Politically speaking, I’ve had a very good week. My only disappointment was that the Republicans did not allow Senator Jim Bunning to continue speaking for as long as he wanted. Because really, the longer he talked, the more people started paying attention and got the picture of what the Republicans really, really stand for.
I could just picture the Republican powerbrokers standing behind the curtain, saying “Jim! Shhh! Yes, this is what we really mean, but you aren’t supposed to say it out loud! You’re making us look bad!”
Jim: “But I thought, I thought…this is what you wanted.”
Republican Leadership: “Shut the hell up and sit down.”
What I’d really like to know is how they got him to stop. What dire consequences could there be? Perhaps at a later date it will be the subject of a Ludlum novel.
My personal little victory this week was changing the mind of one (one!) person regarding Florida’s Amendment 4. And if you don’t think that’s hard, then consider the state of politics in the U.S. in general. Words may never hurt us, it takes sticks and stones, but I’m uneasy about about the words these days. Words lead to actions, which is not to say I’m opposed to free speech in any way. The words just sometimes make me nervous.
So we will now return to Stepping Out On a Limb, Part One, and in particular, the final comment there. ptfan1 writes: “If we were in a true debate forum instead of a blog this is where I would burry [sic] your position as spurious and contradictory”.
Never mind my position, which is neither spurious nor contradictory. I have to ask: what satisfaction would that give him? The burying part reminds me of Kruschev famously pounding his shoe on the table at the U.N. and we all know how that turned out. Again, what would be the goal? Proving that he is smarter? Has more experience? Just “gets it” better? What would he hope my response would be?
How could you ever hope to sway me to your way of thinking by insulting me or acting superior? In short, what is the goal? If your goal is to prove your superiority…you already lost.