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We might digress into the common debate of liberals and conservatives, but we have countless recent examples of the futility of such efforts. Therefore, I merely post below a quote from a recent article in The Daily Beast that I found through 3quarksdaily. The quote is from Andrew Sullivan, who writes for The New Republic. I find the quote noteworthy for the quality of the writing.
"...I did so not as a liberal, but as a conservative-minded independent appalled by the Bush administration’s record of war, debt, spending, and torture. I did not expect, or want, a messiah. I have one already, thank you very much. And there have been many times when I have disagreed with decisions Obama has made—to drop the Bowles-Simpson debt commission, to ignore the war crimes of the recent past, and to launch a war in Libya without Congress’s sanction, to cite three. But given the enormity of what he inherited, and given what he explicitly promised, it remains simply a fact that Obama has delivered in a way that the unhinged right and purist left have yet to understand or absorb."
I would take exception to some of the views expressed in the quote, but the writing is exemplary.