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Fighting the Last War

Dear Ann (apologies to Ann Landers), It is not palatable to digest Romney knowing of the dead candidates' bodies are buried in the back yard of the establishment. It's like eating sausage after you watch it being made.
rickmcq Wrote: Apr 12, 2012 8:26 AM
Would the alternative, then, be having that sausage ground into the dirt before your eyes by watching Obama be reelected, Winkmeister?
Winkmeister (Formerly David) Wrote: Apr 12, 2012 8:31 AM
Your looking at the only two choices left due to the negativism. Are we being hypocritical when we, as conservatives, can justify the means for the end?

At what point can it be justified?
rickmcq Wrote: Apr 12, 2012 8:39 AM
I am indeed "looking at the only two choices left," assuming no sudden and major change.

"Are we being hypocritical"?
No, we are being practical. It would be hypocritical if I, as a Conservative, said that I wanted Conservative results and then voted for the MORE Liberal of the choices available to me.

"At what point can it be justified?"
At the point where it come down to having to make a decision to right a greater wrong - Liberal Obama-ism rather than allow it to continue.
Winkmeister (Formerly David) Wrote: Apr 12, 2012 8:46 AM
In sociology, elimination of other directions guides you to your "free choice". Have you ever heard the expression "rather the hand instead of the arm"? The guidance is of coercion of acceptance of the inevitable with less loss to oneself.
rickmcq Wrote: Apr 12, 2012 9:01 AM
And given that we actually live in a reality where others can - and do - direct the number of choices that are actually remaining for us to make, we must make them with the anticipation of receiving the best possible outcome. I believe that ANY of the Republican choices is better than Obama, so I am willing to vote for ANY of them, regardless of whether my FIRST choice is that nominee.
Winkmeister (Formerly David) Wrote: Apr 12, 2012 9:09 AM
I understand your point. I just wanted to point out how we are sociologically controlled. The better candidate often doesn't win because of their firmness in moral character. However, the obvious fear shown to us is Obama (the arm). Why do we have to be coerced into willingly give up our hand under the pretense that that's better?

I would suggest delving deeper into the puppet masters instead of looking at the puppets.
rickmcq Wrote: Apr 12, 2012 9:42 AM
In a fast-changing world, a common mistake is to keep fighting the last war.

For example, why would Republicans support sending more troops to Afghanistan, when that war was long over, or helping topple Moammar Gadhafi, who had become an ally in the war on terrorism? Some Republicans seem to support all military deployments just out of habit.

For years after the 9/11 terrorist attack on America, Democrats hysterically bemoaned any military action, especially in Iraq. They claimed to have many precious objections, but the truth was, they thought we deserved the attack -- or at best, both sides were at...