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Enthusiasm

peezie Wrote: Jul 19, 2012 3:16 AM
What conservatives and liberals alike understand is that the truth is boring. Conservatives have an uphill battle simply by virtue of telling about economic reality, history, and the unfortunate realities about our economic situation. Liberals look for the voter that resembles kids around the dinner table that would rather watch a sitcom than listen to their parents discuss household finances. This is precisely how people like Obama are elected, and nobody on the left raises any hue and cry about the Senate not passing a budget for three years. It's all about gloss, entertainment, slick sound bites and other irrelevancies that make cults of personality national leadership.
risher3 Wrote: Jul 19, 2012 4:02 AM
I agree, and on the flip side, conservatives look for voters who buy the "vote for me or the terrorists will win" voters. But your right, economics are boring. Truth is uncomfortable. Reality is not exciting. None of these things will win an election and that is the fault of the people. Economic policy won't get better until we're backed up against a wall, or until the people put in the effort to learn about this stuff. I know where I'm putting my money.

When I think of the word enthusiasm, I am reminded of a scene out of the 1987 movie "The Untouchables" about gangster Al Capone. In the scene, Capone (played by Robert De Niro) is walking around a table that is surrounded by his men. As he walks, he talks.

"Enthusiasms, enthusiasms ... What are mine?" he asks. "What draws my admiration? What is that which gives me joy? Baseball! A man stands alone at the plate. This is the time for what? For individual achievement. There he stands alone. But in the field, what? Part of a team. Teamwork ... Looks,...