- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
"We all of us know down here that politics is a tough game. And I don't think there's any point in being Irish if you don't know that the world is going to break your heart eventually."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, December 5, 1963
All candidates run on the idea that they will improve on the present situation, as Barrack Obama once did and is doing once again. Few would run, and be successful, if they vowed to continue with the policies of their political opponents. This is where the electorate comes in. They have to decide what is important to the future of their country and what the issues really are.Barack Obama never ran on the idea of "all government is good", so it's not really hypocritical for him to think x or y shouldn't be solved by government intervention. Bachmann, however, IS running on the idea that "government is bad", so for her to take an issue as inconsequential and small as pornography and inject government intervention into it gives me great pause; if she thinks the government needs to solve that small "problem", who's to say how she will react to bigger problems? How genuine can she actually be if she can't even leave the issue of pornography alone? I'm no Ron Paul fan, but I respect him because he is extremely consistent in his beliefs. Bachmann is no Romney, to be sure, but stuff like this leads me to believe that she is not as genuine as she would have us believe.
That would exclude the interests of any political party to which, in the juvenile spirit of home team enthusiasm, they had earlier attached themselves. If you allow yourself to be swayed by signing a meaningless bit of wishful thinking, rather than looking at the real issues, then the United States is consigning itself to further debt, despair and disappointment.
Last edited by Grant; 07-08-11 at 04:19 PM.
Since it was mentioned...I don't understand women who restrict their men, especially in regards to something that isn't detrimental to the woman or doesn't require direct sacrifice. If I'm okay with porn, that means when I'm not in the mood I don't have to feel guilty because he's still got access to any number of videos and images and can take care of himself without my involvment. And I know he won't feel the need to be ashamed or hide things from me of a sexual nature..so it's a win-win for me and a win-win for him.
"Hmmm...Can't decide if I want to watch "Four Houses" or give myself an Icy Hot pee hole enema..." - Blake Shelton