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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The principal "change" Mr. Obama offers is a change in the narrative of the American Dream - a symbolic absolution for our racist past. The "change" occurs the moment he is elected, and it is not really about policy positions or even the desire to walk across the Senate or House chambers and shake hands with Republicans.

As President, Mr. Obama would have certain options in dealing with those across the aisle. He can "triangulate," - the Clinton way, by taking positions more centrist than his party. This approach, if done effectively, preempts Republicans or forces them to take more centrist positions to remain competitive, but it is still the horse trade of "politics as usual." Liberals would be outraged, and "change" would be, at best, incremental.

He could mobilize his base, count noses, and disenfranchise the Republicans to the extent he commands a large enough majority - the Bush way. In doing so, he could keep his liberal base satisfied and could enact a program which moves the country to the left - at least for a time. Unfortunately, this would just be the current political game played from the other side of the tennis court. There will be strong forces in the Democratic Party pushing to follow this route out of anger over the last seven years.

He could outflank the entire status quo by going over the heads of the establishment in either party with a new, coherent vision of of America's role in the world and a set of concrete policies which render many of the debates of the last 20 years irrelevant. I have not seen him redefining the national consensus yet, but he probably has a better opportunity than most.

If he follows option three, the rest of us probably won't know the controlling vision until after he is elected.


Barack Obama simply wants to Address and Solve problems. He has a vision of how to get this done. He is tired of the stalemates and stalled Promises. He has a vision to Change this by bringing people together, both Republicans, Dems and Libs, and the people, whom he asks to keep engaged, this is his Power base. I think people will be Glad and Surprised that with this power base, some long-held ideas of betterment for the U.S. in health, education, alternative fuel can finally get accomplished.


Those critiques represent my concerns and frustrations with Obama very well.


Mine too, unfortunately. I'd like to be on the bandwagon and I can't. I started out thinking he'd probably be a good president, but I can't get around the way he gets there. It is not irrelevant, even though there are inevitable distortions introduced by the process and the fact that it is essentially a selling process. In politics, the customer is not always right! Especially when the customer is left! :)

Ruth Anne

In the 82d Airborne Division there was a saying, "The 82d is a bandwagon. Get on it or get run over by it."

I hated that saying.


"... with this power base, some long-held ideas of betterment for the U.S. in health, education,..."

Good. Maybe NOW we'll get school choice- 'cause Christian private schools are getting mighty pricey and i'll have two in grammer school next year!

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