Saturday, October 31, 2009

When you want to find support; find a friend.

I've often marvelled at the self-referencing, self-supporting style of journalism that Fox News utilises. The easiest way to find some support for your arguments is to find someone that agrees with you.

It's much harder to take opposing arguments and discuss rational approaches and solutions. So far, all I've seen of the Republicans is opposition.

The article references opposition to Obama's Afghanistan approach but considering that he hasn't decided what approach he's going to take (pragmatism works in my book , rather than the Bush approach of going by your gutt).

I'm not a anti-republican completely - they do serve as a good balance but the noise and crap that they've generated lately has been overkill.


in reference to: Limbaugh Tells Fox News Dems Trying to 'Steal' Private Sector - (view on Google Sidewiki)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Socialized Health Care - Why I Never ...

Healthcare and Socialism? You shouldn't use the Socialism word ... don't you know it's bad?

I've got news for a lot of people - The Nation's defense is socialised (note : I'm using a lowercase s on purpose as I'm referring to the actual definition - not the supposed it's evil because it's not democracy innuendo).

-ism's are not bad.

Communism, another -ism isn't bad in theory - it's just that absolute power corrupts and hence most communist societies do tend to have wide-spread corruption.

Socialism implemented for a broad swath of a society also has the same issues.

Capitalism, another ism is based upon the aspect of every man working for himself - hence working on the strengths of man's primary self-interest. Yet this too can be taken too far.

The proper mix is a mix of all the ism's. (Communism is more of a dictate of social and economic hierarchy rather than a socail more'). Let people look after their own self interest, as they're inclined to do anyway, per capatalism for the most part -- however certain social aspects should be handled under socialism (defense, health of citizens, education*).

* - By education I mean a broad based education and not one that is based in influencing decision making or critical thinking skills (not like those are taught in today's schools anymore anyway).

Let me know when it's my turn to run the country...