Sunday, November 12, 2006
The humility of divided government
Let us work together. May God bless these United States of America.
By BEN FELLER
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Responding to a humbling election, White House aides said Sunday that President Bush would welcome new ideas about the unpopular war in Iraq, even from Democrats he had branded as soft on terrorism.
As Bush planned to meet Monday with a key advisory group on the war, his advisers adopted a new tone, days after a dissatisfied public handed the White House a divided government.
"Full speed ahead" in Iraq, as Vice President Dick Cheney put it in the final days of the campaign, was replaced by repeated calls for a "fresh perspective" and an acknowledgment that "nobody can be happy" with the situation in Iraq.
Read all about it.
A divided government inevitably leads to public disagreements. Indeed, these disagreements are one of the advantages of this division. Policies are questioned and defended, and, as with the Founding Fathers' faith in rational discourse through freedom of speech, should result in more thoughtful policies provided we as the audience for these debates insist on rationalty and thought, and refuse Democratic rhetoric that's dishonest and histrionic: Limbaugh/Coulter/O'Reilly in drag. Caveat auscultator.
We Americans as a people fail this test on a regular basis. With all the imperfections of the electoral process, I'm not sure I'm willing to say we always get the leaders we deserve, but we do get the lies we want.
Stalemate and Gridlock are two more phrases current in the discourse on divided government. Excellent, that means less Government will be performed upon the people.
Now all we got to do is balance between the Populist needs and the Gridlock stasis long enough to accomplish a few little things.
George was lying before and he is lying now. George will not be helpful for any of this, except maybe to serve as a bad example and a warning to those who can see it.