The Better Angles Of Our Nature

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During the last four years of the Obama administration I informed all my Democratic buddies, that not only had I become a conservative, that if not then, but soon, they would consider themselves, conservatives as well.

It happen. Some three years later, after a Republican controlled Senate refused to allow a duly elected President’s nominee for the Supreme Court to receive a hearing and a vote. Thumbing their collective nose at a constitutionally proscribed duty, and craping all over a two-hundred year old tradition. It’s not that the GOP voted no. I would have been O.K. with that. It’s that they blatantly gamed a system that had work for centuries, and in so doing, the rules of that game has changed. Now.. playing the angles.

My politics didn’t change. I was still a shade left of center.  But I have an Burkean/Oakeshott appreciation for political and social tradition, and I thought that the professed right wing Republicans would feel the same way, to be cautious about the concerns and understandings of Edmund Burke.

But Burke hasn’t been their bunkie for decades. Like short term profits they were all about expediency, and at the cost of a constitutional order.

Look at the GOP today, and their short order cook serving his base all and everything that’s off any traditional American political menu.

Gutting the Constitution and dishing the offal.


I’m spry yet retired. I reside in the inner city of a major metropolitan area of the United States. I read politics. I watch baseball. I hum along with the tune. I June swoon, and moon the bad poem. Post here, are old and new. Opinions are my very own, except when wrong.

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