Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jedi Master

Lex Communis has a series of links critical of the celebration of moral relativism in George Lucas' Star Wars sexology.

In Revenge of the Sith, Lucas tried to argue democracies elide from free societies to autocracy overnight. In interviews, he tried to cite the French Third Republic and the German Weimar Republic as examples.

In reality these systems first sank into a fug of moral relativism, where the highest duty of government was seen as avoiding extremes and balancing tensions. In practice, this is achieved by frustrating all political factions in the name of patriotism.

This negative political vision is the goal of a small minority, who refuse to align with factions built around agendas. It is therefore widely unpopular and inherently unstable.

At the first real crisis requiring resolute and committed action by the government, the leadership which has surmounted factionalism by avoiding decision, will be incapable of transforming from a passive authority into an activist government. It will therefore fail to resolve the crisis. The deeper the crisis, the harsher and more radical the popular rejection of the mediocre caretaker regime.

Lucas had a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate this, but unfortunately Lucas is among the minority longing for mediocrity. His psalm about the need to believe nothing too deeply renders this political fable a lame jeremiad against unfathomable Destiny that frustrates the best efforts of well-meaning relativists.

Silly rabbit, I want to yell, your system fell because it was built on sneering at the majority who gave a damn about results!

No, no, mutters the relativist, it is all a Greek tragedy of inescapable Doom. And then sulks in the ultrasophisticated melancholy of the postmodernist navelgazer.

I am too simplistic to appreciate the high Art of the vast-right-wing conspiracy of Fate.
To me, any man-made system fails through its human flaws, which are either curable with self-adjustment, or solvable with personnel changes.
Such is the eternal optimism of the American conservative. It used to be the message of Star Wars.

The spirit of the Jedi lives on in the United States Senate, where success is all about giving lip service to letting go while grabbing what you can with both hands.

Senator Clinton demonstrated impressive Jedi powers at her latest fundraiser. Like, communing with past masters:
"Now, I talk to Eleanor Roosevelt all the time, and she has never said there is any reason to only have one point of view," she said. "But apparently they have a different direct line."
Despite the blue apparition at her shoulder, Hillary does descend into Sith-like absolutes:
"There has never been an administration, I don't believe in our history, more intent upon consolidating and abusing power to further their own agenda," Mrs. Clinton told the audience at a "Women for Hillary" gathering in Midtown Manhattan this morning.
There's a Sith legend about a guy from Arkansas who tried to regulate private enterprises' hiring policies with executive orders, went to the Supreme Court to argue executive privilege forbade any testimony about any White House transactions by anybody, and gutted the War Powers Act.
"I know it's frustrating for many of you; it's frustrating for me: Why can't the Democrats do more to stop them?" she continued to growing applause and cheers. "I can tell you this: It's very hard to stop people who have no shame about what they're doing. It is very hard to tell people that they are making decisions that will undermine our checks and balances and constitutional system of government who don't care. It is very hard to stop people who have never been acquainted with the truth."
So we found in 1992 and 1996.
[Ed: On Wednesday Limbaugh said this point was being made by Democratic Senate staffers in private emails.]
Mrs. Clinton described Republican leaders as messianic in their beliefs, willing to manipulate facts and even "destroy" the Senate to gain political advantage over the Democratic minority.
Wouldn't that be "satanic"? Or in liberal Newspeak is "messianic" a synonym for immoral lust for power?
She also labeled the House of Representatives as "a dictatorship of the Republican leadership," where individual members are all but required to vote in lock-step with the majority's agenda.
Some simplistic minds might find this a sign of holding just one point of view. But really, any rational person would object to Congress trying to get work done. Right? No? You must have the wrong direct line.
Referring to Congress' Republican leadership, she said, "Some honestly believe they are motivated by the truth, they are motivated by a higher calling, they are motivated by, I guess, a direct line to the heavens."
Eleanor says they're nuts!
"We can't ever, ever give in to the Republican agenda," she declared. "It isn't good for New York and it isn't good for America."
Lucky how that worked out for her.
Imagine her dilemma if it was good for New York but bad for America, or bad for New York but good for America...
Suggesting some lines of reporting, she asserted that the Bush administration could not account for $9 billion in Coalition Authority spending in Iraq, and that the Food and Drug Administration had allowed religious and political bias to interfere with science-driven decision-making on reproductive drugs.
Yeah, who required ethics in medicine anyhow? Must have been some Jesus-freak.

If Hillary can't raise money in her own backyard without stooping to this, she'll be stumbling out of the gate in 2008.

Kudos to Patrick D. Healy for his report for the AP.

Note: The Daily Spork earlier noticed Hillary's drift to the Dark Side. And that of her audience.

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