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Meghan McCain Speaks Out
I'm starting to wonder if Meghan McCain plans to go into politics.  She seems a lot more sensible than most Republicans and some Democrats I've seen, so that could be a good thing.  Here is a video clip discussing double standards, warmongering, and some other problems in politics today.

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mtrose2 From: mtrose2 Date: February 11th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Revolutions start with young people, not 65 year olds talking about literacy tests..." ???

Translation: Those tea party people are just stupid, not worth bothering with. We're the ones who are the vanguard of the future.

She ain't evil. She's not even particularly stupid (at least, no better or worse than your average 20-something who hasn't been taught to think critically or examine issues thoroughly). But frankly, the person she reminds me of most is my sister in a snit. And wow, does she do a good job of reducing her ideological opponents into something not worthy of discussion or debate without actually addressing their core grievances.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Useful_idiot

Lenin called them "useful idiots," those people living in liberal democracies who by giving moral and material support to a totalitarian ideology in effect were braiding the rope that would hang them. Why people who enjoyed freedom and prosperity worked passionately to destroy both is a fascinating question, one still with us today."
siege From: siege Date: February 12th, 2010 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Re-translation: Broken ideas can't be fixed by implementing them; first get some fresh minds to fix the ideas.
mtrose2 From: mtrose2 Date: February 12th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
And wow, do you do a good job of reducing your ideological opponents into something not worthy of discussion or debate without actually addressing their core grievances. No need to debate ideas when you can simply declare them "broken".
siege From: siege Date: February 12th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Me? I'm not making this statement on my own behalf; I'm just rephrasing the quote and translation which you offered.

For myself, what I see is a lot of people from every direction who haven't examined the consequences of their proposals. They want to fix things without asking whether the fixes will cause problems, and because the current problems are just as urgent as ever, they strive to throw their blanket on the fire as fast as possible.

But some of them do at least wet that blanket before tossing it on, and thus improve their chances of slowing the burning destruction.

And some are dragging firehoses.
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