"Double-flowering tulip in our 'parterre' garden lifts its skirts to show a little ankle," we captioned an earlier iteration three years back of the lovely pale pink blossoms now gracing our garden, comparing them to "Laura Bush's naughty-but-nice performance at the White House Correspondents Dinner" a few days earlier.
"The left systematically substitutes compassion for standards, which is not a recipe for excellence, to say the least," writes Gagdad Bob in a sparkling gem of a post about the chip on Michelle Obama's shoulder:
You just have to be so ahistorically narcissistic to share Obama's bleak vision of the United States. Your mind has to essentially circle in a tight spiral around your own myopia and provincialism, so that it is simultaneously petty, and yet, grandiose and presumptuous. Far from having doors closed to her, this is a woman who has probably never been confronted and brought down a peg, one of the sad legacies of white liberal guilt. This is the very reason why left-wing black "thinkers" tend not just to be such cringeworthy mediocrities, but downright embarrassments, such as Cornell West, whereas conservative black thinkers such as Thomas Sowell or Shelby Steele are as brilliant as they come.
Sister Sue (center) left 'em rolling in the aisles as Bea -- the role first played by Bea Arthur -- in "Lovers and Other Strangers" at the Amesbury Playhouse last night.
If humans are by their very nature imperfect and, moreover, imperfectible, it follows necessarily that human institutions are also inherently imperfect and, moreover, imperfectible. Even the United States of America.
The framers of the American Republic were highly conscious of this basic fact. They knew that fallen mankind was capable of great evil and that tyranny therefore was an ever present threat in human society.
Professor B. was writing in the context of B. Obama's utopianist assertion that "I believe in our ability to perfect this union because it’s the only reason I’m standing here today." The fact-challenged fellow might do well to review not only an atlas of these United States but also a history of the Plimouth Plantation's belated discovery of the power of capitalism.
One wonders whether the presidential contender from Chicago's South Side really believes this stuff or rather has such a low opinion of the intelligence and historical sense of his fellow citizens as to believe they will fall for it and vote him into the Oval Office. What with the history-challenged, anti-capitalist curriculum promulgated by his neighbor Bill Ayers, he may be onto something.
All the world's a stage. Let me entertain you. L'chaim!
Thinking about the power behind the throne, whom would you rather have as first lady/rogue, Michelle, Bubba or Cindy?
Update: The Anchoress links in one of her wide-ranging, addictive Q&A posts.