No good news on the Iraq front, of course, with the "Democratic" Congress once again coughing up $160,000,000,000 additional dollars to squander on nothing of value to Americans. Even worse, the same "Democratic" Congress just caved in to Deputy Dubya and the telecommunications companies on the warrantless wiretapping of American citizens in violation of their Fourth Amendment rights to privacy -- the so-called "compromise" (i.e., capitulation) FISA bill. As Republican Senator Kit Bond exulted:
Quote:When the Government tells you to do something, I think you all recognize, uh, that that is something that you need to do.
Thanks for the comments about C. S. Peirce, Stan. However, in the present context of fear-induced American political subservience -- especially as evidenced by the present Democratic Party "leadership" -- I think you misconstrue what he meant by "doubt" and "belief." Peirce made the neurological analogy (long before Alfred Korzybski) of an "itch" (doubt) that one cannot refrain from scratching until the irritation goes away, as opposed to "belief" which shows itself in the satisfied, anticipatory habit of salivating at the smell of a peach. Beliefs mean only the habits they manifest, Peirce claimed, and when any real doubt arises as to just how we ought to behave, a struggle ensues to reduce uncertainty to fixed habits that will guide future behavior in similar circumstances. As Peirce went to great lengths to show:
The "Democratic" presidential face of the corrupt Janus Party nearly always betrays the "left" that nominates him (or her) in favor of courting the reactionary right (euphemistically called the "center") in the general election. Senator You-Know-Her made the mistake of thinking that she could just skip the pro-forma courting of the "liberals" entirely and get right to the betrayal business after only about one month for perfunctory voting, if that. Senator Barack Obama more astutely did the traditional thing of first paying lip service to "liberal" concerns about worthless war and ruinous corporate rapacity before ultimately distancing himself from the "lefties" the moment they had handed him his nomination. Barack Obama now finds himself the "leader" of a "Democratic" Party half of whose caucus will vote in lockstep with the solid Republican minority on every issue eviscerating America's hope for a lawful, peaceful future. And where the rabid reactionary Republican-Democrats lead, Barack Obama seems only too willing to follow. He just talks better about doing so than the dyslexic dwarf chimpanzee Deputy Dubya Bush.
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