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  •  I snarkily wondered about the same thing (12+ / 0-)

    People change as they get older. But I wonder how much of that change has itself changed.

    To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

    by ontheleftcoast on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 10:01:07 AM PST

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    •  famous Churchill quote (18+ / 0-)

      There's a famous Winston Churchill quote that he never actually said - ""If you're not a liberal when you're 25, you have no heart.  If you're not a conservative by the time you're 35, you have no brain." There is no record of anyone hearing Churchill say this.

      Churchill probably never said this. He was a Conservative at 15 and a Liberal at 35

    •  Oh, I get it now. (1+ / 0-)
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      Liberalism is Cthulhu! ;)

      And the bright side of the downward thermodynamic spiral is, um...

      by eodell on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 11:44:46 AM PST

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      •  Quotations I like (4+ / 0-)
        Generations

        A man’s liberal and conservative phases seem to follow each other in a succession of waves from the time he is born. Children are radicals. Youths are conservatives, with a dash of criminal negligence. Men in their prime are liberals (as long as their digestion keeps pace with their intellect). The middle aged … run to shelter: they insure their life, draft a will, accumulate mementos and occasional tables, and hope for security. And then comes old age, which repeats childhood—a time full of humors and sadness, but often full of courage and even prophecy.

        E. B. White (1899–1985), U.S. author, editor. “Life Phases,” in New Yorker (20 Feb. 1937; repr. in Writings from the New Yorker 1927–1976, ed. by Rebecca M. Dale, 1991).

        Conservatives

        The world is burdened with young fogies. Old men with ossified minds are easily dealt with. But men who look young, act young and everlastingly harp on the fact that they are young, but who nevertheless think and act with a degree of caution that would be excessive in their grandfathers, are the curse of the world. Their very conservatism is secondhand, and they don’t know what they are conserving.

        Robertson Davies (1913–1995), Canadian novelist, journalist. The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies,“The Table Talk of Robertson Davies” (1990).

        Conservatives

        Men are conservatives when they are least vigorous, or when they are most luxurious. They are conservatives after dinner, or before taking their rest; when they are sick or aged. In the morning, or when their intellect or their conscience has been aroused, when they hear music, or when they read poetry, they are radicals.

        Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Essays,“New England Reformers” (Second Series, 1844).

        Conservatives

        When a nation’s young men are conservative, its funeral bell is already rung.

        Henry Ward Beecher (1813–87), U.S. clergyman, editor, writer. Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit (1887).

        The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations is licensed from Columbia University Press. Copyright © 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998 by Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
        •  Something to consider about these men's quotes (4+ / 0-)

          Keep in mind, Churchill, Brandt, White and the other big thinkers of days gone by were speaking only from the viewpoint of male dominated societies.  They were referring to men, not women.

          In their time, women's opinions and the evolution of women's political philosophies across their lifetimes were never discussed or measured, not even considered relevant.

          I tend to think women have developed their viewpoints about power and politics much differently than men.  It would be interesting to see some study results on that topic.

          "Mitt Romney is Dick Cheney with more charisma"

          by Betty Pinson on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 12:49:03 PM PST

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          •  women, is my reaction to the election results (1+ / 0-)
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            here on kos i read that in a new england state, three women were just elected to the highest offices

            and it's been the women of the electorate that gave pbo his well deserved victory

            so along with the disappearance of prejudice against the Other has come an appreciation of Woman as well

            just as the kids don't know from caring about the color of their friends' skin, do they not care about the different sexes, including gay, etc.

            a whole new big portion of the electorate shows intelligence, sharing and caring

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