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http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/ron-paul-ralph-nader-agree-on-progressive-libertarian-alliance/

Imagine a political system where differences were laid out in real terms and not turned into hyperbole and outright lies.

Imagine a political system where irrelevant issues were ignored, rather than turned into the most significant components of the debate.

Imagine a political system where our representatives voted for the best interests of the people who live in their districts rather than the best interests of the people who finance their campaign.

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    20   9:01pm Mon 24 Jan 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    Bap33 says

    true freedom based on personal accountability and moral social behavior just aint for everyone.

    "freedom" "based on" "moral social behavior".

    When you think two opposites like that belong in the same sentence, something should tell you that you are operating from inconsistent logical bases somewhere.

    "Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism popularized the term "thought-terminating cliché". A thought-terminating cliché is a commonly used phrase, sometimes passing as folk wisdom, used to quell cognitive dissonance. Though the phrase in and of itself may be valid in certain contexts, its application as a means of dismissing dissent or justifying fallacious logic is what makes it thought-terminating.

    "Lifton said, “The language of the totalist environment is characterized by the thought-terminating cliché. The most far-reaching and complex of human problems are compressed into brief, highly reductive, definitive-sounding phrases, easily memorized and easily expressed. These become the start and finish of any ideological analysis.” [2][3]
    In George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the fictional constructed language Newspeak is designed to reduce language entirely to a set of thought-terminating clichés."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thought-terminating_cliche

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    21   6:49am Tue 25 Jan 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    something like, "Clinton lied nobody died" ... or "Hope and Change" ... or "Yes we can (in Spanish)? .... are those examples of what you are saying?

    Anyways, what I meant is that a free society does not work without personal accountibilty and healthy social guidlines (morals, for lack of better term). I do not find those two points confusing, but I do understand that most left-view people would find them uncomfortable.

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    22   10:29am Tue 25 Jan 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    Troy says

    bob2356 says

    Care to quantify and explain exactly which of Ron Pauls positions qualify as “rolling clownshow”

    actually “personal freedom, limited government, and sound money”
    says it pretty well.
    “Personal freedom” reduces to the cartoonishly dogmatic economic freedom of Honest Abe, ie the glibertarian utopia of the rich owning everything and the poor working in company towns. For a real-world portent of that, just look at China.
    “Limited government” reduces to “The Founding Fathers envisioned a robustly Christian yet religiously tolerant America, with churches serving as vital institutions that would eclipse the state in importance.”
    http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul148.html
    “sound money” reduces to Paul’s tinfoil and black helicopters and all the “End the Fed” bullcrap.

    Again I'm not a huge fan of Ron Paul, but you have obviously not actually read what he has written. I find him to be fair and realistic with well thought out positions even the ones I don't agree with. He avoids sound bites based on some single wildly distorted factoid and most political bullshit. I could live with a congress full of left wing, right wing, and middle of the road Ron Pauls. You should try to be a more objective observer, you are sounding like a left wing rush limbaugh.

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    23   12:55pm Tue 25 Jan 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    Bap33 says

    Anyways, what I meant is that a free society does not work without personal accountibilty and healthy social guidlines (morals, for lack of better term). I do not find those two points confusing, but I do understand that most left-view people would find them uncomfortable.

    well, its just that by "healthy social guidelines" you usually seem to mean more prisons and more cops busting heads of hippies & faggots, and at this point in the great effort of US democracy 'personal accountability' seems to have very little bearing for the right unless its aimed solely at unwed mothers, poor minorities and minor drug offenders... certainly it has no bearing on anyone who holds any kind of power with their wide stances, fake wars, admissions of torture, corporate illegalities and outright graft.

    What makes me uncomfortable is how much you honestly seem to believe what you're saying when its so obvious that there's a whole other dynamic going on.

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    24   1:06pm Tue 25 Jan 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    And I will also say that at least what Nader and Paul have going for them is that they're people who've stood by their convictions honestly and openly and have been very successful in bringing generally positive change based on those ideals. Their visions of the world, I think, is intended to make the place better for more people. I'd love to see what kind of change they could effect together.

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    25   2:23pm Tue 25 Jan 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    We need a system where politicians really compete for the votes of ALL the voters, instead of just spending corporate campaign money on convincing the dumbest 5% of the voters that do not even understand whether their principles fit the democrat mold or the republican mold.

