Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Marc Schneider

What's amazing is how the left savages people who are on their side, but just not enough on their side. I have stopped going to the left blogs because they just cannot even rationally discuss centrism. They seem to have a unique electoral strategy--anyone that isn't liberal enough for our taste should go vote Republican.

Much of what I call the hard left seems to function on alienation and anger--partly because of Republican domination, but partly because that is what the post-modern left feeds off. It used to be the opposite--the right was bitter and angry and the left was optimistic. The problem is people don't vote for alienation and anger. So, this attitude seems to be more a therapeutic exercise than any serious attempt at winning elections.


I took a simple test Spud sent me about being a centrist. I always thought I was way Right of Center, but not of the hard Right. According to this test, I'm a Centrist :) I felt a bit guilty. But, now I think Center means open to discussion and able to try to get the truth from all the facts surrounding it (with less arm-flailing and name calling and more patience and listening).

What happens if Centrists disagree w/each other? Majority rules? All this sounds like how our government is supposed to work and used to work and still could work if the $$$$ interests didn't rule the world.


Marc: in a sense, you're saying that the party in power feels good, and the party out of power feels bad, and that feeling bad can perpetuate being out of power!

More and more one comes to wryly appreciate the probably sexually-driven joie de vivre of Bubba . . .


Karen: Yes!! You are a centrist, because you are willing to exchange views and listen! I'd have to do a lot of retracing of steps to find out which centrist blogger it was who said a month or two ago -- Joe Gandelman? -- that centrism is about open-mindedness and civility (which leads to both agreeing to disagree and hammering out compromises that don't make everyone feel diminished) more than it is about the content of one's views. Oh, here it is! No, it was Michael. Perfect!

Justin Gardner

Wow. You all really get it. Seriously.

This is exactly why I created Donklephant. It's about open-mindedness and civility, something both sides seem to be lacking right now.

On launching, I was very surprised by the lack of enthusiasm from the left, but I can understand it. Up until recently, I had a very "either you're with us or against us" attitude about politics. I can only blame myself for this, but I'll definitely say that Bush + Co didn't exactly help matters.

However, I saw the inherent flaws in my logic, so I changed it. I hope, for my party's sake, they see the same flaws.

By the way, thanks for the link to the Steven Vincent story. Callimachus is a fantastic writer and we're lucky to have him.


Amba, if you/Michael are correct about the Centrist being open-minded and civil, I suppose John Roberts would qualify, yes? No -- he is surely open-minded and civil (quite emphatically), but surely a conservative as well. So I think a Centrist has to have some degree of moderation in his/her political ideology. Can a Centrist, for instance, be in favor of a Constitutional Amendment banning all abortions? For overturning Roe v. Wade? I don't think so, because those are not positions that are held by the vast middle ground; but I know plenty of conservatives that will engage in civil and open discussion about them, and affably so.


Seth mentioned a BullMoose Party? That's the emblem of the Progressive Party in VT, a Bull Moose. Not Centrist at all, excepting when they are on the election path... go ahead, spud. Tell me again how I get my facts misconstrewed.


Wavemaker -- you're right, of course. On the other hand, there are centrists who lean more pro-life and others who lean more pro-choice.

I guess it is bigoted to assume that no conservatives and no liberals can have civil discussions. Word on the street is that conservatives are better at it than liberals. I'm not so sure, I think they're pretty rare birds on both sides. But they do exist . . . like moderate Muslims (LOL).

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