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    Into The Politico Arena

    Into The Politico Arena

    As you know, I’ve expressed my doubts about Politico.  But the reality is that Politico is one of the major internet news sources and will be for the foreseeable future.

    While my prior criticisms applied to Politico’s news operations, I also was frustrated that whenever I read the political debates which took place at Politico’s Arena, the political voice represented by this blog was not being heard.

    For better or worse, I contacted Politico and requested contributor status at the Arena, and such request was granted.

    So starting today, I will chime in on some  — but not all — of the issues being debated at the Arena.  These are not the equivalent of blog posts, but really just quick takes on an issue.

    My first contribution today was on the issue of whether Republicans should be suspicious of the “mixed seating” proposals for the State of the Union address.  Here is what I wrote:

    For two years, legitimate opposition to Democratic policies, particularly Obamacare, was met with false accusations of hate speech and violence. Senior Democratic politicians (Chuck Schumer referring to Scott Brown) used the pejorative “teabagger,” peaceful protesters were called un-American, and the entire tea party movement was labeled racist, all in the cause of passing the Democratic legislative agenda. Even at last year’s State of the Union, President Obama attacked the Supreme Court decision Citizens United by falsely characterizing the nature of the decision, causing Democratic politicians to leap to their feet around the justices and clap loudly just feet from the justices.

    Having accomplished many of their legislative goals the past two years through such partisanship and lack of legislative civility, it rings hollow for Democrats now to call for mixed seating at the State of the Union. While I’m sure some politicians make such a request in good faith, Republicans are right to be distrustful and to view the new call for civility primarily as a tactic to consolidate what has been accomplished.

    How did I do, and more importantly, was I right to enter the Arena?

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    You have a lot of energy! Every effort, great and small to fight off the fantasy based centralization of our world is good work for 'The Times They Are a-Changin'

    I was reading today and came across an interesting essay on politics and science fiction. Tragically, these days much science is fiction. But I also remember Robert A. Heinlein, the great and influential science fiction writer of my youth, so influential to a number of generations, who "repeatedly integrated recognizable social themes: The importance of individual liberty and self-reliance, the obligation individuals owe to their societies, the influence of organized religion on culture and government, and the tendency of society to repress non-conformist thought"

    The essay is here:
    Is Science Fiction Getting More Conservative?

    Two quotes jumped out at me.

    From the master Orson Scott Card, author of Ender's Game:

    “Back when I cared,” he continued, “most of the writers of my generation were so extremely leftist in their formal opinions, and so extremely elitist in their practices, that it would be difficult to discern where they actually stood on anything. It’s as if the entire Tsarist aristocracy fervently preached Bolshevism even as they oppressed their peasants. But that view is based on observations back in the mid-1980s. Since then, my only exposure to their views has been the general boycott of mine. In short,” he said, “I’m their Devil, but I have no idea who their God is anymore.”

    From Tom Kratman

    “In any case,” Kratman concluded, “nobody converts anybody; we, as a society, are way past that. Right and left don’t share basic assumptions, don’t use the same words with the same meanings, and generally just talk past each other.”

    I think you did and said the right thing. It's kind of like being a commenter at someone else's blog except that you have stature. I'm not always sure why I comment or whether it accomplishes anything.

    But for an accomplished blogger entering into a liberal echo chamber to introduce a new voice is a big positive for our side. It may be the only place where many of these people ever get to hear our side.

    Yes. If you have an opinion that's not being shown and you think it should – jump in. Good luck being heard over the babble there, though.
    BTW – linked your Palin rant. Nice job of speaking the truth. I'll be back to see what else you have to say.

    As long as your comments are left as is and not edited, I think it was a great idea. I used to read their blog, but it was so biased that I stopped. Good luck.

    Excellent! I'm thankful we have you to articulate and defend our points of view. Thank you!

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