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Politics

On Righteousness…

This could also be titled “Danger Will Robinson, Danger!”

I am increasingly disturbed at the polarization here in our country. As opinions get further and further apart the attacks from each side on the other become more vicious. And there is nothing I find more scary than a true believer. What is a true believer you may ask? Well, when Condoleza Rice was interviewed by Katie Couric on CBS she was the vision of a true believer — in short, she exhibited absolutely no question about the rightness of every decision both she and her superiors had made. None.

That scares the crap out of me. That scares the crap out of me because we ALL make mistakes. Even the Secretary of State. Even the President. Hell, even me. Those that do not recognize their own errors, or the errors of those they believe in are, in a word, righteous.

I was participating in a discussion on a conservative friends Facebook page, and one of her friends suggested that the problem with liberals is that they were always wrong, while conservatives were always right. Now, I’m paraphrasing here, but that really gets to the heart of it. He proclaimed, for all the world to hear, that he and those of his political persuasion were always right and those who opposed he and his were always wrong. Now, here’s the problem with that: how is that possible? First, it is simply too easy to blow gigantic holes in his argument. But secondly, even if, in some alternative bizarre universe that were true, how does it help? How does proclaiming ones righteousness help advance the discussion about the issues facing us?

Simply, it doesn’t.

That being said, I’m right, and you’re wrong. So there. Neener Neener.


Ironies From Across The World

This is an observation I had a few weeks ago, and before it becomes permanently irrelevant I will share it now.

As uprisings have been held across the world, from Egypt and Libya to Iran, and even down-home Wisconsin, various leaders have chosen to both speak and act…..

From Iran, in response to uprisings in various nations in the Middle East (though, almost certainly, not in Iran), Ahmadinijad suggested that leaders should heed the voice of the people. This was shortly followed by violent attacks on protesters in Tehran.

Secretary of State Clinton proclaimed that governments should honor their citizens right to express themselves — presumably she was speaking of both Egypt and Libya. Because….

Here in Wisconsin, Governor Walker had a pro-union website blocked in and around the State capitol.

So much for practicing what we preach.