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Armchair theorist, poet, and occasional IT manager, Sascha B. is equipped with a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas, and is not afraid to use it. His work has been published by the University Press of America, Edwin Mellen Press, University of Texas Press, and a variety of small journals nationwide. He is also the proprietor and baker for 3141 Pie, of which you should eat many.

The Deal

I stopped blogging in 2013, when life overtook me. My father became ill and died shortly thereafter, and my mother was left with increasing dementia. I became the primary caregiver, and now orchestrate my mother's care and our family estate.

Now, I am coming up for air again.

Looking for the next book to read. All suggestions welcome.

My reading list is over here.

Friday, March 07, 2008

I don't think I can say it better than this
The reason so many people have re-engaged with politics this year is because many sense their country is in a desperate state and because only one candidate has articulated a vision and a politics big enough to address it without dividing the country down the middle again. For the first time in decades, a candidate has emerged who seems able to address the country's and the world's needs with a message that does not rely on Clintonian parsing or Rovian sleaze. For the first time since the 1960s, we have a potential president able to transcend the victim-mongering identity politics so skillfully used by the Clintons. If this promise is eclipsed because the old political system conspires to strangle it at birth, the reaction from the new influx of voters will be severe. The Clintons will all but guarantee they will lose a hefty amount of it in the fall, as they richly deserve to. Some will gravitate to McCain; others will be so disillusioned they will withdraw from politics for another generation. If the Clintons grind up and kill the most promising young leader since Kennedy, and if they do it not on the strength of their arguments, but by the kind of politics we have seen them deploy, the backlash will be deep and severe and long. As it should be.

He has a million little donors. He has brought many, many Republicans and Independents to the brink of re-thinking their relationship with the Democratic party. And he has won the majority of primaries and caucuses and has a majority of the delegates and popular vote. This has been a staggering achievement - one that has already made campaign history. If the Clintons, after having already enjoyed presidential power for eight long years, destroy this movement in order to preserve their own grip on privilege and influence in Democratic circles, it will be more than old-fashioned politics. It will be a generational moment - as formative as 1968. Killing it will be remembered for a very, very long time. And everyone will remember who did it - and why.
Andrew Sullivan has pegged the fear factor, and the possible backlash. In the wake of this morning's resignation of Samantha Power from the Obama campaign, it strikes even more forcefully. Where is the hue and cry for resignation of the Clinton associates spreading the meme of Obama as Muslim? If Clinton wishes to cast the race as one where personal attack is "beneath" our dignity, then she should live to that standard as well. It does not matter that her vilifications are made with more subtlety and more finesse. They still personally vilify her opponent for the nomination.

I had high hopes for a few months. I'm losing them.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Says John Cole:

Republicans celebrate, and the Clinton campaign has learned that dumpster diving and going negative pays off.

I already hate being a Democrat. The other party is united around a doddering old warmonger who they swore just a few weeks ago they would never vote for, and the Democrats are busy tearing the party apart from the inside out so that we can continue the 28 year old Bush/Clinton dynasty.
While I can't say I'm thrilled about it, I have to agree. The more I watch this campaign, the less I want to rally behind the Clinton machine, and the less hope I have that we can actually get past the Democratic gift of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, which has plagued us since...well, since the last time a Clinton was in the White House.

What Obama raises is the specter (the 'ghost of a chance'?) of getting past fear-mongering, and a sense of statesmanship for our executive government, and at long last a move away from the currently vogue divisive, discouraging, and hateful methods of accessing, maintaining, and controlling power and privilege. There are better ways.

Yes, We Can versus Yes, She Can.

Which one would you buy?