Thursday, April 26, 2012

Talking Points and Turtles all the way down!

Stephen Hawking began A Brief History of Time:

A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: "What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise." The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, "What is the tortoise standing on?" "You're very clever, young man, very clever," said the old lady. "But it's turtles all the way down!"
Lately, Obama and the Democrats appear to be campaigning and governing as if coherent thoughts are unnecessary luxuries.  They bounce from mindless talking point to mindless talking point.  The campaign appears to be a lurching process of throwing out talking points in the hopes of finding something that might stick on the wall.  I've seen toddlers resisting bedtime come up with better reasoned arguments.  If you look for some kind of organizing principle, a logical thread, or even a coherent thought, you'll find yourself in Gertrude Stein's Oakland.

Requesting a picture ID to vote is a Jim Crow-style denial of fundamental rights.  The federal government has a legitimate interest in not enforcing the law and demanding that states not enforce the law.  The Constitution limits the federal government's power except that the federal government can do anything it thinks is necessary or proper. 

It's fine to eat a dog.  You just can't put one on the roof of your car.  It's terrible to have polygamists as ancestors, but not a problem to have one for a father.  If a Hispanic Democrat kills a black teen, it's the fault of white conservatives.  Defending freedom of religion is a war on women, but it's okay to denigrate a woman for raising her children instead of working at a job.

It's talking points -- all the way down.  And mindless, bizarre talking points at that.  Voters are beginning to feel like Alice trying to understand Humpty Dumpty.  Except Humpty Dumpty made more sense.

Instead of all the foolish blather, Obama and his friends should be explaining the arithmetic behind Obamacare and his stimulus.  Hmmmm.  Maybe there's a pattern here.

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