    We need more choice and real competition among the politicians, and no influence buy non-democratic institutions such as the Federal Reserve and Corporate Elites.

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    26   4:10pm Tue 25 Jan 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    kentm says

    What makes me uncomfortable is how much you honestly seem to believe what you’re saying when its so obvious that there’s a whole other dynamic going on.

    Let me help you with that.
    I honestly believe in God, the God of the Hebrew Bible.
    I honestly believe that Jesus was Christ and my sins are forgiven (and yours, and everyone who believes)
    I honestly believe that a free society must have a moral anchor
    I honestly believe that personal accountability is part of that anchor
    I honestly believe that drug use is part of America's problem
    I honestly believe that porn is part of America's problem
    I honestly believe that forced tax-supported welfare is part of America's problem
    I honestly believe that mean, lazy, liars are drawn to American politics (both sides)
    I honestly believe that social decay started in 1962ish in America
    I honestly believe that negro people have no excuse to not succeed in America
    I honestly believe that mexican invaders will be killing Americans in the streets of California within 2 years.
    I honestly beleive the message of Dr. Rev. MLKjr.
    I honestly believe that Ben Franklin was touched by God.
    I honestly believe that having a baby is the most scarry and amazing thing a human can be part of.
    I honestly believe that Henry Ford was brilliant.
    I honestly believe that Nuke power not being used in AMerica is stupid.
    I honestly believe that the POTUS is more of a figure head, and less of a dynamic member.
    I honestly believe teachers that are just students that kept going to school make for horrible teachers
    I honestly believe that a person's life experiences shape their views and prejudices.
    I honestly believe I can kill another person to protect my family and belongings.
    I honestly believe there is a difference between killing and murder.
    I honestly believe that truth is not wecome or wanted by left minded people.
    I honestly believe it will take a civil war to remove the cancer America is suffering from in the form of liberal/progressive/socialist/leftist policeys ov the last 40 years.
    I honestly have no idea what you mean by another dynamic.
    I honestly would rather not be attacked for sharing my views, and would rather just read yours.

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    27   4:33pm Tue 25 Jan 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    those are some good views Bap, I may not agree with all of them but I respect them.

    Bap33 says

    I honestly believe it will take a civil war to remove the cancer America is suffering from in the form of liberal/progressive/socialist/leftist policeys ov the last 40 years.

    Who would be fighting whom? There would be so many factions a Civil war after this point. Would just be one of the political divisions in this country trying to carve the lion share of the pie for their views. While being the first to calling everyone else not worthy of the same.

    Oh that's now, what were we talking about again?

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    28   6:32pm Tue 25 Jan 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike  

    Thanks ToT.
    I see the fractures to go down the lines of pretty much what I suggested - faith, behavior, accountablity, morality, American fundamentalism(sp). One one side will be those who follow the basic Christian and Hebrew faith and the CoUSA, and on the other side would be those that would rather see dead Hebrews and Christians and do not like the CoUSA. I think Africa and Arabia are already doing the killing part. Christians are getting chopped to bits.

    But, I may be wrong. Maybe things will get better when all workers are taxed 100% to make sure all non-workers get the food, clothes, drugs, and other things they have been promised by the mighty gov. Tuff call.

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    29   7:23pm Tue 25 Jan 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    I'm not attacking Bap, you know I think you're a good guy, in spite of how vastly different your POV is from mine. I just wanted to share this juxtaposition. For me, it's almost like a work of art.

    Bap33 says

    I honestly believe that truth is not welcome or wanted by left minded people.

    Bap33 says

    But, I may be wrong. Maybe things will get better when all workers are taxed 100% to make sure all non-workers get the food, clothes, drugs, and other things they have been promised by the mighty gov. Tuff call.

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    30   8:16pm Tue 25 Jan 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    You can tell, I'm reading through these backwards.

    Bap33 says

    what I meant is that a free society does not work without personal accountibilty and healthy social guidlines (morals, for lack of better term). I do not find those two points confusing, but I do understand that most left-view people would find them uncomfortable.

    Bap, I'm going to play "Devil's advocate" here, just for some food for thought.

