Monday, November 09, 2009

Short and Smart



I wonder if the non-writers can appreciate the brilliance of Paul Krugman. I mean, obviously he’s got it when it comes to economics. He’s got the Nobel to prove it. But as a writer ? I’d kill to be able to sum up an insightful observation, about an important subject, so succinctly.

Paranoia Strikes Deep

”What all this shows is that the G.O.P. has been taken over by the people it used to exploit. “

I could write three blogs -- right this second -- based on those 19 words. They would give you a deeper understanding of the subject. But it wouldn’t change the fact that one sentence captured it all.

Here, write your own blog.

1) Anti-Abortion: We support you by leaving town when you show up.

Bush Praises Anti-Abortion Rally

2) I’ve already written one on rednecks. I could write a dozen.

Redneck 101

3) The Psalm (127) last Sunday was about a “quiver full”. I almost wrote a blog about it then.

“Sons are indeed a heritage from the Lord,
   the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
   are the sons of one’s youth.
Happy is the man who has
   his quiver full of them.
He shall not be put to shame
   when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. “


I bet there weren’t 10 people in the pews that have ever heard of these folks. But there are hundreds of groups like them, and -- overwhelmingly -- they vote Republican.

Quiverfull is a movement among conservative evangelical Christian couples chiefly in the United States, but with some adherents in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England and elsewhere. Its viewpoint is to receive children eagerly as blessings from God, eschewing all forms of birth control, including natural family planning and sterilization. “

Read the Krugman article.

”Until recently, however, that catering mostly took the form of empty symbolism. Once elections were won, the issues that fired up the base almost always took a back seat to the economic concerns of the elite.“

The economic and political elite of the Republican party crashed and burned with Wall Street and “W”. Now the exploited are in charge of what’s left of the Party.

Don Brown
November 9, 2009

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