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  •  Solnit is a perfect response to righteous Liberals (0+ / 0-)

    She echoes in far more coherent form what I have been saying from the first month of Obama's administration.   One of the best bits of advice I ever got was "Don't let the best be the enemy of the good enough".  This applies to my poliicians as well.  Obama is better than good enough - he is remarkable for what he has achieved despite 600mph headwinds.  And yet I will sit with my liberal friends who will tell me how he has failed on this issue or that and how some people may not show up for him.  It reminds me of the twits (and I use the term advisedly) who went for UberTwit Nader in 2000.  Florida went by 537 votes, as we all know: Nader go 97,421.  History would have been substantially different (starting with the Iraq war and the pointless tax cuts which broke us financially).  Our national electoral politics isn't a parlor game for faint-hearted leftw-wingers disappointed when they don't get a blended incarnation of Roosevelt and McCarthy. It's a brutal fight against a foe with no reserve.  I know one thing for sure: as MLK put it, the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. There is no doubt, can be NO doubt whatsoever, that Obama has bent that arc in the right direction. Anything else is sophistry.

    "It's a Christmas Miracle!" (SNL, 9/15/2012)

    by pswiderski on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 06:56:17 AM PDT

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    •  Sophistry? (0+ / 0-)

      Tell that to the parents of the children slaughtered by the drones.

      Tell that to the children of the adults who have disappeared into our -- yes, our -- torture complex.

      Sophistry is the luxury of those who can, with the wave of a rhetorical hand, dismiss the suffering of those who do not signify.

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 09:58:53 AM PDT

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      •  And you can remain committed to perfection (0+ / 0-)

        From a foreign policy perspective, we're infinitely better off then we would have been with Mcain or will be with Romney. We're out of Iraq, and we would still be there otherwise. We are not at war with Iran and we would be otherwise. Qaddafi is gone with minimal life lost. We picked the right side in the Arab Spring. We signed a disarmement treaty with Russia. We've done a whole host of things that would never get done under McCain and will be reversed under Romney. To argue otherwise is, again, to engage in sophistry. You can choose to "act" your principles and not vote for Obama. That is NO different than voting for Romney. Period.  You may have that little feeling of moral superiority that you did the "right" thing.  But you would not have.  Just imagine you are the deciding vote and choose accordingly.  Sitting it out is a moral choice. And if it means an election is thrown to a side which would objectively result in a worse outcome than what you believe in, you have betrayed yourself.

        "It's a Christmas Miracle!" (SNL, 9/15/2012)

        by pswiderski on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 12:30:09 PM PDT

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