To use a popular oceanic metaphor, removal of the individual mandate would not cause a tsunami of bad consequences that would overwhelm us. Defenders of established institutions too commonly use fear of the unknown to warn people about change.
The party’s national committee is supposed to be impartial during the primary season, period. To claim retrospectively, “We didn’t know he would receive so many votes,” shows exactly why you have to remain impartial. You don’t make deals before you know. You do not align yourself with your party’s nominee, until after you nominate your candidate. To do so beforehand undermines your party’s integrity. It also shows the party’s leadership was entirely willing to stack the nomination process, and expected to get away with it.
Progressives appear to hold that unfettered politics are inherently corrupt, since money and power are inherently corrupt. Untidiness and honesty can actually coexist quite comfortably, as free-for-all politics creates a lot of checks on deceit. For all its ugliness, the last year or two of American politics demonstrates at least that much.
Think of the OODA loop as a process, one that applies especially well to situations of conflict. For people who are good in these kinds of activities, the loop unfolds rapidly.
Bush is not our first bad president, nor is he responsible for everything bad in American culture at the moment. Yet for him to set himself up as a critic of current morals is hard to abide. If he had brought such a critical eye to his own behavior, and most importantly to his own decisions, he might see less to dislike now. He might have been able to stop himself from leading his country into ruin.
If he wants to force them to behave a certain way during public rites like the national anthem, why doesn’t he simply line up a bunch of dummies at the sideline during the music? If he puts helmets on his dummies, television cameras and fans can’t tell the difference.
Twenty-one things I would do if I ran the zoo, in this order: Release Bradley Manning from prison (DONE!), and …
What draws your attention to Silveria’s speech is his forceful manner, his emphasis on dignity and respect for all, and his emphatically repeated command to anyone at the academy not willing to treat others with dignity and respect: “Get out!” “Get out!” We do not want you here, you do not belong here, and we want you out as fast as possible.
We can compare Tea Party and Black Lives Matter as single-issue interest groups. We can also consider what happened to these groups after they decided to align with multi-issue interest groups, or major political parties.
If we want to counter this unhappy impulse to know everything about everyone, we ought to mock authorities’ incompetence, ridicule their foolishness, and make fun of their badly conceived deceits before they feel assertive enough to end free-spirited criticism.
Much more than a marriage between two people, political unions are marriages of convenience. When a union becomes an oppressive burden, participants can dissolve it. If dissolution appears too difficult, consider the costs of keeping it together.
Pity our culture wars should have taken a turn this deadly, this irreversible, and this fundamentally based on feelings of superiority.