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Die fearin’ God And painfully employed


The bottom line’s been snorted
The bottom card’s been dealt
No one knows like you know right now
How truly bad it felt

All your life you wasted
On dreamin’ about the day,
Worker bees kill off their queen
and carry all her eggs away

Oh and if you die fearin’ God
And painfully employed
You will not go to heaven,
You’ll go to Champaign, Illinois –Rhett Miller

My problem is fairly simple. I tend to agree with IOZ on the results of the 2008 election and with the Ezra Klein column. Klein’s comment fairly describes the left/progressive/moderate quandry.

The Obama campaign was only three years ago, but it had strong opinions on this sort of thing. “To lead the world, we must lead by example,” Candidate Obama said in October of 2007. “We must be willing to acknowledge our failings, not just trumpet our victories. And when I’m President, we’ll reject torture – without exception or equivocation.” But now we find there is both exception and equivocation — and the administration is purging those within its ranks who publicly say it should be otherwise. This is a moment in which both those who serve in the administration and those who support it need to ask whether the Obama administration is keeping sight of its values now that it holds power. The tradeoff between security and moral purity is always more difficult for a president than a candidate, but as we saw in the Bush administration, the pendulum can swing too far towards security, in a way that does little to make us safer and erodes who we are. Crowley’s firing is a sign that that may be happening to the Obama administration.

In the spirit of either namedropping or full disclosure, I should say that PJ Crowley was a classmate of mine back at Holy Cross. I vaguely recall him as one of the guys who worked hard at finding the College experience meaningful.  Seem to think he had something to do with starting a coffee house in the basement of Carlin House. In other words, a decent guy and worthwhile member of the campus community. He appears to strive to be an honest man.

IOZ points out as only IOZ can that being surprised by Crowley’s firing for telling the truth is silly; in contemporary politics in the United States, be ye of the left, middle, or right persuasion, there there be monsters. A few years ago, you may recall that the Defeatists supported the candidacy of Cthulhu for president. IOZ takes that criticism up a notch…

How is it that every time this fucking horror-show monster cranks up the apocalypse engine, there is some weaselly little careerist ready to pop up in full squirrel to squeak about how unseemly it is to unseal the necromonican and call down the flesh-eating elder gods when you campaigned on a promise to increase Pell grants. Oh, Mister President, would you mind tossing some money to PA to fund Adult Basic before you crack open the bones of the earth and start throwing virgins into the pit?

Ok. What’s happening here? Well, the Defeatist-Malcontent writing coalition has just voted me “Most Reasonable” which kind of bothers me, but let’s try to square the circle. (It’s possible that by being the most reasonable, I am in fact the most Defeatist.) Crowley, infrastructure, education, jobs –the stuff of sausage.

The only thing I tend to agree with the Tea Pary on is the need for some sort of radical change. Since I’ve read the constitution a few times, I think it’s a good place to start. Problem is that government on the size of the US is a sausage maker. In making sausage, it makes perfect sense to need some Afghanistan but substitute some Iraq because, what the fuck, it’s just sausage. It’s ok to give more money to the insurance companies and say that it’s health care reform because it’s ultimately just sausage. I was sitting in a restaurant across from the Renaissance Center in Detroit ten years or so ago, having dinner with my sister, niece and nephew. They had a board with their daily specials. One was “fish sausage…” My nephew and I both looked at it, stared at each other and Ryan said “There’s so much wrong with that it’s impossible to get your head around it.” Well, it’s just sausage. It’s just government. It’s just the inevitable. It’s just…sausage.

Hence Rhett Miller. And, his “theft.” Dylan has been known to steal a bit here and there, and he gave Rhett and Old 97s permission to lift the tune and the ambiance. In 1965, Bob probably thought this was a poetic reductio ad absurdum. Instead, it was really prophecy…

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