Moving In Our Direction
I was talking with a friend at ITT yesterday and he was saying that he felt real hope about this country’s politics for the first time in a while. I agree. Obviously there’s a long, long way to go. But the for the first time in a long while, it feels like the political conversation is moving in the right direction. Here are just three examples:
1) The War: Obviously, this is the biggest one. The war is now recognized by just about everyone as a disaster (that doesn’t mean people have rejected imperialism, unfortuntely, but baby steps). The public is against it, the pundit class is increasingly against it, and now Republican elected officials are turning against it. Yesterday Obama introduced legislation to pull all troops out by March ‘08, something that is going to further push the boundaries of the political discussion in the right direction.
2) Healthcare: Whether or not the Massachusets and California health care plans are good, mediocre or terrible, the fact is that even Republican politicians increasingly are forced to admit that the healthcare system is broken and must be fixed. Bush acknowledged it in the SOTU. Once that becomes the discussion, the forces of progress have the upper hand
3) Inequality: It’s truly stunning to me how quickly and forcefully inequality has entered the discussion among elites. It’s on the cover of the Economist and even Baron’s for chrissake. You have Bush in a speech today taking a shot at exorbitant CEO pay. So far this is all rhetorical, but there’s a shift in the discussion. Once the political discussion is about inequality, the right is in trouble.