We are led by people who are not very nice or decent or, like, even averagely honest. This particular example is actually right on the verge of evil. And this from one of our two major political party’s leaders, on the Issue of The Day.

And for the record, I think Obama’s caving on DADT, extending and enabling Wall St.’s ownership of our politics and money, his alleged giveaway to Big Pharma, his rationale for continuing killing and getting killed in a country halfway around the world are all unconscionable, or at least absurd levels of political compromise–being President of us all does make a qualitative difference–too. But there are no such compromises for Newt to have to make, no consequences for Newt to talk so flagrantly out both sides of his mouth in such universally acknowledged Extreme Bullshit fashion.

(Watch for Newt on a Sunday Talking Head Show coming soon! He’s Very Serious!)

I don’t think the question of whether or not we’re in an Empire Death Spiral is an “if” one anymore, but “when” will be an increasingly important question to consider for an average 50 year old trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his/her life on the planet, which could be one day.

Update: So I guess where I come down on the health care issue has a lot to do being able to cross “getting sick and not being able to afford it” off my list of what the rest of my life might entail, like most of the rest of the world can. Seems like a cool thing for us to do for each other.