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View Diary: A Republican POV on the Christie situation - I'm hoping that DKos community can help me. (53 comments)

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  •  ahhh no (8+ / 0-)

    1. The writer isn't an idiot, but I don't see any indication of "way above average" writing for a college student -  I would call it average at best.

    2. My guess is that the student in question wants to be (or is) a leader of a "young republican" club or other such organization, or perhaps has as his "assignment" for this paper to present the conservative view.  If that is the case, think about a lawyer passionately defending a client he doesn't really believe in.  Essentially, the writer is "doing his job"

    In either event, I wouldn't waste any more brain cycles on this

    •  The writer may be ignorant, or just a young (1+ / 0-)
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      radical simplicity

      Republican in training.  Perhaps he is purposely misleading people to try to help Christie get through this.  

      It boggles the mind that some people think that Christie is not going to jail.  He's out raising monies.  Considering he's already requested to use campaign funds for his expensive defense team, who would want to give him campaign monies?

    •  I work in a profession regulated by the FDA. (1+ / 0-)
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      There are several functions (entire departments) that generate, record, and maintain communications, most consisting at least somewhat of narrative -- brief descriptions of observations, memos, and all the way up to extensive, comprehensive reports.  The more of those written communications I've come across in my 10+ years of working in this field, the more dismayed I've gotten about what seems like a basic flaw in our educational system, one that fails to provide intelligent kids with the important skills that produce high-quality written communication.  That's a whole other subject, but I wanted to clarify why the writing sounded above-average.

    •  And I sort of agree with your conclusion... (0+ / 0-)

      ...that it's not worth thinking about this beyond this point.  But I think the reason it's hard for me to let it go is because this absurd delusional thinking is not that uncommon (or, I should say, alarmingly common) among intelligent, educated members of our society.

      It has always been a source of puzzlement for me.  And it's easy to get angry and frustrated about it (which I experience on occasion...), but I honestly want to be able to understand this intelligent-absurd phenomenon.  Because I think it might help me have more constructive dialog with people who embody this paradox.

      I suspect that it's an inescapable aspect of the human condition, and that it therefore affects individuals regardless of political affiliation, worldview, etc.

      But is sure seems far more common on the "right" side of the political spectrum.  Is that true -- or is it just how it seems to every progressive liberal?

      If it is true, then I'd like to understand if there's something inherent on that side of the political spectrum that is somehow better than the left at perpetuating the intelligent-absurd paradox.

      Because ultimately, from my progressive-liberal perspective, winning debates and elections should be only one of our goals.

      The way I see it, another major goal of the progressive liberal community is the creation of a truly intelligent, well-informed voting public.  I believe future generations will thank us if we make good headway toward that goal.  Because I believe it's a vital requirement for creating and sustaining a truly intelligent government, one that fulfills its mission of governing for the people.

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