Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sincere Ignorance and Conscientious Stupidity

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity -- Martin Luther King "Strength to Live"

I think this is much of what we are facing in our political environment today. Factions aligned behind an opinion or idea and unwilling or unable to listen to anything which differs from that stand. And, the Internet, is a prime contributor to making this easier. The huge flow of data which come through the Internet should allow people to explore other ideas and challenge their opinions and ideas from all sides. But, it is too easy to filter ideal through the internet. We tend to read only opinions which agree with our own and filter out anything which might reflect on the stupidity of those closely held beliefs.

Get out their an sample the opposition. Look at other opinions with an open mind in the hopes that you will refine your beliefs into something which can actually move this world forward.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

9 second opinion

The news sound bite is around 9 seconds. It's interesting to note that the Twitter 140 character tweet can also be said in around 9 seconds. Are we limiting our view of the world to 9-second snippets?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Republicans are Coming!

80 Republican freshmen will hit Washington in a few days. They say that they want to change the way laws are made in the nation's capital. Let's hope that they show compassion for all people and not just their rich constituents. Some say they want to balance the budget by cutting social programs -- Social Security and Medicaid. I say, how about cutting the defense budget also. I realize that we need to spend less, but it seems that Republicans are focused on programs for working families and the poor while keeping those programs which benefit their constituents. Why not? Those poor people can't donate enough money to help with their re-election, anyway! It's rather hypocritical, though. Conservatives claim to be for family values, yet they want to eliminate all the supports which help working families stay together and make it through life. I guess God's definition of marriage as "one man and one woman" needs to revised to "one man and one woman, a housekeeper, butler, and driver".

Republicans say they want to eliminate earmarks (you know, those moneys attached to bills which benefits things like "bridges to nowhere"), while what they really want is to retain the practice of taking pork back to their constituents under a different name. After all, protecting their doaners' incomes is how they get re-elected and as we all know, a politicians primarily motivator is re-election and the retention of their power.

We can only hope that the compromise shown in the last "lame duck" session continues into 2011 so that we can all benefit from our elected legislators actually doing something. But, unless you are in outstanding shape, I wouldn't hold my breath!