Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Inside My Head cont.

A meme I shared sums up my inner dialog and disposition very nicely.

It's a quiet morning, and I don't write very often, so I thought I'd share some thoughts.

I don't write very often because I determined a very long time ago that the opportunity cost of writing more often is less non political thoughts coursing though my brain. Or in other words, I have enough politics in my life, and to write more often would crowd out what is non political in the pursuit of more content to share an opinion on.

We all look for signs in life to validate, reward, or indicate that the path we have chosen is the correct path to be on, for me the reality of Donald Trump posing as a conservative Republican is the clearest sign I've ever received in politics that I am on the right side.

I don't think of myself as a prophet crying out in the wilderness, nor do I fancy myself an original thinker, but I do know I put the time in, the hard work, and the willingness to expose myself to all points of view on the political spectrum.

In real life my disposition toward this era, beyond what the simple meme conveys is that elections have consequences, but also peoples choices have consequences.

Through common courtesy, and acceptance of random influences, I've made much effort to follow through on suggestions to better inform my world view. More often have I invested this time and effort with opinions and views that I initially don't agree with -- that's how to learn, in my opinion.

In the process I learned and understood friends and strangers better.

At the same time, I've suggested many, many times sources of information to people, for the same reason -- to better inform.

Let me be frank. While I come to understand that most people don't think like me, I do however weigh future investments of my time against the past performance of the effort I know that my conversationalist puts in to being informed.

Or in other words, I judge the use of my time debating or conversing with someone who doesn't share my value of education on political matters as sub optimal.

One clear indicator of that disposition toward education is whether or not they read what I offer.

Its not that hard to read an article, and it doesn't take hours. Conversely, T.V. programs and radio shows consume a lot of time.

When I bond with people over politics anymore, its more to do with acknowledging a shared commitment to ascertaining the truth of matters, than it is tribal.

If the loyalty to a tribe is evidently placed above a commitment to better understanding, that's where I'm walking away.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Kavanaugh again and again.

Impeach Kavanaugh

I intentionally wrote that headline so that anyone who only reads headlines will think I'm for impeaching Kavanaugh.

Anyways, I'm riding this wave of creativity, writing because I don't buy either side of this continuing story, and I think I have something to point out.

Tidying up my previous comments, let me quickly speak of how I've approached this confirmation process. For me it was all about Kavanaugh. How did he respond and how did professionals view him.

Ford, the accuser, had no bearing on my opinion what so ever.

Why should she? She could of accused the judge of murder, and it still lays with Brett to show his mettle.

He failed, IMO, and I was joined by a number of groups with whom I'm satisfied with.

However, just a note on the methods, but not the accuser, of the Democrats.

Sen. Feinstein pulled this ancient play out of a book so old, it must of been handed down on stone tablets.

Let's remember Ford, or correct me, did not want this made an issue. That's my understanding and so I defaulted to not chastising the accuser. Again, it was all about Kavanaugh anyways.

But Feinstein created this debacle even more so than Trump. Trump went off script, his judgement is horrible, and his pick turned out to be embarrassing, but he can't control everything.

Certainly the play was more contrived than it merited from both sides, but Kavanaugh still handled it poorly.

So the method failed in the end, and there is a large impression that it was a dirty trick by the democrats, and the Trumpers are outraged!

Spare me.

How anyone can take serious this recent discovery of ethical and good faith conduct from the Trump cult is a position that doesn't need explaining to me, it needs to be practiced to be believed and then I can take it serious.

I've been preaching about how important certain characteristics are for years now, and I don't think I've had one Trumper recognize the need for good and decent conduct from him, instead I got silly memes sent my way. Many expressing a devotion that I simply can't comprehend.

Oh, we all know the dirty trick business and the turning away from good faith with lies and false allegations but no one executes the genre better than Donald Trump.

I'm afraid I'm being redundant, but its what's making this a fun past time for me, though.

Tomorrow will be a new outrage, will the devotion to those old terms like honesty, ethics, and modesty persist in the Trump crowd, or will it fade like the bank accounts of all the marks before them?

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Kavanaugh again.

No Loyalty Badge This Time Either

I think I did job of staying out of the Kavanaugh debacle. One opinion and three shares through it all, a couple real life conversations and a few hours of podcast time.

That's not bad. I was about to write loyalty has consequences, when I mean to write elections have consequences. But in either event it is what it is to a man in my station in life.

I can't see getting worked up about this either way.

To me it's just another example of Trump screwing things up. (Books have been written about this, "Everything Trump Touches Dies" by a Republican no less!)

Trump has such poor judgement that that is the constant glaring dummy light on the dashboard through all these fiascoes.

This supports my contention for this issue, Kavanaugh was not on the initial list Trump, as a candidate, offered to the country. Regardless of any other lists, for me Trump went off script...and in the process people live's have been turn inside out.

As for Kavanaugh himself, for me again, he failed. The act he pulled on that Friday was sufficient for me then, and since then my thinking has been validated by a quite a number of professionals from the law community, law community organizations, one retired Supreme Court Justice, and even *gasp* the largest christian organization of churches.

That's a company I'm happy to keep with on this issue.

Frankly, its hard to not laugh out loud to hear righteousness out of the same corners when Trump has done so much worse than testifying before a senate committee about an act decades ago.

He's done a lot worse in terms of dirty tricks. So lets not try to pass that whole dirty democrats scheme on me. Get your own house in order before you try to clean mine.

Of course I have about a chapter more to write, I'll save it. It's just not worth the aggravation.