America in Retweet?
Eliot A. Cohen on Our Twittering Politicos in the WSJ
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  • Breif2

    “The Obama crowd too often responds to critics and to world affairs like self-absorbed adolescents”

    Well of course. “We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for,” after all. We have not the time for anything else.

    • Andrew Allison

      Regrettably, given that it’s the first let by a so-called ” Black” President*, this administration will go down in history as not just the most divisive, or the most regardless of the Constitution, but for the complete and utter ineptitude of its foreign policy.
      * the Black population of the USA came from West Africa a couple centuries ago, and identifying the child of an American and a native East African as Black in the sense that it is understood in the USA is a stretch based purely on pigmentation.

      • rheddles

        The second reconstruction will be seen as even less effective than the first. Some should consider what followed the first as they plan for the future.

      • Corlyss

        Yeah, well, the name they want to call themselves has gone thru an “evolution” in an etymological sense. They didn’t like “Negro” or “colored” I guess because they didn’t think it up. In the 60s they came up with “black” in order to remind light-skinned Negroes, who fared better in society than darker-skinned Negroes did, that they still had enough Negro blood to make them just as disadvantaged as the blackest of them. Then they decided they didn’t like “black” so they adopted African American, which is an aggrandizement of the former and an insult to the latter in addition to being patently inapt for people whose ancestors came here 300 years ago – if they ain’t American, period, by now, they ain’t nothin’. ‘Tis a pity that hyphenated origin tags are still in use but politicos love to slice and dice the voters based on some ethnic allegiance that may or may not exist. As for blacks, I do not capitalize it and, like GHW Bush, I changed my mind once when they selected “black” and I refuse to change my mind again. I will follow Whoopi Goldberg’s decision when she announced that she’d been to Africa and she was an American, i.e., she weren’t no African-American.

  • Anthony

    Gravitas, sobriety, perseverance, and constancy (words once to live by) where have thou gone – and can thou regain prominence in world of twitter, facebook, instagram, social media, etc. “Everything good in man leans on what is higher.” (Emerson)

    • Andrew Allison

      Assuming, for the sake of argument, that anybody with “Gravitas, sobriety, perseverance, and constancy” would stoop twittering on social media, wouldn’t their output reflect that?

  • qet

    A nation gets the leaders it deserves. The current leadership is simply a reflection of the prevailing adolescent political ethos in this country. Remember that even among Democrats and the Left, the adolescent Obama wing first had to overthrow the “adult” Clinton wing during the primaries. Funny how the media Olympians of the Left (Dowd, Krugman, Friedman, Dionne, Cohen, Milbank, Klein, Yglesias, Maddow, Walsh, &c) always pretend that dogfight never happened. You think President Hillary would have been so foolish as to cram down the gullet of America an ill-conceived and even more ill-executed health care fiasco, or appoint the likes of Susan Rice and Samantha “Name Them and Shame Them” Power to important posts? I have heard it said that if 4 million more GOP voters who turned out in 2008 had turned out in 2012, had simply troubled themselves to go to the polls that day, Romney would have won. If people can’t be bothered to vote once in every 4 years then they, and we, deserve our present Administration.

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