markabaddon wrote:Echoes of "A Canticle for Liebowitz", my friends.
Good pull, and quite right. And, if you've read the book you know "Those who ignore history..." (or, more accurately in the case of both the book and my own philosophy, "Those who rewrite history...")
Grayson wrote:Palin's support among college-educated Republicans is actually very small.
This would not surprise me. It's the requirement for people to look beyond the rhetoric that makes the difference. I'm a Democrat, but I rarely listen to the Hartmanns and/or Rhodes. (I will admit a fondness for Stephanie Miller because she has fart jokes.) Sound bites do little to pursuade me that a position is a valid one. I like to think I take a more distant -- my Dad would say "dispassionate", but I am quite passionate at times -- approach to formulating my opinion. It may be an elitist comment, but I see faaarrrr too many of our countrymen letting others give them an opinion versus formulating one of their own. Of both political stripes, though it seems to be more prevalent with Conservatives.
I believe this to be a function of a fundamental difference of approach. Conservatives, perhaps founded within cultures that believe prosyletizing is an acceptable form of religious fervor, tend to be far more adept at driving opinion rather than thought. And their base far more willing to accept what has been given to them as "fact without question". It's the same functionality as we see with the infallibility of the pulpit. Congregations won't, by and large, question what they are told by a pastor or minister or rabbi. It's a given. Unassailable.
Kinda like Fox News and Rush when you think about it.
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