1. Durl

    Your comment “even the most strident partisan isn’t always conservative or liberal”, and the discussion about football mentality in politics reminds me of one of my favorite quotes (expecially the 2nd line that mentions Republican and Democrat):

    “Let us not despair but act. Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past – let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” –Speech at Loyola College Alumni Banquet, Baltimore, Maryland, 18 February, 1958, “Loyola College Alumni Banquet, Baltimore, Maryland, 18 February 1958” folder, Senate Files, box 899, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.

    Source: http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Research-Aids/Ready-Reference/JFK-Quotations.aspx

    Our political situation has strayed so far from what’s best for the US to “what’s best to get me re-elected and keep in good graces with the people who fund my campaigns.”

    • Bookscrounger

      That’s certainly part of it. But where I want to go with this blog is that there are large swaths of the population, most people most of the time, who are simply impervious to logic, but who insist that what they believe is perfectly logical. We all do it some of the time. It is normal insanity, and I am trying to figure out how we get people to come to grips with it.

      My only strategy so far is to try to communicate with those who are (more) interested in logic, and hope the ideas spread; and until they become too dangerous, allow everyone else to find their way, and hope that eventually the discrepancies between what they believe and what they see will start to bother them, too.

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