Thursday, February 28, 2013 9:22:04 AM
The "party-line" is now whoever makes the most noise, and coulter must have racked a long one because she's sitting in front of a group of libertarians, and trying to fall back on it as if some kind of insurmountable orthodoxy. Shame on her - she should have known better.
Thursday, February 28, 2013 9:20:54 AM
And regarding the dressing-down - I wanted to illustrate what I think wraps into this nicely. A lot of blacks choose the dems because they think that party has a long history of advocating for them (a contention which I think has been well addressed here in the I-A-B forums). Then, lots of minorities due to their sexual orientation flock to the 'party of the people` because they feel their ostracism from society will finally be assuaged with an open ear. But what illustrates the fact that neither ideology (in this case, democratic) actually addresses the issues of its constituents is when they begin to butt-heads, like we saw with the Prop-8 vote in California (a disproportionate number of black democrats voted FOR it, despite the trappings of what the rest of the democratic party stands for). Both have become special-interest leviathans, and this phenomenon trickles-down to the constituency.
Thursday, February 28, 2013 9:08:26 AM
"What I have found is if you cut through all the BS each side is given and actually get to the real issues a lot of gray appears. Opinion media takes the gray away and keeps people solid in black and white."
Couldn't agree more. Black and white is where all of the distraction-issues are most easily highlighted - because they are inappropriate (in my opinion) for a national stage. Therefore, they remain perennially `unresolved.` This way, the candidates have non-sequitur talking-points that they can always fall back onto. It is in this process that I feel the media is complicit.
"It is a fantasy world that has no basis in reality."
Precisely the false-dichotomy that I was referring to. This isn`t a battle for patriotic values that 2 sides valiantly engage in - it`s a dog and pony show which is ultimately in the best interest of each half of the symbiotic relationship to perpetuate.
Thursday, February 28, 2013 8:49:28 AM
I love how Afghanistan was a bad idea just because many liberals also supported that war. God forbid she actually agree with a liberal, she might explode or something.