Wednesday, November 5, 2008

ODS? (Treatable with common sense)

"I would have enjoyed watching lefty heads explode if McCain had won. But we're going to see lefty heads exploding anyway; it's just going to take longer.

"In the mean time [sic], those of us who didn't want Obama to be president have to accept that he is. And let's not give in to the kind of paranoid fever dreams that have consumed the left for the last 8 years. Let us collectively take a vow tonight: no 'Obama derangement syndrome'. Obama is a politician. He isn't the devil incarnate."

Hear, hear. (Via Covenant Zone)

I disagree only somewhat. Eternal optimist that I am (despite having been a journalist), I'm willing to give the new Democratic rulership a chance. They'll not have too big a window, however. The minute some flagrant abuse takes place, a-la Bill Clinton lying under oath, and the press glosses over it (again), I'm gone.

But as Den Beste said: "It is no longer possible for anyone to deny that the MSM is heavily biased. The MSM have been biased for decades but managed an illusion of fairness. That is no longer possible; the MSM have squandered their credibility during this campaign. They'll never get that credibility back again." (And how, brother.)

So, we'll see.

UPDATE: Here's a statement from fellow conservative IndiePundit: Warning! Inflammatory! Guaranteed to fuel OSD! (//sarcasm on)

"I think this election is as much a referendum on George W. Bush and the failed policies of his administration as anything else.

"It's also, as many pundits have put it, a transformational election. Nobody, regardless of political affiliation, can deny that. America has just elected the first Black President in its history. For the first time ever we have someone other than an old white guy at the helm--and that, in and of itself, is pretty damn cool.

"So while I may not agree with Senator Obama on many things, I'm still filled with pride that America has come as far as it has."

Yup. Pretty nasty. Right on a par with Chimpy McHitlerBurton.

//sarcasm off

Thanks, Erik, for the REAL assessment. You're absolutely right. Let's celebrate history.


Anonymous said...

I think that the Obama presidency is good for two things.

One: I think it's good because it sets the stage for either a failure, or a success for the Obama/liberal way of thinking. If it works, great! If it doesn't, well, at least we'll know, and we can point toward Obama as a reason not to subscribe to the Obama ideology.

Two: I think there were some people who didn't vote for the Republican party specifically becasue they don't like the way that the party hasn't been functioning the way that it should be; they don't like the way that it's structured. I think it provides an opportunity for the Republican party to reform, and rebuild itself into something better.

'Reform' will be the Right's answer to 'hope and change'.


And if the Republican party doesn't seize its chance, then they're just setting themselves up for this same struggle again, and again. I hope they take the chance, you know?

Eowyn said...

Right on all counts, Walk-Man.

Conservatives really DO need to re-think their whole strategy and core ideology, moving forward. It's undergoing a sea change, right now, and that insecurity is what lost the Republicans so many offices, including the presidency. Does it mean the Democrats have the ~right~ ideology, and Republicans ~wrong?~

No. What I think it means is that Americans, and democracy seeking people everywhere, are beginning to recognize that you can't use a black-and-white template when governing. Notice Obama has "flip-flopped" from the stated hard-line leftist course on many, many issues, in order to win the election. There's a reason for that. No one wants to be forced into the leftist template. (Except, of course, the leftists.)

Republicans, as well, are discovering, a bit late, that not all conservatives want to be shoe-horned into a Christian-is-the-only-way-to-be-spiritual, let's-give-big-money-business-completely-free rein template. For too long now, conservatives have ignored, winked at, or openly abetted total greed at the expense of us all. There is a measure of social responsibility that we can meet without overly regulating and taxing ourselves -- but the first step is admitting it needs to be done.

Conservatives will come back by 8 years' time, sadder, wiser, and willing to be unflinching champions of core values which, by then, will be better defined. You'll see. But for now, I'm willing to take the Obama presidency philosophically, even though I've got reservations. (See "Worth posting about, rather than just commenting," above)

Bottom line: We're all neighbors. Let's start acting like good neighbors, who understand if Mr. Smith's dogs bark too loud some days, and Smith turns a tactful eye against the tree we accidentally sent crashing into his garage. We'll work it out. Know what I mean?

(That's what conservatives try to do, anyway -- leftists file lawsuits.)

(Sorry. Couldn't help it.)


Anonymous said...

Hear hear!

Anonymous said...

Oh, by the way, nice new Heading picture :)

Eowyn said...

Thanks :) Here's what Wikipedia has to say about those pretty flowers:

"Dodecatheon meadia, known as shooting star, is a species of wildflower found in the Southeastern United States."

I do like changing the header every so often :)

Anonymous said...

Oh cool. A very apt heading picture, then.

Yeah, it's kind of nice to change the heading picture every so often. It sort of energises the whole process all over again...

Eowyn said...

Sure does :) Even if we don't get bored with our own look, or we feel it should stay the same for whatever reason of continuity, it still feels good, a fresh change, to do something, anything, to update it... right now, I'm trying to figure out a way to lighten the black background just a bit, but not having too much success, just yet. Any tips? Not even sure where that takes place. Still searching.

Eowyn said...

Woo-hoo, got it! :)