Master of Querimonies

Change is scary

Posted in Uncategorized by Davis X. Machina on July 19, 2011

But the more you have to paddle just to stay where you are, the scarier change is. People who are feeling like their present status is at-risk, contingent, who have to paddle like a son-of-a-bitch, who are convinced the game is zero-sum, are going to dig in their heels. Nothing-to-lose gets you a revolution. Something-to-lose, and feeling like you’re about to lose it, gets you stasis. Things like PPCA and DADT (or a black president), wouldn’t have gone down perfectly smoothly under any circumstances, but tough times are more likely to amplify the chorus of ‘Stop’!

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William Goldman was right…

Posted in Uncategorized by Davis X. Machina on July 7, 2011

…when he said ‘Nobody knows anything, not just about Hollywood, but about Washington.

Probably because Jay Leno was right when he said “Politics is just show business for ugly people”.

And nobody knows anything about the Grand budget-tax-debt-ceiling entitlement Compromise.

There’s always somthing cookin’ at Romney’s….

Posted in The upcoming Mayan general elections by Davis X. Machina on July 6, 2011

He’s white. He’s not Keynan. He’s not obviously from anywhere, really, certainly not the South, or a big city. He may be a Mormon, but at least he’s not a Muslim. And he’s definitely not a socialist. And to the naked eye he appears not to be barking mad.

This is America, and there’s nothing more American than the desire to not be disappointed. We’re the home of Olive Garden, and Chili’s, and Applebee’s. We don’t want food, so much as something that looks like what we think food should look like. And we don’t want politicians, so much as people who look like what we think politicians look like. [1]

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2012 GOP presidential candidate — A White Guy in a Suit/Something Else in a Suit, 2012!

[1] Sometimes we’ll go crazy and ethnic. Obama. P.F. Chang’s. But only sometimes…

Ipse Dixit

Posted in Forward into the past by Davis X. Machina on July 5, 2011

“Reagan taught us that deficits don’t matter”  Dick Cheney

Ipse dixit:

Ipse dixit is a Latin phrase meaning ‘he himself said it’. The term labels a dogmatic statement asserted but not proved, to be accepted on faith in the speaker.[1] Usually from a person of standing or good reputation, such as Aristotle or even Plato; a dictum. The legal and philosophical principle of “Ipse dixit” involves an unproven assertion, which is claimed to be authoritative because ‘he himself said it.’ It is asserted, but not proved, for example: “His testimony that she was a liar was nothing more than an ipse dixit.“[2] In the Middle Ages, scholars often applied the term to justify arguments if they had been used by Aristotle.[3]

Our new Middle Ages—come for the feudalism, stay for the scholastic theology.

Tenaces antiquorum

Posted in Forward into the past by Davis X. Machina on July 3, 2011

The basic problem with Republicans is, they’re not Republicans, they’re monarchists. They’re interchangeable with the Bourbon faction in early 19th c. France.

The royalist party in a parliament has no real interest in cooperating with the small-r republican parties, in governing. Its sole purpose for being is to hasten the day Restoration.

When the king comes into his own again, ‘politics’ can return to its God-intended form: courtiers jockeying around the Throne for grace and favor and preferment, for pensions and governorships abroad, and royal monopolies. The king is the government—even, or especially, when a feckless king reigns, and the ministers do all the heavy lifting.

Parliament can become again what it was meant to be, a gentleman’s club that bestirs itself occasionally to vote credits for the king’s wars.

The weirdest transformation of political terminology isn’t what’s happened to the word ‘liberal’ since John Stuart Mill—it’s what happened to the word ‘republican’.

Republicans are monarchists.