    Not sure how familiar you are with the concept of exponential growth, but that's how populations grow. Here is a graph showing the growth of human population (in billions)
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b7/Population_curve.svg

    You may have heard about natural resources being used up, the seas being over fished and so on. A non religious pragmatic person might think about ways that things can be sustained long term. Real long term. It might be more convenient to assume Armageddon and end times etc, but some people take a slightly more rational optimistic view.

    IS it possible that homosexuality, porn and sex that isn't for procreation is in a way a natural occurrence, considering our need to have population growth slow down ? Sure we could wait for wars or disease to take care of it, but maybe humans can actually adapt to reproducing less. And maybe as that adaptation occurs it will take the form of more varied lifestyle choices instead of everyone getting married and having children.

    This doesn't mean that I'm comfortable with extremes. In fact even not so extreme: a friend (ex student) recently "came out" and I found it surprisingly disturbing (that he wasn't who I thought he was). That is it changed our friendship a little. I thought I was more open minded than that, maybe I'll get over it. But my point was meant to be that I am not so much saying that I want to see more people embracing alternate lifestyles, it's just that I choose not to be so judgmental. I choose not to be so arrogant as to think I know the morality that is right for others.

    The type of judgmental attitude I am talking about goes with religion, but it is very much a function of the ego.

    Would Jesus have been that judgmental ? My view of morality is what makes me a liberal. That’s what you won’t comprehend. I say if Jesus were alive today, he would be a “liberal.”

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    31   10:10pm Tue 25 Jan 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike  

    Wow, the crazy's out in full force now.

    I give up.

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    32   10:42pm Tue 25 Jan 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    Aww, I'm sorry Kevin to have strayed so far from your thread topic. Just responding to Baps idea that because of homos, hippies, porn and food stamps America is going to hell in a handbag. I should have been more concise though. Probably shouldn't join in at all when I'm this tired and stressed out.

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    33   10:34am Wed 26 Jan 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)  

    @marcus, thank you for a civil response. There is very little in your post that I would argue about. The very end has a couple of things, so I'll just answer them.

    marcus says

    Would Jesus have been that judgmental ?

    yep. He judged. He pointed out right from wrong. And he based everything on the word of God. What I think you were getting at is how Jesus would warn people that want people to judge other people -- we are all sinners. And that is a fact. But, the laws and social structure of a people should reflect the desired actions that God wants, and not the nature of the people living under the civil laws and structure. If you base the laws, rules, and acceptable social behavior on nothing more than the expected nature of man, a free society does not work. Anyways, the answer is Jesus did/does/will judge.

    marcus says

    My view of morality is what makes me a liberal. That’s what you won’t comprehend.

    I think (maybe) I do understand that your (and any other person's) view of morality is what tends to make them lib or con. In my opinion, the very nature of accepting absolute right and wrong, and personal accountability, stem from morality. So, I would say I kinda do understand that your personal view of morality shapes if you are lib or con.

    marcus says

    I say if Jesus were a live today, he would be a “liberal.”

    When I use the word "lib" it is meant to include all things leftist and progressive and communist and such ... I am not the best at choosing the correct word each time. So, with that fact shared let me answer. If Jesus were walking in America today (he is) he would not agree with Abortion on demand. Who else in America does not agree with Abortion on demand? And who does agree with Abortion on demand? Would the people in favor of Abortion on demand be described as liberals or conservatives? Would Tea Party members be described as liberal or conservative? Using these common areas or reference I would suggest that Jesus would be a conservative in today's America. I would imagine the same examples would work pretty good for welfare, drug abuse, and all wallstreet greed. Jesus is a conservative in America today.

    @Kevin,
    I did not mean to swing the thread. I was answering kent's question honestly. Sorry for messing it up.

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    34   10:37am Wed 26 Jan 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    Bap33 says

    I see the fractures to go down the lines of pretty much what I suggested - faith, behavior, accountablity, morality, American fundamentalism(sp). One one side will be those who follow the basic Christian and Hebrew faith and the CoUSA, and on the other side would be those that would rather see dead Hebrews and Christians and do not like the CoUSA. I think Africa and Arabia are already doing the killing part. Christians are getting chopped to bits.

    Christians have never killed anybody? Your history education is just a little superficial to say the least. You were saying about the left being closed minded. Especially since 90% of the history of christianity is about power, exploitation, and money.

