Recollections of Liberty on the Eve of Bastille Day

By: Saturday July 13, 2013 9:00 am

Charlie Pierce reminds us that John Boehner still pretends to be Speaker of the House, but is for all intents and purposes powerless. The Flying Monkey Caucus (h/t Pierce) has risen up to tear down any notion of We, the People. To them, it’s all about protecting what they’ve got and to hell with the rest of the the nation. For the Flying Monkey Caucus, there is no good reason for government, and it must be killed.

But on the wall of the entryway of George Washington’s home of Mount Vernon, there is an old iron key in an old glass case. It’s a symbol of something much more powerful, a vision much more compelling than “I’ve got mine.” . . .

 

Can Politics Be Beautiful?

By: Sunday June 12, 2011 9:30 am

In his soulful book, Beauty: the Invisible Embrace, John O’Donohue writes:

“The human soul is hungry for beauty; we seek it everywhere – in landscape, music, art, clothes, furniture, gardening, companionship, love, religion and in ourselves.”

Politics is conspicuously absent from the list. And that made me think, can politics be beautiful?

Will Petraeus Propaganda Machine Get Him Top Spot at CIA?

By: Tuesday April 5, 2011 7:50 am

I noted last week that there is a push to appoint General David Petraeus as head of the CIA should Leon Panetta move on to be Secretary of Defense and that this would represent a terrible move by President Obama. Sadly, this push now seems to have moved beyond the whispers on Twitter that I noted last week to a story that can be found here on NPR’s website. The NPR story is notable for its listing of “top jobs” potentially available to Petraeus when he rotates out of Afghanistan later this year, pitching Petraeus as worthy of a very high position but noting that many top positions already seem to be “taken” and pouting that Petraeus is not a candidate to be Chair of the Joint Chiefs.

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