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The center does not hold
by Travus T. Hipp
Jan 16, 2011 | 716 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The problem with inspiration is the time delay in achieving the worthy ends. Eloquence combined with insight can change the course of history, but only slowly, with the passage of time and the fading of memories. Seeking some compromise with opponents in some mythical centrist balance between competing ideologies is an intellectually appealing objective, but it ignores history in favor of a futuristic fantasy of their imagining.

Perhaps it was growing up in the shadow of imminent mushroom clouded oblivion, or it may have been the lies and atrocities of Vietnam and subsequent dirty little un-wars around the globe. Maybe it was the politics of dirty tricksters from Nixon forward, stealing elections and sabotaging rivals for power. Or maybe it was the drugs. Who knows, but the end result for myself and many others is a lingering bitterness and anger that is unlikely to dissipate in this lifetime.

President Obama constantly seeks a common middle ground with the Republicans, despite the avowed GOP objective of destroying his presidency and reversing his policies on everything from health care reform and re-regulation of Wall Street and the insurance gangsters. Using the threat of filibuster the Senate  GOP  has blocked every bill and appointment  until they can wring concessions for their corporate and wealthy backers. From the tax deal to unemployment extension and health care, every final bill has been further to the right, re defining the “bi-partisan” center by surrender of core values for short term gains.

This outrages the old guard liberal cum progressive wing of the Democrats, who join in their traditional chorus of complaint against their elected leader and hope for the future. It’s what Democrats do, get over it!

Perhaps the current trend toward corporate fascism will be stopped by incremental gains and accommodation, but for some of us with long memories, it will take some effort to forgive, and we will never forget who did what, with which and to whom. History only forgives when the last witness is dead.

There is no center anymore. It shifts with every crisis. The ship of state turns only right, and rolls with every wave, having lost its political keel.

“Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. “The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views.
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