GOP Still Needed to Spell Grown-Up?

11 07 2009

Or maybe it take grown-ups to spell GOP?

Either way, Peggy Noonan sounds like my kind of grown-up in her WaPo column today.

And as I read it I was thinking, Sarah Palin probably wouldn’t even get the literary allusion in the headline . . .if she even bothered to read it (the column, never mind the book!) in the first place.

“A Farewell to Harms: Palin was bad for the Republicans—and the republic.”

She is not working class, never was. . .
What she is, is a seemingly very nice middle-class girl with ambition, appetite and no sense of personal limits.

She wasn’t thoughtful enough to know she wasn’t thoughtful enough. . . .

. . .Really, she is the most careless sower of discord since George W. Bush, who fractured the party and the movement that made him. . .

Here’s why all this matters. The world is a dangerous place. It has never been more so, or more complicated, more straining of the reasoning powers of those with actual genius and true judgment.

. . .The era we face, that is soon upon us, will require a great deal from our leaders. They had better be sturdy. They will have to be gifted. There will be many who cannot, and should not, make the cut. Now is the time to look for those who can. And so the Republican Party should get serious, as serious as the age, because that is what a grown-up, responsible party—a party that deserves to lead—would do.

It’s not a time to be frivolous, or to feel the temptation of resentment, or the temptation of thinking next year will be more or less like last year, and the assumptions of our childhoods will more or less reign in our future. It won’t be that way.

We are going to need the best.




3 responses

12 07 2009
Nance Confer

I support Palin in her grab for the Presidential nomination next time around. 🙂


31 07 2009

Remember Cindy Sheehan, back before the last presidential campaign gave us this whole new hyped-up cast of characters?

Remember she too said she was quitting and going home? I just went back over what I wrote in 2007 about that, and it applies to Sarah Palin’s rise and self-announced fall in some almost eerie ways. You can have great compassion and even agree with her political or religious orientation etc, be a feminist champion and a mom, have a son who goes to war even like her — and still see the Truth in the public effect of a woman like this. Peggy Noonan sees it and JJ sees it and I think we’re both pretty smart.

Quitting and Going Home — Success, Failure, or Complicated?

Did her 15 minutes of political celebrity make her a heroine, did it serve life, liberty and pursuit of happiness for the American people, or just serve as spectacle?

. . .I think — although Sheehan herself doesn’t seem capable of such analysis — that the opening trick we can’t manage, is thinking well enough to understand what “saving” the system even means, in such complicated plot lines populated with infinitely interdependent characters, aka the Real World.

Making it do — what? Making it work — how? Making it serve — whom? Because we fail at that, we fail at everything we attempt after that.

. . .maybe in quitting she will find some leadership success that eluded her in public roles to which she clearly was not well suited, and from which we resisted her anguished message.

None of which is to say that individuals against the big bad system are always right, or even a better alternative for the public than government.

Individuals can be our best hope when they are critical-thinking individuals, and public policy can be progressive and productive. Both are possible and desirable. I’m not anti-government or anti-system or anti-institutional. I’m certainly not anti-peace or anti-mom! 🙂

But I am anti-Logic of Failure.

I know we have huge problems in the world; tornadic activity is tearing us apart all over the place. I am working toward finding ecologically sound human-serving solutions with the same fervor that I believe drives most activists. But it takes more than passion. Spinoza AND Descartes?

The random, flailing, guilt-ridden, self-destructive, bathos-wallowing Logic of Cindy Sheeham is no less acceptable as The Right Answer than most of the rest of what passes for political discourse and analysis, which continues to fail us all.

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