Some stuff I read today:
1. Uniquely American? – I think this is an interesting explanation of why some political initiatives can work (at least by their own definition, for good or bad) in other countries, but fail within the American political framework.
One commenter suggested that under this argument, a “broken” political system implies a freer people, and is thus preferable. In this sense I agree as well. Also, as always, the comments are as interesting as the articles themselves.
Hadn’t thought about this before. YMMV.
2. Also, since Sarah Palin will apparently be forever in the news, I’m generally on board with this take. Meaning, I don’t dislike her, in fact there are some aspects I really like, but I’m in the group that thinks she’s not qualified for national office. As for the rest of the article, some of the assumptions are odd, like the implication that Barack Obama is not a populist. Uh what? Seriously?
I don’t write a political blog for a reason.
EDIT: Commenter “Dad” makes a good point, and I agree Obama isn’t actually a populist. To clarify the above post, I think Obama often uses populist rhetoric in support of various political aims.