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Biting the hand that feeds you August 28, 2012

Posted by ethlite in Uncategorized.
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Heard on radio this morning – Republican Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal asking President Obama for more Federal aid to help prepare for hurricane season.

This is the same guy who, delivering the Republican response to Obama’s address of Congress, said “Today in Washington, some are promising that government will rescue us from the economic storms raging all around us, those of us who lived through Hurricane Katrina, we have our doubts.”

At this point, Republicans can’t even be bothered to create any pretense of rationality and responsibility, because they grasp the basic fact that politics in America is no longer about governance that requires compromise, but a spectator sport between different tribes.

For once, I am going to agree with Rush Limbaugh. Liberals are responsible for this mess, liberals are responsible for this tribalization of America. Their postmodern moral equivalence has led to a value-free society, a vacuum seized upon by the religious right. When you insist all belief systems are equally valid and deserving the same respect, you no longer have the ability to articulate why we should reject religious fundamentalism and support liberal pluralism. We’ve handcuffed ourselves so we have no coherent response to “my ignorance is as good as your knowledge”. Willful ignorance beats intellectual superiority, every time, if we lack the courage in our own convictions.

Liberals created this monster which is now eating them alive. That’s the uncomfortable truth we have to confront. It’s time to reassert values found in during the Enlightenment and the Age of Reason, we don’t have to offer equal respect to all belief systems. Religious fundamentalism does not deserve respect, whether they are the Taliban or Christian variety. Equal rights does not mean equal respect. Rights are protected for all, but respect have to be earned on their own merit.

It’s time to end this idiotic nonsense before they end the crowning achievement of humanity – the great American experiment in true Democracy.

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Courage August 11, 2012

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Every now and then people would say to me that they think I am brave, courageous, or some other words to that effect. For some reason, the word would never sit well with me, but I couldn’t quite explain why.

I just figured it out.

Most of the time when I’m compelled to act, it’s because I’ve figured out something else that frightens me more than inaction. That’s all it is.

That’s why the word feels incongruent, because I never feel courageous, quite the opposite. Courage is not being fearless, it’s to keep going in the face of fear.