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Blue Dog Democrats—What Do You Expect With Only Two Major Parties In A Nation Of 300 Million People?

Many of my fellow liberals are upset about the so-called Blue Dog Democrats who are putting the breaks on aspects of President Obama’s health care proposals.

While I also wish that everyone was as liberal as I am, I’m not sure what people expected after last November’s elections.

If you try to win a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives when there are only two major political parties for over 300 million people, and if you contest and win House seats in Republican leaning districts—What do you imagine you’ll get? A Democratic majority of all liberals?

I think some of these blue dogs could be a bit more brave. I also think President Obama could do a better job selling his ideas to the public. I wish the public as a whole got things right more often instead of allowing themselves to be scared by false notions of government running their lives.

Yet in the end I have to wonder what people figured would be the result when Democrats won House  and Senate seats— in both 2006 and 2008—that had previously been held by Republicans.

There are only two major political parties in our nation of over 300 million people. Any legislative majority in the House or Senate is likely to consist of a variety of viewpoints. This is especially so for Democrats who have a far more diverse voter base than do Republicans.

Democrats can win as many legislative seats as possible and have a more divided caucus, or they can lose some of the more moderate members and have smaller majorities or no majority at all.

July 31, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 4 Comments

Brilliant Scholar & Author Takes Picture Of Swans

Brilliant University of Connecticut scholar & author Dr. Janet Watson has taken the picture you see above while conducting research in Reading, England. 

Janet and I are friends and she told me I could rip this photo off her Facebook page.

Janet is a professor of history. However, when she sees many swans in one place she takes a picture.

Janet is the author of Fighting Different Wars—Experience, Memory, and the First World War in Britain.

Here is a link to buy this book.

From the publisher’s account of the book–

“The popular idea of the First World War is a story of disillusionment and pointless loss. This vision, however, dates from well after the Armistice. Here, Janet Watson separates out wartime from retrospective accounts and contrasts war as lived experience – for soldiers, women and non-combatants – with war as memory, comparing men’s and women’s responses and tracing the re-creation of the war experience in later writings. Using a wealth of published and unpublished wartime and retrospective texts, Watson contends that participants tended to construct their experience – lived and remembered – as either work or service. In fact, far from having a united front, many active participants were in fact ‘fighting different wars’, and this process only continued in the decades following peace. Fighting Different Wars is an interesting, richly textured and multi-layered book which will be compelling reading for all those interested in the First World War”

I have bought a copy of Janet’s book. I’m looking at it right now. I’ve not read it as of yet, but I will. It can take me a few years to get to a book once I buy it. I have a lot of books.

Janet is in England doing research on her next book. I think the new book is going to be about a mermaid who commands a community of talking dolphins….No, hold on…That’s the book I hope to write some day.

Janet says that the one bird on the left of the picture—the one with the white patch under the neck—is an Eurasian Coot. How does she know this? I don’t know. Maybe she asked the bird. Here is information about the Eurasian Coot.

Janet did not say what river these birds live on, but I’ve done a small amount of study and come to the view that the bridge in the background is the Reading Bridge and the river is the River Thames. This bridge was built in 1923. Here are some more facts about the Reading Bridge. (Update—Janet tells me it is the Caversham Bridge.)

Here is the web home for Reading. The folks over there would like you come and visit.

My guess is that the swans in the picture are Mute Swans. Here are facts about Mute Swans.

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