    People can't be moral without being Christian or Hebrew? Wow, that's really amazing to know. To quote bridges of madison county "It must be really interesting to live in your head with Santa Clause and the Easter bunny".

    America was moral and good up until 1962? You've been watching way too many episodes of father knows best and the andy griffin show. Try reading a little on what America was really like. That would be an America where good christian men wore white sheets and lynched good christian black men. America where good christian men imported black men as animals. America where good christian citizens stripped other American citizens who happened to be of Japanese descent of everything they owned and sent them to interment camps. Witch trials, andersonville prison, the trail of tears, land runs, FBI enemy lists, McCarthy hearings. The list of legal and moral transgressions by good christians in America is very very long.

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    Bap33 says

    I honestly beleive the message of Dr. Rev. MLKjr.
    I honestly believe it will take a civil war to remove the cancer America is suffering from in the form of liberal/progressive/socialist/leftist policeys ov the last 40 years.

    How do you define "civil war"? Because my definition includes violence which I'm fairly certain is antithetical to the message of MLKjr.

    You define a difference between killing and murder, and you also note that you believe Mexican "invaders" will be "killing" Americans in 2 years. Am I to assume they are just in their killing since you do not call it murder?

    I would agree with about half your list though. My turn:

    I honestly believe in the basic goodness of humanity,
    I honestly believe the striving for personal accountability brings out the goodness in humanity,
    I honestly believe a representative democracy that protects the rights of the minority is the best form of government,
    I honestly believe there is no peace without justice,
    I honestly believe societies will have ever changing moral standards to which they base laws and regulations,
    I honestly believe societies will make mistakes when choosing their moral standards,
    I honestly believe I have no certainty of a single God, multiple gods, afterlife, reincarnation, final judgement, or end of days. But I am certain Scientology is a crock of shit.
    I honestly believe tax-supported CORPORATE welfare is far more damaging to American society than personal welfare,
    I honestly believe mean, lazy, liar people advance to positions of government, corporate, non-profit, and other power because these traits provide a personal advantage to those people,
    I honestly believe drug prohibition is far more damaging than drug use,
    I honestly believe the term "recreational drug use" is really stupid as it implies an activity rather than the reality of sitting around stoned doing nothing,
    I honestly believe the 60s sucked unless you were a non-draft age white man,
    I honestly believe people have different definitions of personal success and it is not defined soley by money, possessions, fame, or power.
    Lastly, I honestly believe positive social change in American cannot come from violence, and violence only begets more violence.

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    Bap33 says

    I think Africa and Arabia are already doing the killing part. Christians are getting chopped to bits.

    Your beliefs about Africa are based on inaccuracies and false presumptions. Christianity is the dominent religion of central and southern Africa - some of the areas most wracked by Christian on Christian violence. AIDS dominates areas of Africa that the Catholic Church has the most power and influence. And to ignore Western Civilization's responsibility for Colonialism in Africa is unjust.

    Colonialism in Africa is not a bunch of negros sitting around complaining about what whitey did 50 years ago. The entire infrastructure of Africa has been shaped by Colonialism - roads, cities, institutions - all designed to maximize resource extraction from the continent. Nothing exists to build trade between nations or provide natural boundries between peoples. The slave trade shattered societies and cultures, and burned away a people's shared history, language, and political systems. Imperialism carved up Africa into dominated slave territories for base resource mercantilism. Education of Africans was outlawed by the European powers. Western Civilization rests on a foundation built over 3,000 years and only survived because Arabia maintained the collective discoveries of humanity while white folks died of plagues and wars in the Dark Ages of church domination. Wow, thanks Arabia for...numbers. I knew we could "count" on you!

    Africa has had merely 50 years to come to terms with Colonialism and enslavement. As expected, it's transition has been messy.

    Popular American culture is fascinated with Post Apocalyptic fantasies at the moment because such events strip away everything we have. Could you survive and thrive if a nuclear flu killed off 90% of all Americans? Could you survive and thrive after a new Ice Age? Nuclear Holocaust? Mayan Prophecy? Africa is the post apocalypse. They aren't doing that bad.

    If you believe in American exceptionalism in regards to surviving the post apocalypse situation, look at New Orleans after Katrina. Fuck, we knew the city was below goddamn sea level but we carried on anyways. Six years later and the place is still a mess.

