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Aug 21, 2007

Political Revisionism Getting Out Of Hand


Be warned, this is not last week's Economist cover.  ... It is The BAG's recommendation, however, for how it more accurately might have looked.

Simple as it is to suggest that America is being led off path to the left (see analysis of the actual cover at Huffington), isn't the country, in fact, simply feeling its way back toward the center in reaction to the off-the-page extremism of right-wing radicals?

(photo-illustration: The Economist cover.  August 11, 2007)


It's the "hand" ... ubiquitous, no?

I was asked about this yesterday, someone asked me if I thought America was turning left. I scoffed and replied it never left the left, the idiots who write for the Economist thought Bush was the legitimite leader of all America. Bush never lead all of America, he and Rove only ever gave a shit about the fundies and the corporations.

Sorry, but the country is nowhere near on the road back.

The destroyers of a constitutional government are all still sitting smug -- "not part of the executive branch" -- this Congress deserves every bit of the contempt it is being shown, doesn't it? Until Congress starts impeachment proceedings agains these destroyers, it is complicit in the ruination of our freedoms.

When even lifetime warmongers decry the current regime, you know its corrupt stink has permeated our nation even unto the Right. Heckuva job.

The original cover image shows a road moving up and down, rolling along, with in the far distance, a hook to the left, with a long meandering in the greater distance from left to right again.....recalling the the meme about swings of political mood, ie., the national bi-polar disease, from Republican to Democrat and back, ad nauseum. The hand, in the center of the original? The atmosphere...changing, winds shifting to the left-of-center from one sense, accurate, if we believe that 1/2 the voters really did want Bush to be President.

Frankly, the term left and right have more to do with ideas from a much earlier era, and tend to obscure the traditional character of the two different parties, which generally had room in the old days, for dissenting voices on either extreme. Both parties were essentially centrist, just with a different idea of how government worked, the economic paths taken, and social policies. That's why folks like Hillary could support Goldwater and the Republican Party of the early 1960's. (He wasn't, in spite of his speech about "extremism in the defense of Liberty," such an extremist as we have seen in the past 6 years.) It was, generally, a more stable, less mean-spirited time when bi-partisanism could really work.

We don't have a tradition that is solidly Left, except for a few extreme movements in the 1930's and 1960's, which supported socialism and/or communism. The Right was associated with racists, segregationists, and fascists, e.g. KKK and nazis and rabid anti-communists. It made it easy to choose a middle path, regardless of political leaning, toward Democrat or Republican.

I agree with Scorpio's quatro entry. It's been taken so far to the right with such little resistance that it will take too long to even get it back to center before another radical right regime will take over again and take us even deeper into this foundation they have laid.
The left has nothing but bloggers to battle the right with. The media most Americans are exposed to is way far right of center.

Nice job on the cover art Bag, I did a double take when I got here. The original art annoyed me for the reasons stated above.

The Economist – reluctantly – supported Kerry in the last election, btw. Not because they liked him but they thought Bush was insane in the membrane. They aren't all bad. European conservatives are not as harsh, deadly, & f'n crazy as American conservatives. Nor do they have as much control over their media. That might be the answer to our problems, instead of calling for impeachment, call on your representitives to stop allowing companies like Clear Channel Communications(one example) to own every f'n radio station in the country. Call on them to break up these monopolies too!

I have read the article to which the original cover refers:

The Economist a conservative oracle of unfettered capitalism is doing its standard chicken little routine again. The article is full of contradictions and is as cloudy and misleading as the cover, both merit a thumbs down evaluation in my opinion.

Is it significant that the communication lines are all on the right of the road to nowhere?

When even the John Birch society regards Bushco as too extreme, one has to conclude that the direction implied in "turning left" has lost all meaning. The revised cover makes much more sense.

PTateinFR: The lines of communication all to the right: a good catch!

But, I don't think the road is necessarily going "nowhere;" rather more deeply into the desert, into mountains...oh, maybe, where UBL is hiding? That's very dry country alongside the road...maybe, suggesting global warming?

[I'm back, after the other day, thanks, to your kind remarks. Hope you won't find any reason to regret them. ;>}]

Still the Myth of the American Frontier? Americanism is still a Rugged Individual, riding solo into the west? I personally would like to move on to being a collective of new urbanists, but I guess I'm forever doomed to being a cowboy, riding alone and macho, a solitary black dot about to conquer the purple mountains majesty.

P.S. To my engineer's eye, that infrastructure needs maintenance. Road is mottled down the center, due for re-striping. I'd like to see rumble strips on the shoulder as well, but I suppose those are a pansy invention of the nanny state, meant to keep the weak alive. No need for that out here.

Megan, my guess is it's not even a photo of a U.S. highway. Or it's on reservation land. Or it's from 1979 (the motorcycle and highway's state of disrepair reflecting the second oil crisis). Something about the road just doesn't look right.

But as long as Easy Rider is referenced, The Economist doesn't have to use a photo of the U.S. because no one will question it.

Why are people afraid of centrist journalism. People are so enraptured in their own ideologies that a publication like the Economist seems to scare them. Fans of The "Nation" magazine or the "Weekly Standard" magazine cannot stand reading about an in depth, unbiased view of the world.

I fear your dancing days are done,

more evocative of a Kerouac Road Trip than any sense whatsoever of returning. The 'hand' is here entirely pointless; childishly inartistic. fwiw, i'm lost in thought, in all this empty space (not to mention, i be alone).


what am i = we returning to? some kind of desert dystopia??

oh, "the straight and narrow". thank-you, psych-meds : larger than life, and twice as ugly ~ if you want me to live there, you'll have to drug me?

no exit?

no, thanks! i'll take the next detour, s'il vous plait. i need a drink, some premium petrol for my red Ducati M900, baby ~ and a peace...

...not necessarily in that order !

MonsieurGonzo, you have been missed

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