Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Arlo Guthrie: "We need a loyal oppostion"

While I am trying to get my arms around the health care debate (screed under construction), how about a little musical interlude?

Arlo Guthrie in a New York Times Magazine interview last Sunday:
NYT: Where are you politically these days?
Arlo Guthrie: "I became a registered Republican about five or six years ago because to have a successful democracy you have to have at least two parties, and one of them was failing miserably. We had enough good Democrats. We needed a few more good Republicans. We needed a loyal opposition."
Couldn't have said it better myself.

Live at The Guthrie Center Church October 11, 2008...

...and at Woodstock in 1969:

Per my last post, we still need a few more good Republicans.

Divided and Balanced.™
Now that is fair.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Smartest thing I've ever heard and it came from Arlo. Does that mean your a real Republican or just a Democrat in divided government Republican clothing? Make sure when you talk about health Care reform you figure out how the Democrats are going to get their trial lawyers involved for tort reform. I believe in typical form they will cut off their noses to spite their face and keep their largest donors happy.

mw (DWSUWF) said...

"Does that mean you're a real Republican or just a Democrat in divided government Republican clothing?"

Not quite. It would be more accurate to say I was a libertarian in divided government Democrat clothing in 2006, and I am a libertarian in divided government Republican clothing in 2008, now,and - unfortunately - for the foreseeable future.

Can't disagree with your assessment though. We've learned that Obama is perfectly willing to throw the left wing of his own party under the bus, but can be relied on to protect the vested interest of his biggest donors.