I’ve got a bit of start on entering Washington Post’s “Next Great Pundit” competition. I decided to write as a crazed Liebercrat who is anti-Obama but is obsessed with the idea of appeasement. I need a lot of help. Ideally, the thing sound good with lots of little catchy sound bites, but make as little actual sense as possible. Also, is anyone willing to send it under their name? I have a friend here who will do it, but I’m not sure his profile is what they are looking for. Here’s what I have so far for my essay — it is *very* rough and only maybe a quarter finished. A lot you should be much better at this than I am, so please pitch in if you’re so inclined with suggestions, rewrites, etc.
Slouching Towards Munich
“The best lack all conviction, while the worst/ Are full of passionate
intensity” Yeats wrote a few years after the close of what was then
called the Great War. The war we are now engaged in has yet to be
given a name and is more Hobbesian all-against-all than Yeatsian
good-against-evil, but otherwise circumstances are much the same.
Obama is among the best, of that there is no doubt. He is reason
incarnate, silver-tongued, and unquestionably well-meaning. But there
is a lack of conviction. Abroad our enemies and ostensible
allies pay us little heed. North Korea and Iran are building nuclear
arsenals. Russia thumbs its nose at our proclamations about freedom
and free markets. At home extremists on both sides — birthers and
truthers, tea partiers and foul-mouthed bloggers, Keith Olbermann and
Glenn Beck — dominate the discourse as never before. In Congress,
unions and insurance companies control the fate of health care
legislation, while the administraion is silent and the fiscally
prudent are silenced.
Appeasement goes by many names and by any, it tastes as bitter…
More interested in apprehending Roman Polanski than Osama Bin Laden….