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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I think the only real reason the Democrats appear to be more vicious in excoriating those who don't toe the "official party line" is that most of the Republican efforts to do the exact same thing are hidden from the public.

Since the Republicans are the majority party, their extreme right leadership pretty much makes all the rules now and decides which congressman or senator gets what, both in positions, pork, and campaign money. Basically it's a huge sword held over their necks that quietly and covertly ensures a unified front, far to the right of where it would be otherwise.

The leaders on the left don't have enough power to enforce compliance in this manner (not that I'm advocating it as a good thing, mind you), and unfortunately many on the left see the power and the lack of dissension on the right as an indicator that they are *too* far to the left, (plus bowing to the leadership gets them better positions & pork), so they move further right than they would otherwise be.

Others, especially in very blue districts see no advantage in sacrificing their beliefs for power, since the Right would never believe them anyway (and would use their "flip-flop" to haunt them in the next election).

The article you mention from the Althouse archives is interesting. I would agree that those on the left often excoriate articles and positions they disagree with, but I disagree that the right doesn't do the exact same thing. Of course this sort of thing varies widely with individual posters and what side of the bed they got up on that morning.

I would also argue that the left has a lot more to attack these days than the right - the right is basically getting almost everything it wants, so why would they complain? The left is getting the shaft on almost every issue, and what they see as atrocious policies and governmental mismanagement is occurring every day. They have a *LOT* that infuriates them in the current political climate.

In my experience, however, the left generally discusses the issue and explains WHY they think it's a bad position. The right calls you a poopyhead and barely mentions the actual position you're attempting to discuss.

Unfortunately the latter methodology seems to work better in editing public positions on issues, as we've seen in the last several elections (well, ok, since 1980).


Sleip- nice comparison of Repubs and- who else would hold swords over the necks of their own to demand lock-step ideology? Oh, yeah...

Islamofacists. Gotcha.

Went to Right Wing News cause Spud likes to rattle cages over there sometimes. Guess who they were disculssing and disagreeing on. Ann Coulter. Acid-tounged and foul-mouthed. Gutsy, uncouth and obviously not impressing the Right. She seems to be saying all the right things, right?

I don't think you have a level handle on the average Conservative, sleipner. I really don't think you do.


I must admit it does tend to be difficult to be couth about people who trample on almost every core fundamental principle you hold dear...but at least I'm not bombing Republican conventions ;)

I rarely hear much in the way of diatribes over Coulter's poison from the right...from what I've seen they seem to think she's just "a tad extreme", as opposed to being a vicious bitch with rabies. And she's only one example of many, though certainly on the more extreme end of the spectrum. Any leftie who spouted her brand of poison would probably be arrested for sedition within a day.


... and yet Howard Deanieboy still slithers his way around the sphere. I suppose he impresses you?


Comparing Howard Dean with Ann Coulter is insane - one regularly calls for assassinations, spews racial epithets, and shows herself to be about on par with Iran's president in terms of rational discourse.

Howard Dean may be extreme, and says some pretty harsh things about the Republican leadership, but most of them are either true or are exaggerated versions of the truth. Sure, he's a liberal, but Coulter is a psychopath.


Is she really a psychopath, or does she just play one on TV?


I doubt she's that good of an actor...

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