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  •  Totally disagree. Not a big lie. (0+ / 0-)

    Reagan was simply a politician who knew something:

    Reagan’s Big Lie restored the primacy of mythology over observation and reason

    That was a Big Truth.  Mythology and Narrative is exactly the stuff of politics and nation building.

    That's what we haven't learned even with Obama.  Especially with Obama.  Even though he's espoused the Reagan myth.

    Mythology is EVERYTHING. It was in 2010 (that's why folks are experiencing the cruel crash to the reality of Obama's political compromises). And it will be in 2012.  And unfortunately Obama has played out his mythic capital already.

    Reagan was brilliant in that end.  Unfortunately his talents were applied to the wrong agenda.  Happens.


    by Aeolos on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 08:55:59 AM PDT

    •  Governing and Elections are not the same (0+ / 0-)

      I would agree that narrative and stories are essential to campaigns.  They help people "connect."

      The problem that I have with Reagan is that he governed using mythology.  Governing requires experimentation and finding solutions that improve the general welfare.  Reagan's policies undercut the foundation of our middle class society.

      So, yes, Obama's greatest problem is governing using the mythology of "compromise."  Compromise is a tool to achieve a goal; it is not an end in itself.  The President seems to belief his goal is to get a compromise and that he will be rewarded for it.  No, the goal is to improve our community.  The results have to be real not mythological.

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