Thursday, February 10, 2005

Hopin' for the return of the 60s

Howard Dean is back. He promises to lead the Dems back to power. I don't see how.

Dean is at the top of his game and over at the DU they are hoping for the return of the 60s.

Now personally I'm rather fond of the 60s. Sex, drugs, rock 'n roll and all that. However, politically it was a time of mass delusions. Economics was a dimly understood discipline by most people. Until the advent of De Soto there was really no historical social science that explained the economic nature of man. Now we have it. Man is a property acquiring animal. DeSoto found that when every one was allowed to participate in the property system wealth multiplied. The ability to trade property makes people rich. The Democrats don't get it. Bush so obviously does.

That is one strike against them. The second strike against them is not understanding the nature of the war we are in. Or else they are on the other side. As they were in the 60s. It is a reversion to form. Except for one little problem. The filters are coming off the news machine. I think this is in many ways explained by these two pieces: The first by Nelson Ascher. It talks about the revenge of the leftys. Trouble is 9/11 like the fall of the Berlin Wall changed the terms of the debate. Over at the Belmont Club they are discussing the same issues.

So what does that leave the Dems to do as a viable opposition party? Civil liberties. It is time we restored the Constitution shredded by the drug war. I discussed the problem for the Dems originally about two years ago.

So far the silence from the left is deafening.

In other words they are going to lose bigger for a while longer. Maybe 20 or 50 years longer.

Sad. Just when a viable opposition is so important.


Doug said...

You've got 9 more years of the 60's to go.
(Assuming you make it)

Doug said...

"So what does that leave the Dems to do as a viable opposition party? Civil liberties. It is time we restored the Constitution shredded by the drug war"
____Here's what we'll use for starters.

Doug said...

_Hookers_, and Rock and Roll.

Doug said...

Now I gotta register as a Druggie.
Retailers Restrict Some Cold MedicinesIngredient Can Be Used to Make Meth.
It used to just be a big SudaFad.
Now it's a dangerous and addictive drug. (precursor)
Many major chain retailers will remove most over-the-counter cold medications from store shelves over the next two months and put them behind pharmacy counters in an effort to help law enforcement tackle a growing problem with an illegal drug.
Oklahoma comes to YOU, courtesy of a California Liberal!
"But even those retailers that are not taking voluntary steps may be forced to do so.
Legislation being proposed by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and James M. Talent (R-Mo.) would adopt the Oklahoma model nationwide."
We'll straighten Illinois right up:"Wagner said. Sales have fallen, but less so, in states including Illinois, where medications can be sold behind any service counter or in a locked cabinet."

.Simon's Ugly World .

Over and under 60:
. Propeller Drive, Fuselage Avenue, Cockpit Street, Compass Road .

At a recent monthly meeting of the Retirees Association of Martin Marietta, Paugh sat with seven former co-workers whose life experiences were almost identical to his: All 80 or older, all sitting pretty on three-legged retirement stools, and all worried about how their children and grandchildren will get by in old age.
"They spend their money before they make it," Ed Dorsey, 82, said of his children. "I say, 'What do you have for retirement?' They say it's a long way away. But they're all in their fifties!"
All said they regard Social Security as indispensable, and all said they know it cannot sustain their descendants in its current form.
"We're the generation that beat the system," said Elmer Sanders, 83. "Social Security didn't count on us living this long. I tell my wife if I have a stroke, and they put me on life supports, just don't unplug me. If I'm still breathing, the checks keep coming."
Dan Paugh recalls the response of a Lockheed Martin official to workers' surprise about that sale: "For the right price, my best hunting dog is for sale."
Jessica accompanies Junior Paugh to Martin retirees' gatherings sometimes, and loves meeting his former co-workers, but cannot believe that all these years later these men still talk about their old company. "They still care about what goes on there -- it's just really hard to imagine," she said. "For me, a job is where you work."