Science, Innovation, Politics
I believe in God and know what they mean about intelligent design, but looking at those debates I had to wonder.
It confirms that bias cannot be removed from individuals, and is a product of individual dignity, irrespective of a chosen philosophy (i.e., perspective of reality).
If Bill Clinton, a man who never had a real job, now personifies the American Dream, we are well and truly screwed. Bill Clinton's special genius (as described by a close supporter) is that his extraordinary talent for lying was due to his remarkable ability to believe diametrically opposite things from one day to the next in keeping with his political needs.As governor of Arkansas, he was able to speak to the auto dealer convention and get them to believe that he really, really meant it when he said that there was no way he would ever support the proposed wheel tax. Several days later when he spoke to the teachers convention and told them that passage of the wheel tax to raise revenue for education would be his most important priority, they too were absolutely convinced he meant every word.Because he did. His ability to make both groups believe him was do to the fact that he fully and completely believed himself at the time he made each speech. A very rare "ability" indeed.
An observation that supplies an extremely precise characterization of almost all our political 'leaders' for the past five-plus decades, IMHO.
@3all our political 'leaders' for the past five-plus decadesTV has only been around 6 decades. If FDR picked his nose and scratched himself during radio addresses would anyone know?Sometimes 'too much info' is 'too much info';)
Your standards of mastery are too low. I thought it was nothing more than a cheap insult.I'm exasperated by the GOP debates, because of their air of unreality. Serious tax reform is needed, but none of these radical flat tax proposals are going to pass. Our sovereign debt is a serious problem, and we need serious proposals that will reduce it, but I haven't seen one. But then, looking back at what Obama was proposing in the Dem. debates in 2008, there's a similar sense of detachment from reality. Civilian trials, close Gitmo, redeploy troops from Iraq by end 2009try to amend NAFTA...