Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for September 5th from 13:17 to 13:24:
- Mike Lux: Different Than My Small-Town Values – Many of my family and friends in small-town America are Republicans, but they're generally not this kind of mean Republican. The modern Republican party likes to call itself the party of Reagan, and Reagan did remind me of a lot of those small-town folks I know and liked- I disagreed with their politics, but they had a friendliness and warmth that I appreciated. Palin and the modern Republican party reminds me a lot more of Nixon, with that dark, resentful streak, more likely to stick a knife in their neighbor's back than give them a helping hand.
- t r u t h o u t | Angry Amateurs – There is a tendency in the media to kick ourselves, cringe and withdraw, when we are criticized. But I hope my colleagues stand strong in this case: it is important for the public to know that Palin raised taxes as governor, supported the Bridge to Nowhere before she opposed it, pursued pork-barrel projects as mayor, tried to ban books at the local library and thinks the war in Iraq is "a task from God."
- What World Does The Republican Party Live In? | NDN Blog – I have watched the coverage of the Republican Convention for three days now and I have two main observations: 1) they have not presented a single proposal, just snide remarks (clever ones, but merely snide remarks all the same) and 2) the crowd is older and all white. Such a homogenous crowd is simply not reflective of the reality of the United States of America – watching and listening to the Convention makes one thing abundantly clear: the Republican Party is so very, very out of touch with the country they claim to put first.
- Open Left:: McCain’s America – When Sarah Palin speaks in bitter tones of mockery towards those who disagree with what the American government has done over the last eight years, this is the kind of America she wants to create. This is the story of the election, right here. Fences, barbed wire, and national guard troops in a progressive city, a story ignored by the press.
- The Anti-Republican Republican Who Is Really a Republican – Never in recent American history has the candidate of a party seeking to maintain its hold on the presidency seen its candidate so aggressively dismiss the legacy of the incumbent commander-in-chief and his allies.
- Truthdig – Reports – Memoir Politics – Talk about role reversal. The Republican Party, which scoffs at the nonsense of “identity politics,” has staked everything on the compelling life stories of its presidential and vice presidential candidates. The Democratic Party, ever conscious of the diversity of modern America, is doing everything it can to blur the lines of race, class and gender.
- Truthdig – Arts and Culture – Robert Christgau on America’s Secret Fundamentalists – Jeff Sharlet’s “The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power” examines a group of politically engaged Christians far more secretive than Robertson or Falwell. Sharlet establishes that since the end of World War II, the Family, aka the Fellowship, has exerted its influence in an impressive and frightening array of mostly dire events.