For over 30 years we have watched while a political party took the reigns of power by declaring the best government is that government which governs least. The notion took hold by virtue of twisted mythologies, blatant lies, interminable fear-mongering, subtle race-baiting, adolescent machismo, cowboy inanities, bad history, bad economic theory, bad corporate structure, bad foreign policy, bad math, bad science, no respect for the labor that actually built this country, stalinist tactics, purism in religion, absurd utopian conceptions of human behavior, suspicion of excellence, rejection of debate, refusal to compromise, and dividing to conquer. For over 30 years they have refused to address a staggering array of problems which, in their time, could have been handled had they engaged the drive and ingenuity of the American people. But they failed to do so because they were leaders who failed to lead all the while proclaiming how well they were leading. For over 30 years they had plenty they could have done but instead did nothing. All the while, they gave it away with a smirk as if this nation was some monstrous garage sale disgorging trinkets to the poor neighbors. They did not govern as that which governs least. They have governed as that which does not govern at all. For over 30 years the GOP has not been simply The Party of No. They have been The Party of Nero, fiddling away while our country turned to shit before our very eyes.
Been mostly out loud for a long time. Committing some of the noise to readable bytes.
I occasionally go by my initials, ba, but I'm using a nom de revolucion bestowed on me by the good fellows who operate Progressive Blend Radio. You'll have to check with them for an explanation of the name, though I suspect that my general point of view and method of displaying it goes a fair way to providing at least some clues.
I'm a lawyer by trade, historian and history teacher by education, and a political commentator by inclination. My mom tells me I was following politics by the time I was about 6 years old. I don't know why, it just always seemed to matter to me. It might be because I took the fact that my birthday is July 4th (yes it is) seriously as an American. I believe the evidence shows this country was founded on classically liberal principles and that we need to rediscover what that means and how it applies in our time if we wish to survive as the kind of nation our founders envisioned.