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The common sense candidate

Fred Thompson, the actor slated to be appointed vice president after Cheney resigns because of health issues later this summer, says Americans are ready for some common sense policies.

Sure, who isn’t. But that’s the sort of thing a candidate says to postpone our discovering we disagree with him. Likewise, Obama talks about coming together around our shared American values.

But the fact is that we don’t hold our sense in common. And, while we can come up with values we Americans generally share, they’re too broad to guide implementation. We disagree with one another. On some issues, we really really disagree. Really really really.

Now, Fred Thompson is just a manly actor who takes Reagan as his role model, which is aiming pretty low. Obama, on the other hand, I find inspiring and has unlimited potential; I’d be thrilled to have him as our candidate. Obama has, of course, been filling in the details of his policies, because appeals to common sense and shared values can only put off disagreement for so long. [Tags: ]

4 Responses to “The common sense candidate”

  1. Dave

    We’re putting together an unconference on the Road Home Program, here in Louisiana. I’m excited about it. It ties into this post in this way.

    From last years summer of planning, and the preposterous citizen participation events, I can’t agree with you more that the notion of common values breaks down long before implementation.

    A driving factor behind how uselessness of these conferences, was this notion of democracy that involved everyone agreeing, getting along, coming to the same conclusion. Not surprisingly, that conclusion would be the one that the funders of the conference wanted the conference to produce. F

    The facilitator of these conferences, AmericaSpeaks, coming from far away to inject themselves in our process, were oblivious to the politics of New Orleans, Baton Rouge and the recovery. When you talked about the politics, when you asked about who funded them, who was providing them with their technical materials, they would insist that it didn’t matter. They would stare incredulously, as if you were a conspiracy nut.

    But, every time, the questions were grossly misleading, the outcomes were laughably absurd, and people in the neighborhoods would hound the City to ignore the results, and instead pay attention to the work of citizens at the district and neighborhood level.

    I’ve come to appreciate democracy as a surrogate for violent conflict.

  2. If the GOP nominates Fred Thompson as their presidential candidate, I think that it’s only fair that the Democrats should nominate Martin Sheen as their candidate.

  3. If Thompson gets some practice team snaps as you suggest, look for him to get more than a veep’s share of face time. When he is in Nashville, I run into him occasionally, primarily at a donut shop. He is a charming, charismatic, and commanding character for sure. Too bad he’s on the other side of the aisle and ideology. American voters remain shallow enough to sweep him into office the way they did Reagan, for no reason other than they recognize that face from somewhere.

    Tricky little interview in reason that did not satisfy, just whetted — guess I’ll have to buy the book!

  4. If Thompson gets some practice team snaps as you suggest, look for him to get more than a veep’s share of face time. When he is in Nashville, I run into him occasionally, primarily at a donut shop. He is a charming, charismatic, and commanding character for sure. Too bad he’s on the other side of the aisle and ideology. American voters remain shallow enough to sweep him into office the way they did Reagan, for no reason other than they recognize that face from somewhere.

    Tricky little interview in reason that did not satisfy, just whetted — guess I’ll have to buy the book!

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