution or protest. Americans have subconsciously substituted the value of money for the value of freedom. Money equals power, or, money equals freedom. The human voice in its reduced, vestigial capacity, carries out only the basest of functions.”