Watershed - a crack in the ice
Jun. 1st, 2006
09:23 am - Watershed
Everyone knows that in the Foundation novels by Isaac Asimov, there is this character named Hari Seldon, who in the far future develops a science called 'psychohistory' that, in a very sort-of zoomed-out, big-picture way, predicts the political future. Not everyone knows that Hari Seldon is actually a real person; he also owns a time machine, and had lunch with Peggy Noonan yesterday.
(All this can be deduced from her article: http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/pnoonan/ )
All right, so you don't have to be Hari Seldon, or even Peggy Noonan, to sense that America approaches some kind of crossroads. I am not impressed by this Unity '08 entity. Their bid to slurp out the sweet vanilla filling of the American middle is nowhere, man, nowhere. But they have a Frogger knockoff, in which you navigate a suitably bland Everyman voter across four lanes of cars driven by bobble-head Republicans and Democrats, to a utopian "Democracyland". I hear that if you make your little video-game dude jump on Hillary Clinton's head just the right way, it triggers an embedded pornographic sequence!
Ah, if only Unity '08 had that much going for it.
What do you think? Will American disaffection provoke a positive change, from without or from within the present parties? Will it provoke a change to something even worse? Or will the Babel of special interests succeed in diverting general disgruntlement in the inane manner to which we have become accustomed (http://www.helpinganimals.com/animalsHome_hurricaneseason.asp)?