Friday, September 15, 2017

Two quotes by Progressives

From  the movie Blazing Saddles.  Cleavon Little's character talks himself out of a tight situation by creating a fake hostage situation.  He pretends to have multiple personalities and holds himself hostage.
"I am appalled at the constant, obsessive attention paid to Trump.
He appears to be exactly what he wants to be: addictive.
He is a true, great master of the great game of this age, the Celebrity Game. Attention is what he lives on."   Ursla LeGuin, a Progressive 
Well, golly.  What can I say?  Who is directing all of that obsessive attention to Trump?  I guess if your primary relationship model is Victim-Perpetrator-Rescuer then you automatically make the people you disagree with the center of attention.  Progressives are doing it to themselves.

There are some progressives, note the lower case "p", who have a Serve-Others model and there is no center of attention.  You rarely hear about these people because they are seldom showy.  Maybe the Progressives should migrate to that relationship model.

Whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma. The law is totally different. And I think in your case, professor, when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you..."  Diane Feinstein, a Progressive
My first observation is that religious dogma must be internally consistent.  Judges often rule when two laws seem to be in conflict.  One hopes they can discern which law should take precedence based on overall coherence with guiding principles and previous case law.  A strong background in "dogma" lends a certain instinct in exercising that discernment.

My second observation is that I would be honored to have anybody say " the dogma lives loudly within you" about me.  "Dogma" has the nuance of inflexibility about it, but so do durable structures.  Bending reeds might weather the storm with more ease, but what is their enduring value?

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