    Detroit is the other post apocalypse, but an economic one. Again, we knew what happens to industries when we outsource all job creation. Yet, here we are!

    So before you critique Africa, I strongly recommend "Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles" by Richard Dowden (Mar 9, 2010). It blew my mind.

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    Bap33 says

    I honestly believe...

    SoCal Renter says

    I honestly believe...

    Steve Martin believes

    I believe in rainbows and puppy dogs and fairy tales.

    And I believe in the family - Mom and Dad and Grandma.. and Uncle Tom, who waves his penis.

    And I believe 8 of the 10 Commandments.

    And I believe in going to church every Sunday, unless there's a game on.

    And I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, wholesome and natural things.. that money can buy.

    And I believe it's derogatory to refer to a woman's breasts as "boobs", "jugs", "winnebagos" or "golden bozos".. and that you should only refer to them as "hooters".

    And I believe you should put a woman on a pedestal.. high enough so you can look up her dress.

    And I believe in equality, equality for everyone.. no matter how stupid they are, or how much better I am than they are.

    And, people say I'm crazy for believing this, but I believe that robots are stealing my luggage.

    And I believe I made a mistake when I bought a 30-story 1-bedroom apartment.

    And I believe the Battle of the Network Stars should be fought with guns.

    And I believe that Ronald Reagan can make this country what it once was - an arctic region covered with ice.

    And, lastly, I believe that of all the evils on this earth, there is nothing worse than the music you're listening to right now. That's what I believe.

    -Saturday Night Live Monologue, 1979

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    38   3:50pm Wed 26 Jan 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike   Protected  

    I forgot to add that some comedian, somewhere added, "And I believe you should put a woman on a pedestal.. high enough so you can look up her dress while she dusts the ceiling."

    :)

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    SoCal Renter says

    You define a difference between killing and murder, and you also note that you believe Mexican “invaders” will be “killing” Americans in 2 years. Am I to assume they are just in their killing since you do not call it murder?

    the point was the location, not the action - but murder is what was intended, to be honest.

    SoCal Renter says

    Your beliefs about Africa are based on inaccuracies and false presumptions.

    I have no beliefs about Africa, I just know that non-Christians are chopping up Christians in Africa and Arabia. Are you suggesting that there has not been mass murdering of Christians by non-Christians in Africa and Arabia? Christians, targeted for being Christians?

    SoCal Renter says

    If you believe in American exceptionalism in regards to surviving the post apocalypse situation, look at New Orleans after Katrina. Fuck, we knew the city was below goddamn sea level but we carried on anyways. Six years later and the place is still a mess.
    Detroit is the other post apocalypse, but an economic one. Again, we knew what happens to industries when we outsource all job creation. Yet, here we are!

    Great examples of how worthless and reliant humans on gov aide become after a few generations. That hurricane hit other areas that rebounded just fine. The demographics are the difference. And in those demographics the true difference is in atitude and the family dynamic. Self reliance is part of personal responsability - in my opinion.

    @ellie, lol

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    SoCal Renter says

    I honestly believe people have different definitions of personal success and it is not defined soley by money, possessions, fame, or power.
    Lastly, I honestly believe positive social change in American cannot come from violence, and violence only begets more violence.

    I liked a few others, and laughed at a couple, but these two here I agree with 100%

    @bob,
    you can't argue with me about stuff I didn't write -- it just don't work well that way.

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    41   6:39pm Wed 26 Jan 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    Bap trying to explain to Liberals that "the country has gone to hell in a hand basket", is like trying to give driving tips to a drunk, after he crashed the sedan.

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    Tenouncetrout says

    Bap trying to explain to Liberals that “the country has gone to hell in a hand basket”, is like trying to give driving tips to a drunk, after he crashed the sedan.

    I thought that gonja was supposed to open your mind, instead of slamming it shut to the consideration of different possibilities. Guess I was wrong.

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    43   8:41pm Wed 26 Jan 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    Ellie the country has gone to hell in a hand basket, and remember, always turn into the slide.

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    Tenouncetrout says

    Ellie the country has gone to hell in a hand basket, and remember, always turn into the slide.

    I'm not saying that the country isn't in bad shape, the part that I take exception to is with your continuous comments about how liberals think... but then again, trying to explain to you that I have the ability to think for myself is just as crazy as my assuming that you have the ability to understand the concept.

