Monday, March 22, 2010

The Two Americas: Greater New York and the 37 states

Eric Parks on Red State Eclectic

I’ve kind of lost track of how it has been possible that someone so naïve and unprepared for her work as Nancy Pelosi came to run this country. Someone from such a rare, esoteric, even strange and narrow constituency and one fully unrepresentative and generally at odds with the main run of the country. But there it is, skipping to work with that contemptuous amphedamene grin, holding hands with Steny Hoyerr and John Lewis, singing Kumbaya.

The votes, the whole drama led by Pelosi is the first material stepin the change. And the change is the division of America from one state to two. There are 37 states in the one group. They are bringing a states rights challenge to the bill. The other state is New York and it has two parts, East and West. West is where Pelosi lives.
This quote from Alexis De Tocqueville posted by Eric Parks of Red State Eclectic might be considered representative of the 37: It's not an endlessly expanding list of rights – the "right" to education, the "right" to health care, the "right" to food and housing. That's not freedom, that's dependency. Those aren't rights, those are the rations of slavery – hay and a barn for human cattle. – Alexis De Tocquiville
Three things:
- All countries divide by temperrment which manifests in economics. What is historic about this vote is that The economic contention that has dominated the country and the world since 1865, Hamilton vs Marx, has shifted now to contention betweeen Hamilton and Jefferson. This is the way the country was before 1865. It portends the end of globalization. Historian David Smiley, late of Wake Forest Univerrsity, pointed out in his writing and lectures that when the United States went to to the globalist Hamilton view the entire world followed suit. Likewise it could return to Jefferrson’s federalism. Futurist Gerald Celente says it will.
- While the New Yorkers began their arc in 1865 with Lincoln and Grant, the 37 states began theirs in 1981 when the South universally shifted from Democrat to Republican to vote for Ronald Reagan. The 37 states will now find their center; their capital. It will be Texas. Remember the Alamo. It is a Creation Myth.
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- Poets have noticed that political temperament changes as it follows the power arc. As Emerrson said at the beginning, we see ourselves ascending a stairs But then we descend and it reflects in the character and abilities in the politician. That which began in New York with Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant with the Roosevelts in the middle, end its descent with Joe Biden, Pelosi, Barney Frank. This is the way the world ends, said T.S. Eliot, not with a bang, but with a whimper. But the art is good at the end, like Nurse Jackie, which is terrific.