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October 2, 2008

Back when "progressive" was a good thing

Neptunus Lex had something to say about the differing reactions that McCain and Obama recently faced, when commenting on a proposal to lift the ROTC ban at Columbia University.

The thread quickly became a discussion about "keeping (or encouraging) liberals out of the military," with the majority opinion developing that political diversity is very important for our military. It's a good thread, you should Read The Whole Thing, as they say.

What caught my eye towards the end was a secondary thread started by russiannavyblog (comment #15) wherein he mentioned more than a few liberal military members of excellent standing. Others took issue as to whether certain politicians (Teddy Roosevelt) were "really" liberal or not, and in what context. Mention was made of Teddy's trust-busting work, in contrast to McKinley.

That's where I jumped in:

Back in the day, more than a few of those trusts were (economically) objectionable. The problem is that both the economic & political context have changed, as well as our terms.

Back then, "progressive" or "reformist" meant something. Truly large corporations (including especially the railroad companies) held an enormous power over local politics. Unions were still scrabbling for a toehold, up to the point where the Supreme Court struck down one collective bargaining agreement on the basis that said agreement violated the individual's right to freely contract their own labor. Even most conservatives today would, I think, be appalled at that logic.

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A little note of gratitude for my friends on the Left...

Patterico recently had something to say about the Horrible Reporting that the L.A. Times Did on the US Attorneys purge last year. It's good stuff.

What caught my eye was his mention of an earlier argument (March '07) that then-Attorney General Gonzales should resign, something I would have heartily agreed with had I seen it.

Patterico then mentioned that he had opposed nominating Gonzales for the Supreme Court back in September of '05, which brings me to this post.

To my friends on the Left, who opposed the Gonzales nomination for the Supreme Court:


Great fake bands from movies and TV

Ace links to a list: "20 Real-Cool Fake Bands from TV and Movies." The sad thing is that they included some really lame bands, and forgot several excellent ones.

First, as Ace points out, Eddie and the Cruisers didn't even make the list. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!?

Other great movie groups they missed:
-Wyld Styllyns (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure)
-the Blues Brothers
-the Monkees (ok, they're TV)
-The Wonders (That Thing You Do)
-The Lone Rangers (Airheads)
-Suburban Funk (The New Guy)
-James "Thunder" Early and the Dreamettes (Dreamgirls)

... and my all-time personal favorite: The Commitments, from the movie of the same name.

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