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    Tenouncetrout says

    the country has gone to hell in a hand basket

    And if you have access to knowledge of absolute right and wrong, then you know it's all the fault of the liberals (you know, with a little help from the devil of course).

    And remember,... your're either with us or you're with the terrorists.

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    marcus says

    Tenouncetrout says


    the country has gone to hell in a hand basket

    And if you have access to knowledge of absolute right and wrong, then you know it’s all the fault of the liberals (you know, with a little help from the devil of course).
    And remember,… your’re either with us or you’re with the terrorists.

    So, by attempting to view the root causes of the "handbasket effect" in a general way, I'm allowing the terrorists to win?

    I'm so embarrassed. Please forgive.

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    Bap33 says

    I think (maybe) I do understand that your (and any other person’s) view of morality is what tends to make them lib or con.

    There is something else that has been discussed before in this forum, and that's the authoritarian personality. This type of person needs to see black and white (no gray areas) and also wants to submit to an authority. Maybe the almighty counts as such an authority, as does the right wing corporatocracy that is linked to the Christian right.

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    Not sure. Could be.

    To clarify, my answer above was part of a direct quote from a post that suggested I did not understand why a poster was liberal, to which I agreed with their point of view on the subject, suggesting in the explaination that I do understand. By the quote you shared you made it seem like it was my words, and that is not the case (exactly). I was just agreeing with the original poster.

    See if this makes more sense:

    Bap33 says

    marcus says:
    My view of morality is what makes me a liberal. That’s what you won’t comprehend.

    Bap33 says:
    I think (maybe) I do understand that your (and any other person’s) view of morality is what tends to make them lib or con. In my opinion, the very nature of accepting absolute right and wrong, and personal accountability, stem from morality. So, I would say I kinda do understand that your personal view of morality shapes if you are lib or con.

    I view God as God.
    I view man with complete free choice of action and thought.
    I view in black and white. If you see grey, you are just out of focus and fuzzy.

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    @Bap33 - My point with Africa was that Muslim vs. Christian strife is not the only cause of death and misery for African Christians. Many manage to do well hurting themselves just fine. Your comment implied that if left alone, Christians inherently fare better at governing themselves than other religions. There is no evidence of this.

    Bap33 says

    Great examples of how worthless and reliant humans on gov aide become after a few generations. That hurricane hit other areas that rebounded just fine. The demographics are the difference. And in those demographics the true difference is in atitude and the family dynamic. Self reliance is part of personal responsability - in my opinion.
    @ellie, lol

    You confuse demographics with cause and effect of attitude and family dynamic. The working poor, regardless of race, religion, or ethinic background, have been universally screwed in post apocalyptic areas of the US. Attitude and family dynamic are uniquely shaped by the socio-economic conditions of a person's reality. Are you a young black man desperately seeking safety from Katrina, and a white cop is standing on the other side of the bridge with a rifle not letting you pass? Or perhaps your attitude and family were great - until they died because the government didn't respond appropriately to the hurricane and the elderly relatives couldn't escape.

    And yes, we still have many laws that single out, hurt, and hinder minorities. Ohio has a wonderful law that makes it a felony to register a black kid in a white school district outside of one's government designated area. Don't pay any attention to the thousands of illegal non-citizens getting tax free educations in the border states. (They are a lighter shade of brown so its ok). We punish our citizens for valuing a good education?

    I'm also still struggling to see how any of the Gulf Coast fisherman who've had their lives utterly destroyed by the oil spill are completely free in choice of action and thought. Or is every man an island of independence in a black sea of toxic death?

    The world is much simpler if everything is reduced to black and white platitudes. Unfortunately, this isn't reality.

    So to circle back to the original post - a political system dreamed up above is nothing more than a fantasy. But it doesn't mean we shouldn't strive for it anyway.

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    Bap33 says

    If you see grey, you are just out of focus and fuzzy

    The Mexican immigrant issue is a good example of an issue where black and white thinking doesn't work. It leads to emotion that is out of proportion to the problem. Where as seeing grey in this case means a more realistic nuanced view that involves seeing the bad and the good in the situation. Ron Paul is also very a black and white thinker, at least the way he presents his points of view.

