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November 25, 2009

Quote of the Day

In the comments section of a Matthew Yglesias post:

... I just find it amazing that so many people KNOW this is a lousy bill but are still basically trying to say that anyone who doesn’t support it is clearly just doing it out of spite.

BINGO. It never ceases to amaze me how the lion's share of our national debate on ANY subject these days seems to boil down to, "Whose side are you on, anyway?"

It's like a bad marriage: the respective parties have retreated to their corners and "winning" (or supporting the home team) has become more important than doing what's best for the nation.

That's not healthy.

The best thing about a marriage is that, in yoking yourself to someone very different than yourself, you have to let down the barriers you erect against the outside world. In the process, you become more receptive to the idea that maybe - just maybe - you don't know everything.

Politics these days reminds me of a marriage on the glide path to a nasty, bitter divorce. Not only are our shields up - they've been triple, super-duper reinforced to prevent even the smallest "attack" on our own point of view. Ambiguity, nuance, even doubt are signs of weakness, not that one has enough confidence in one's own values to admit the otherwise unexceptional thought that there might be more than one side to an issue.

Confident people don't act this way. Reflexive hostility to any kind of uncertainty is more often the hallmark of someone who secretly harbors doubts than it is of the intellectually confident.

We don't need to go overboard and question everything endlessly to the point where we can't even make a decision. But whatever happened to common sense? It's a question I often ask myself. If you've drifted into a place where your first reaction is to assume the worst of others, maybe it's not they who have abandoned common sense.

Maybe it's you.

Posted by Cassandra at November 25, 2009 03:19 PM

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Your analogy was to marriage. Mine would be to the over aged, over weight lady who is hell bent in looking like she is still 30 something. She slaps on too much makeup, lipstick and high heels that challenge her balance, wanders into an high end dress shop looking for the perfect dress (of her youth). The eager sales lady, who works on commission insists she looks just FABULOUS and she shouldn't leave the store before buying the wrong, dress, wrong accessories and wrong shoes. One lies and the other swears to it. It's all about hope and never admitting to the change. Now, where did I hear that one.

Posted by: Sadie at November 25, 2009 06:02 PM

Speaking of sealing wax and lots of other stuff...


Posted by: Kbob in Katy at November 28, 2009 01:02 PM

We just returned from a two month odyssey from the desert southwest tothe upper midwest, upper peninsula, Maine down to D.C. and home via I-40. We met many people at the RV parks we stayed in and a large number of veterans. I was not surpised when I ascertained through many a campfire and/or lounge chair discussion that most people are like us, incorrectly characterized by the progressives as bitter folks, clinging to their Bibles and guns, anti-immigration (illegals), anti-big government, don't buy something if you have to borrow for it, pro-Palin (no barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen bias here), beer guzzling, happy hour enjoying, barbecuing cretins who live in the flyover states.


Posted by: vet66 at November 30, 2009 11:56 AM