Alarming News: I like Morgan Freeberg. A lot.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: We were following a trackback and thinking "hmmm... this is a bloody excellent post!", and then we realized that it was just part III of, well, three...Damn. I wish I'd written those.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: ...I just remembered that I found a new blog a short while ago, House of Eratosthenes, that I really like. I like his common sense approach and his curiosity when it comes to why people believe what they believe rather than just what they believe.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is an intriguing guy...[he] asks great questions and answers others with style, flair, reason and wit. On the blogroll he goes. Make him a part of your regular blogospheric reading. I certainly will.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is brilliant.
Common Sense Junction: Misha @ Anti-Idiotarian never ceases to amaze me. He keeps finding other good blogs. I went over to A.I. this morning for my daily Misha fix and he had found this guy named Morgan Freeberg in Fair Oaks, California, that has a blog, House of Eratosthenes. Freeberg says its "The Blog That Nobody Reads" but it may now become the blog that everybody reads.
Jaded Haven: Good God, Morgan, you cover a topic from front to back with a screwy thoroughness I find mind boggling. I'm in awe of your thought proccesses, my friend, you're an exceptional talent. You start by throwing in the kitchen sink, tie in someone's syphilitic uncle, bend around a rip tide of brilliance and bring it all home in a neat, diamond dripping package of an exceptionally readable moment of damn fine wordsmithing. I love reading you.
Mein Blogovault: Make "the Blog that No One Reads" one of your daily reads.
Philmon: When Morgan meanders, stick with him - he's got a point and it'll be worth it in the end. He's not a hit-and-run snarky quip kind of guy. The pieces all fall into place like tumblers in a lock and bang! He's opened a cognative door for you.
Rightlinx: Morgan at House of Eratosthenes is one of the best writers out there. I read him nearly every day because he manages to provide an interesting perspective, even though I don't always agree.
Poetic Justice: Cletus! Ah gots a laiv one fer yew...
Wisdom from my Hello-Kitty of Blogging account…
Rather fascinating thing that’s going on here, we’ve got these famous and high-profile people using the word “Republican” to describe themselves when they don’t believe in any Republican things. I’m thinking of Meghan McCain and Ron Paul, each one of whom in fact is very passionate about some singular favorite issue, and their position on the favorite issue is *opposed* to the Republican position but, although they don’t care much about any other issue, they nevertheless repeatedly call themselves Republicans…
What is this? Is it a false flag attack? Or maybe the GOP has failed to brand itself properly and safeguard its trademark, effectively leaving an asset lying around in the dirt, unsecured, and now the unscrupulous are doing what the unscrupulous do, which is take it…
If they want to win 2012, the GOP needs to fix this. I say “democrat” and you IMMEDIATELY know what I mean…you use the word “democrat” and everyone IMMEDIATELY knows what you mean…it means to make hard work and good decision-making futile. There, just a few words [capture] it all. The democrats have this, it is definitely an advantage since people vote for things reliably only if they understand them. Republicans need to get this [back?].
Yeah, what-up with that? I keep hearing how the ranks of the independents are swelling right now because Republicans and democrats both have bad names. But does that tell the whole story, if the Republican party is suffering from the pestilence of people pretending to be among their members, when they really aren’t?
Followed up with…
When you think about it, MM&RP are doing exactly the same thing to the Republican party that Barack Obama is doing to the United States, which is to say: I love you, I’m one of you, and because I have so much love for you and you are in error, I must change you so you are picked up & put where you need to be. And for those who are studious about it, it isn’t hard to see this is a destructive effort…one feels a hint of embarrassment stooping to the level of actually pointing it out, it should be obvious…
The issue is one of trademark dilution. This is why Miss America winners are dismissed and replaced when they pose for Playboy. Your girlfriend can’t get a job at Hooters and then wear her uniform as a Halloween costume. Aristotle’s Law of Identity, A is A and all that. To violate this fundamental law of thought is a wrenchingly destructive thing for any brand name that means anything. It causes a loss of that meaning, through dilution.
What am I saying about the problem with our public debt if I vote Republican? There are a lot of people with strong opinions about this who call themselves Republicans…I think most of them would give an answer pretty close to what a Tea Party guy would say about it, that it’s out of control, our spending has to be brought back into something sane and that means cut, cut, cut — military last. That’s a good answer, it’s my answer, I agree with it. The problem is though, that there’s too much chaff in the wheat. And most of the problem of contamination comes from Republicans who are elected to Congress to do this cutting, instead doing the opposite.
But then you have these “Republicans” like Congressman Paul, who bloviates to such excess about what the military should not be doing, that it’s difficult to nail down what he thinks it should, in fact, be doing. I don’t know why, or if, he thinks we should have one. And when he calls himself a Republican and gets away with it, it doesn’t say good things for the party. It says they are tolerant and inclusive to a fault, which some people might like…I suppose…but what good is that. It does a lot of damage, because it means when I say what I think about the debt situation or the military situation, even if the legacy of the Republican party is to agree with my statements, I end up really just speaking for myself. It’s no longer a done-deal that this is the Republican position. You can’t really be accepting of much of anything, if you don’t reject anything.
The practical observation is this: This situation does not inspire anyone to go vote. It does not rouse people out of bed early on a rainy November morning to go to some public school annex building on their way to work, and stand in line.
Now the democrat party has managed to work the same situation to their advantage. I said up above that their mission is to make hard work a futility, and that is true, but they have all these voters who don’t believe in that, are actually very hard workers, and yet will vote for them anyway. So that party, too, has a problem with trademark dilution, except it doesn’t do them any harm at all, in fact it tends to work to their benefit. Now why is that?
I think what’s happening here is, obviously the two parties are pushing different ideas, and the ideas being supported by the Republican party rely on clarity for their persuasive power whereas the ideas being supported by the democrats, do not. You say, we’re gonna take that rich guy down a peg or two…if I’m of a mind to support a mission such as that, I’m not likely to jump off the bandwagon just because a new question has been created about whether or not I will be a beneficiary of this. In fact, if yet more questions arise about whether or not I’m sufficiently comfortable that maybe I should be made a target, I’m still not likely to become antagonized toward the movement even as it seeks my destruction. It’s a fascinating trait of human behavior. The democrat voter hollers himself hoarse about “I’m smart because I’m voting my interest”…his guy wins, and a new tax plan is created to do the righteous damage against those evil rich people…the tax brackets creep downward, over time, and he finds his own taxes going up because it turns out he’s one of the bad guys. His fidelity is not disrupted or disturbed even a tiny bit. A casual shrug, and some cliched recycled remark about “Oh well, we are to be judged by how we treat the least among us” or some such. (And judged by who?)
I don’t know how to explain this because I don’t understand it. In Year One, there’s all this me-against-the-world, Occupy Wall Street antipathy toward — someone or something. I’m getting slighted! In Year Two, it’s easily and breezily replaced by guilt, the emotion polar-opposite from what was there before. So the faithfulness to the party remains absolute, because it’s never really tested.
This is an enigma, since it doesn’t work that way for the Republicans. It seems anyone who challenges Ron Paul’s Republican credentials instantly receives this predictable rhetorical beat-down for insisting on “purity tests” or “lock-step loyalty” (I see it’s happening in the Facebook thread now). Well, I’m not asking for a purity test; I’m just asking that things be a little bit definable. It shouldn’t involve any sort of conflict, it seems to me everyone ought to be on my side on this thing, because I perceive there’s a widespread frustration — especially on the Republican side — with the difficulty involved in sending clear and simple messages to the cirlces of power where meaningful decisions get made, through the process of our elections.
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