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Bencheeseburger Wrote: Jun 20, 2012 8:49 AM
Dr. Sowell, What do you think of President Obama's now allowiing drilling in the Gulf? This evil man is systematically appeasing everybody. How can we win?
Elizabeth420 Wrote: Jun 20, 2012 9:07 AM
Bencheeseburger: Obama is not appeasing Americans by hindering our domestic energy pro-
duction, nor is he acting in the best interests of the American people. Obama demonstrates his
true allegiance in these matters, as he continues to appease the interests of the ME oil cartel!

Random thoughts on the passing scene:

Many people may have voted for Barack Obama in 2008 because of his charisma. But anyone familiar with the disastrous track record of charismatic political leaders around the world in the 20th century should have run for the hills when they encountered a politician with charisma.

What is scarier than any particular political policy or issue is the widespread tendency to treat political issues as personal contests in talking points -- competitive skill in fencing with words -- rather than as serious attempts to find out what the facts are and what the options are.