    It's easy to come up with logical problems that come up from this, that is so called "either or fallacy." "You're either with us or against us." A central bank is either necessary in this day and age, or it is an evil that will take down modern civilization. If people can't have a nuanced in between view, then they are missing reality.

    Too much "relativism" can be annoying though. I call that rationalization. I guess there are only 2 possibilities, black and white - either or thinking, or rationalization (kidding).

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    marcus says

    It leads to emotion that is out of proportion to the problem.

    ummm, on this we disagree. Point one is, conservatives do not rely on simple emotion for ideas, they tend to use more thought. Historicly it seems to be a more liberal thing to rely on emotions to take a plan of action. I have no emotion that is out of proportion to the problem. conservos have a different view/opinion as to the magnitude of the problem than most libs do, and maybe that is what makes it seem like a difference of emotion?
    marcus says

    Where as seeing grey in this case means a more realistic

    I disagree. Reality happens in black and white. Grey happens from emotion or feelings or outcome based thinking. In my opinion.

    marcus says

    Too much “relativism” can be annoying though. I call that rationalization. I guess there are only 2 possibilities, black and white - either or thinking, or rationalization (kidding).

    lol. You really do see where grey has it's issue (I think). And a person who can not/will not defend their reason behind a belief in absolutes whould be amiss also. When someone has to take the absolute stance - that there are no absolutes, then they have a big problem. Where as, someone that shares my uneducated caveman view of absolutes need only defend from whence they derived their view ... called causation (or something like that), I think ... and that is where debate begins. lol

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    marcus says

    I guess there are only 2 possibilities, black and white - either or thinking, or rationalization

    I was kidding. Truth is you probably engage in plenty of grey area thinking. To say that killing a man in protection of your property is okay. Really ? Can you tell me exactly when it becomes okay ? . If you saw someone pick up a tennis ball in your yard, and is walking off with it, would you be justified ? How about a child taking your kids bicycle ? What about a slightly older child, a teen messing with your car ? Now are you justified ? You won't be wrong if you kill him ? Maybe there is some specific warning you have to give before killing him ? Most probably wouldn't resort to killing someone unless and until they or their family were endangered.

    You probably can't give me a specific rule for exactly what the circumstances are that make it okay. It would have to be based on your subjective feeling, your opinion of when you became endangered.

    And yet if a person with all kinds of problems, feels they are unprepared to raise a child that would be of questionable genes (based on their own physical and emotional problems as well as the fathers), and they choose to abort a pre-pre fetus (zygote), you somehow know this to be murder and clearly wrong.

    My saying that I don't know when a human becomes a human, if you like, when it get's its soul, and therefore saying "choice" is correct, is seeing it a grey area as to when human life begins. And yet for you, leaving it to the individual to determine when they are justified in killing a 20 year old, that it's pretty much their call, as long as (they feel) their property or family were at risk, to me is venturing into the grey (just as much).

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    Life begins when two cells join, create a new cell that splits and will keep splitting until you see a person. The point of conception begins the creation of a new, seperate, unique DNA paterned, life -- but that is just my opinion. I think the Hebrew law says within 28 days of conception there is not a life yet. Not sure.

    As for protection of property with deadly force. I guess one would need to extrapulate the tennis ball example a little bit .... like this. There is a law against trespassing. There is a law against stealing my tennis ball from my yard. So, what is it that keeps people from coming in my yard and taking my tennis ball at will? Not the law, but fear of law enforcement. So, if there is no fear of enforcement, then the law becomes useless. But, in our example, lets say the thief is cought stealing my ball, and put on probation. Comes back and does it again (same ball) as soon as released. Gets 15 days. Comes back and does it again (same ball) as soon as released again. Gets 30 days. And so on and so forth, until - finally, after 1,000 petty crimes the thief has moved up to felony activity --- but is still "only" stealing a ball from my yard. After a few felony level insatnces the theif will be placed in prison for life. That is cruel punishment for a human ... to be caged. The thief has now paid for a ball with his life, but I have paid a price too with the uneasy life of having my property targeted by a thief, and tax payers paid a huge price due to the habitual thief and his court trips .... so, there is a HUGE cost for putting up with a petty thief. Where as, if the law was a bullet in the head for trespassing and theft, there would be much fewer front-yard fences.
    Of course I'm just exaggerating.
    The actual issue you bring up is "what is worth protecting with deadly force". And that is up to the owner of the stuff. Not a grey area, just a freedom of choice. You pick what you refuse to let people take at will, and I do the same ..... no gray area there! lol

    Great talking w/you this week. Gnite

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    Bap33 says

    Not a grey area, just a freedom of choice. You pick what you refuse to let people take at will, and I do the same ….. no gray area there! lol

    I won't go on forever with this but to clarify my point: The grey area here is about what is morally right and what is morally wrong. Your definition of what is right and what is wrong leaves it up to the individual suggesting that is what the law should allow (and I think it does within reason).

