What do you mean you don’t know what they all have in common?
You didn’t know all three of them are never wrong, know everything about every subject, have a perfect plan, and all three can walk on water, turn water to wine and while still alive are already up for sainthood.
Right about now a good portion of people are saying something like, how dare you compare _______ to the other two. But it kind of proves my point.
All three of them have followers who will defend them to their dying breath, without question without exception. And this is a problem…especially conservatives and libertarians who are supposedly the ones who use their brains. Now personally as a conservative, I and my fellow conservatives endlessly mock liberals for blindly following their leaders with the unquestioning lockstep goosestep of a Nuremberg march…but it doesn’t help when we have people on our own side who do the same.
For instance for some people on the right I can’t critique Sarah Palin without being called a RINO and a liberal.
For a disturbing portion of libertarians (or at least the vocal ones) Ron Paul is still in incapable of wrong.
There is something seriously, seriously wrong here. People are not perfect and they shouldn’t be treated as such. No one ever agrees with someone 100% of the time and if you do you should question your judgement.
I loved Reagan as President. I can name a dozen things I think he was wrong on. I loved Romney, there are a dozen or more things I think he wasn’t right on. I believe Aristotle’s philosophy is perhaps as a whole the most logical argument ever presented…it’s full of problems. I can agree with people, support them, push for their ideas without believing them to be absolutely perfect. Why because no one is perfect.
Ron was a racist, an anti-Semite, a hypocrite and if in control would have either been utterly powerless or would have killed government programs too fast to let society adjust to change and thus caused more problems than the government programs themselves. That doesn’t mean he was wrong about auditing the Fed, or cutting back on government spending, taxation and regulation. Although correct in theory on many of his wishes, as demonstrated with his newsletter, he is not a good manager or leader.
In theory I agree with a lot of what Sarah says. Of course since it’s all a collection of vague one-liners it’s kind of hard to find an actual point to disagree with. But despite this lack of substance there are quite a few in the Republican Party who hang on her every word. For god’s sake, she pulled a cheap prop trick with a Big Gulp (which I’ve seen at least a dozen people already do) this weekend, and from the reaction you’d swear she was Moses come down from the mountain with the Commandments. Does anyone forget that she was in support of using federal funds for the biggest pork project one could imagine (the bridge to no where) or that during the VP debate she suggested that the solution to fixing the education system was to throw money at it. Or how about her backing of RINO politicians like McCain. I don’t care if he made her his running mate, the man is a corrupt, brainless, liberal. His major piece of legislation is an assault on the First Amendment. And she endorsed him. There is no possible excuse for that, but watch so called conservatives one minute who would rightfully be howling for McCain’s blood the next minute defend Sarah’s endorsement to the death. It’s sad and disgusting. And given that she has no depth to speak of, only quips and charisma, and that everything she does is motivated by what’s good for Sarah, not necessarily the country, I feel comfortable in saying that Sarah Palin is the Republican Party’s Obama. A vainglorious hack who leads an army of sheeple. To my knowledge she has made no concrete statements regarding plans/solutions to Republican issues other than the promoting our big loosers ; ending abortion and gay rights – yeah those are the two most pressing problems our country is facing today – that’ll solve all our problems.
Yes we all understand why liberals don’t question anything about their leader, Barry. To hell about the corruption, the drone war*, the gun running, the cover up in Benghazi, the pork, the opulence, the incompetence. Obama is the savior and one must not question the one true God. We’ve come to expect this sort of idiocy from liberals.
But we’re conservatives and libertarians. We’re supposed to think, goddamnit! We’re supposed to care about ideas more than people. We’re supposed to care about truth/substance more than perception.
Now maybe if their followers could be less psychotic and admit the faults of Ron or Sarah I wouldn’t attack them so much. I mean they serve a needed purpose in the party. You need people/firebrands like Sarah Palin who can energize the base. You need policy extremists like Ron to keep us honest. You need people who can use a stunt like a 13 hour filibuster to rally the troops. But you also need people like Cantor (and I still hold a little hope for McConnell) who can cut the deals when they need to be made, lest we lose on everything. And we need leaders like Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney, who in the spirit of Reagan, know how to balance these two ends of the party and when to use one and when to use other to best achieve their goals. But right now we don’t put enough faith in those leaders because both sides, the establishment and the ideological purists, hate the other and won’t talk to each other admitting we have a common enemy to kill. You know once liberalism and progressivism has been reduced to the political relevancy of the Whig party, conservatives and libertarians can rip out each others throats to their heart’s content for all I care, but NOT ONE SECOND BEFORE THAT!
And the first step is to admit that our icons are not perfect. Until we can stop treating political figures like they are prophets from God and utterly infallible, we are not going to be able to prioritize and work together to kill the beast that is the Democratic Party.
Here’s a test, if you can’t name 10 things** you disagree with the person you are supporting, you’re not thinking. There is no person on Earth you can agree with on everything, especially in politics, where even the best have to make deals that to someone not aware of all the ins and outs looks like a bad call. If you can’t find 10 things you disagree with a politician on, go back and do research, because you obviously haven’t done any.
Maybe the way to deal with all of this is to make a list of what needs to occur in our country and maybe we can all agree on the top 3/5 and then together start there and work our way down and we might find that as we accomplish the goals forward some of the items lower on the list will become not as important will self correct to an extent. It’s worth a try or we will just become as irrelevant as the Whig destiny we would wish on the other party.
*I have no problems with a drone war in theory…but a weapon that should be used with the precision of a scalpel is being waved around like a broadsword in the hands of a Berserker. That’s a problem.
**I’d even go as far as to say that if you can’t come up with 10 nice things to say about someone you oppose you’re admitting you don’t know much as well. (Yes I can say 10 nice things about Barry, Sarah and Ron if I had to, like I perfectly agree with Barry’s 2009 statement that running up the debt is unpatriotic. But even though I am not so blinded by bias that I can point out that they are human and thus not entirely without any redeeming values or positions, that does mean that when taken as a whole, they do not come up very, very lacking.)