Whoa man, the battle against bitterness is one of the things that you hear about before moving to a place like DC, but you just don’t KNOW it until you face it. I was going to go into an explanation of all that but you know what? I think I won’t, preferring instead to spend the rest of this beautiful day heading down to the Mall to take a picture of the nephews’ drawings positioned in front of the Capitol Building so I can send them a letter with that image included. My sister says the anecdote for dealing with the careless and narcissistic is a concerted effort to be a blessing in the world. I think that’s good advice. So, before heading out to undertake that task, here are a few things that I hope are of interest.
A few things that have increased during the Hope n’ Change admin. 1) government requests for your personal info. Allahpundit makes a decent case that the bullying from the Hill should at least mitigate big Tech’s share of the responsibility in the secret snoop-a-thon, formally called PRISM. I guess. But then there are these stories, too. Don’t get me wrong: I don’t fear surveillance, and I appreciate efforts to keep us safe. But, and I’ll be honest, there’s little about this administration that’s proved impressive from the straight-shooter perspective. So call me crazy, but I’m somewhat skeptical of their motives. Anyway, this is maybe the best column I’ve read on it all because it does include a unified field theory as it were: power. 2) Your health insurance premiums. I spent a lot of time pre-OCare passage talking about this one, as did those way smarter and with a better platform. So, ya know what America? Suck it up. You wanted it. You sang about it. You vilified the detractors. Enjoy your win.
So, I did something pretty good. I tell ya, I like the way they edit over there. They keep the writer’s voice and language, only restructuring sentences and breaking up grafs for readability. I hope they let me write again.
Good piece here. Money quote: “‘The West Wing,’ probably Sorkin’s most popular work, encapsulates perfectly a self-satisfied and somewhat sunny liberal view of Washington, in which pragmatic, do-gooders are thwarted only by circumstance and mean opposition from making the wheels of government turn to the good of the people. I do not hold this worldview. Mine is more “House of Cards,” in which a bunch of basically corrupt people work within a basically corrupt system to satisfy self-serving ends, thwarted rarely by decent people and do-gooders. The only quibble I have with ‘House of Cards’ is its portrayal of Washington evil as competent evil, when real Washington is more often filled with a bunch of incompetent, sloppy, and even accidental evil. Maybe ‘Veep’ takes care of that quibble.”
This film was recommended to me and now I’m recommending it to you.