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18.1.06 Citty upon a Hill  

From inside Harlem, Hillary Rodham said what we all already knew, that the House "has been run like a plantation"--"nobody with a contrary view has had a chance to present legislation, to make an argument, to be heard." Barack Obama, our vaunted melting-pot democracy's one black senator, joined her in questioning the GOP's top-down structure, how it straitjackets ideas & enforces consensus. Information wants to be free; Republicans have other plans. Don't forget that real-life morality tale unearthed by the LAT:

As part of an information offensive in Iraq, the U.S. military is secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to publish stories written by American troops in an effort to burnish the image of the U.S. mission in Iraq. [...] “Absolute truth was not an essential element of these stories,” said the senior military official who spent this year in Iraq.

And here our country's supposed to be as a "Citty upon a Hill, the eies of all people upon us." Winthrop-via-Reagan: a poisonous irony of American history that still resonates, both here and abroad. (If Reaganomics and drugs saved rap, it's not unlikely we'll owe the neocons for the next leap in pop history.)

Once upon a time, the Dems offered an alternative. They still can, but the road forks: into the New Deal/Great Society path of social justice and the DLC's path to the Republican Party lite. It's a matter of worldview, not just Keynes vs. Hayek. (Some ideas here & here.)

Ab ovo