    Bap33 says

    And that is up to the owner of the stuff

    There is a right and wrong that transcends law (even for atheists, believe it or not (I'm not an atheist, but agnostic enough that I don't need a reward of heaven to want to be a good person)). Maybe you misunderstood that I wasn't talking about the law. Obviously the law is black and white (sort of) although interpreted differently at different times (grey again).

    MY whole point is, when is it morally acceptable to kill a person for stealing from you? And your answer is that it depends on the individual's call.

    But you are so sure that a woman aborting her zygote is murder that you are against her having that option.

    Just an observation.

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    But you are so sure that a woman aborting her zygote is murder that you are against her having that option.

    There are laws against murder already. There is no need for a law against each, seperate form/type of murder. This is an example of black and white works just fine. If purposely killing an unarmed, naked, blind, handicapped, deaf, mute human that is 1 minute old, or 1 month old, or 10 months old, or 100 months old, or 1,000 months old -- if that is murder ... then so is killing the same human at any time shorter than 1,000 months, 100 months, 10 months, 1 month or 1 minute old. Doing abortions on a regular basis, targeting a particular sect of the population, should qualify the people that run abortatoriums for being tried under "hate crime" laws. They are making a living by murdering babies, just babies, and that shows premeditation and a bias -- an obvious hate crime if the babies were a protected class .... like sexual deviants, for example.

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    MY whole point is when is it morally acceptable to kill a person for stealing from you? And your answer is that it depends on the individual’s call.

    I think we may have to back up just a little bit first. Do you believe in capital punishment? I do. Do you believe that some people are just bad people and should be removed from society? I do. Do you believe that the value of the targeted item of theft should be the basis for defending the theft of the item? I do. But, the victim should have the right to place the value of an item, and also be given the choice to forgive a crime alltogether. I am pro choice for the victims.

    What you may be suggesting is an item under $X is fair game, but at $1 more than $X there should be consequence. I disagree. If you have only one $5 bike and that is your only way to work each day -- that bike is worth more to you than a $50K BMW is to a rich person with 200 of those $50K BMW's in their yard. See where that whole concept of "gray" causes an issue? Poor people should have just as much protection from theft as rich people. $500 of petty theft could equal a months wages for alot of people. But, one month of a BayArians wages might be $10,000, and would be grounds to get a thief shot. So, a thief that only takes the life savins from poor people will not be a felon, but will be destroying lives.
    Say no to gray!

    Anyways, this has been great. Next subject!! lol

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    Bap33 says

    Life begins when two cells join, create a new cell that splits and will keep splitting until you see a person. The point of conception begins the creation of a new, seperate, unique DNA paterned, life — but that is just my opinion. I think the Hebrew law says within 28 days of conception there is not a life yet. Not sure.

    WRONG!
    Life begins when the kids leave home and the dog dies. G'night everybody! I'll be here all week - don't forget to tip your waitress and try the veal!

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    try the veal

    Nice.

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    marcus says

    Nice.

    @marcus (and I realize that we agree on this issue, but am asking anyway):
    about grey areas... if I did order the veal and a starving man stole it before I had a chance to eat it - is he guilty? How about if I don't like veal? does that change his guilt or innocence? If I haven't ever had veal, but abhor the thought of a baby calf in a teeny cage, unable to move until it's killed for its tender baby meat - does that change things?

    What if it were a loaf of bread and I was on a diet and the guy wasn't hungry - but his children were? If I weren't on a diet? What if his children were well fed but he needed money for child support so that his daughter could take dance lessons, grow up & marry a man who would take care of her so that her children wouldn't starve?

    There are alway grey areas. Life isn't black & white (to me).

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    lol

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