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the political stuff

Well, I was considering not posting any more political stuff, but surprisingly I'm still very worked up about it and feel like it is most of what's on my mind. so... yeah. It's something personal, something that effects me and leads me to question myself. So I oughter put it in my journal, that being the purpose and all. First, here's a quote which I observed on an entry which had comments turned off, but the quote really made me think hard about my attitudes, and made me want to discuss it.

Delight in smooth sounding platitudes, refusal to face unpleasant facts, desire for popularity and electoral success irrespective of the vital interests of the State, genuine love of peace and pathetic belief that love can be its sole foundation... utter devotion of the Liberals to sentiment apart from reality [all these things] constituted a picture of... fatuity and fecklessness which, though devoid of guile, was not devoid of guilt, and through free from wickedness and evil design, played a definite part in the unleashing upon the world of horrors and miseries which, even so far as they have unfolded, are beyond comparison in human experience.
Winston Churchill, The Gathering Storm

I am totally the quintessence of the sentimental liberal described here. I have long known how irrational, or at least unusual this is, but in light of recent events I have to examine what this means to me. Do I believe in killing killers and criminals? I have long said no. I have to think on this.

As far as activism, I made this note for myself: So, I ask myself, instead of protesting a war which is supposedly overdue, and dammit, has ALREADY STARTED, what can the average person do to try to encourage our government not to have such a bass-ackwards policy once the shooting stops??????? If I look at my feelings realistically, I know that I can't imagine our country not following through with what it has started and eliminating Hussein's regime. However, that doesn't mean there is no place for protests or trying to affect policy. But "Don't Treat the Iraqi People Like Wayward Irresponsible Orphans Or Cripple Them Economically Once You Kill Saddam" doesn't fit on a poster as well as "No War" I guess.

As for the French jokes, bronzemountain expressed my disdain for that crap better than I ever could have.



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Mar. 21st, 2003 05:26 am (UTC)
I really appreciate you and your opinion.
Mar. 21st, 2003 09:41 am (UTC)
Thank you. That's pretty special considering I get the feeling that in some ways we're on opposite sides of the spectrum. Glad you don't mind I borrowed from ya, and I'll keep readin' if you will. :)
Mar. 21st, 2003 09:48 am (UTC)
That was exactly my point this morning. I can be friends with people I disagree with, that's the American way of doing things (melting pot and all that).

Yes. I imagine we do have opposing view points on this issue. I am very conservative on some issues. On others I am VERY liberal (rights of homosexuals, freedom of speech, freedom of [and from] religion)... Democrats and Republicans both hate me equally.

So... I'm an American. And as one, I appreciate you and your opinion.
Mar. 21st, 2003 05:39 am (UTC)
"If I look at my feelings realistically, I know that I can't imagine our country not following through with what is had started and eliminating Hussein's regime."

In response,I can't help but think: "fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."
That's not to say that I actually expect Hussein to be left in power after this is over, but it sums up my faith in the U.S. government and their desires for the middle east pretty well.
Mar. 21st, 2003 09:45 am (UTC)
Re: ...
I wasn't fooled the first time; I wasn't even paying attention the first time. I wreck myself by being an idealist and stupidly in the back of my head I still have a vision of things working out for the best. The best that can happen when people killing each other, which... oh never mind. *sigh*
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