Tag Archives: Political Discourse

American Mockingbirds

Derision isn’t persuasion, and mocking someone’s absurd views will not shame them into changing those views. They’ll just get angry that you made them look bad and then find any way they can to show you that they’re right. They’ll … Continue reading

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Just Not Getting the Concept

It’s endemic to home repair and to car repair – you try to fix it yourself and you only make matters worse. As a general rule, well, don’t work on the plumbing, and certainly don’t work on the electrical stuff. … Continue reading

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Locked In

Most families reach a tacit agreement that discussing politics is just not done. It’s pointless. No one is going to change anyone’s mind. And there are other things to discuss at Thanksgiving dinner, or any holiday dinner when those you … Continue reading

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The Seductive Lure of Total Nonsense

Americans have been known to embrace nonsense, as there were all those somewhat tongue-in-cheek Superman movies over all the years. You weren’t supposed to take them seriously – like Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980) from Richard Donner. They were … Continue reading

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The Master Politicians at Work

You may agree with Chris Christie, the rotund (or substantial, if you wish) governor of New Jersey, that teachers are the new Welfare Queens, living high off their fat salaries, with their big pensions, for what is not real work, … Continue reading

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Regarding the Now Disputed Constitutional Duty to Promote the General Welfare

It was that first year of college, back in the mid-sixties, and the first run-in with one of them, the fetching young lady who turned out to be an Ayn Rand devotee. She was not impressed. Life was all about … Continue reading

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When Nothing Is Ever About What It Started Out To Be About

It doesn’t happen often but it does happen – you’re in a lengthy and bitter argument with a rival, and the argument has seemed to have gone on forever, with each side scoring points with new details or different examples … Continue reading

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