Burying the Blue Dogs

The threat of the Slaughter Rule to pass the Health Care legislation leaves us wondering if the cure to our health care problems is not worse than the disease.  It seems that there are only two reasons to resort to this tactic.  Either Pelosi does not have enough votes to pass the bill or she wants to provide cover for those who do not want to face the consequence of their vote back home.

In either case she stands ready to thwart the will of the voters.  After so much outright bribery and arm twisting this does not speak well for the bill. If she really thinks that everyone will like the bill afterwards then she is speaking very poorly of her party’s ability to communicate anything.  More likely she is simply arrogant in believing that the great unwashed do not really know what is good for them.

The Blue Dog Democrats have the most to lose from deem and pass (which is really a by-pass).  If voters cannot see how their Congressman voted and this obfuscation is intentionally constructed by the Democrats in power, then their only option is to vote out every Democrat regardless of their fiscal conservatism.  That will be the only way assert the will of the voter.

In an effort to give cover to their Congressmen, the party leadership may bury them.

Who is Greedy?

From Randall Hoven at American Thinker

Graph of the Day December 24,2009

Preaching to the Choir

One of the most valid criticisms of this blog is that I am only preaching to the choir. I may be voicing legitimate points, but it is not accomplishing much since few opposing my viewpoints will read it..

When I started writing Rebelyid is was not with any intent to persuade others to follow a different path.  Most of the time I wrote to just to clarify my own thinking whether it was to summarize books and articles or to explore ideas out loud. Writing helps bring disparate ideas to a logical conclusion.

I have no strong loyalty to the Republican Party, but I have less for the Democrats.  I mostly espouse libertarian thoughts, but I even find their party functionally sterile.  I find economics and history to be enlightening and I try to apply those perspectives on controversial issues; that is why I find the left and right descriptions to be irrelevant.

One of the compliments I value is when readers claim they cannot discern if I am liberal or conservative. When I approach an issue those are the two least important thoughts in my head.  I am sure that my recent posts make that seem unlikely since I oppose so much of Obama’s programs. If I am able to have any influence it was not my original goal.

But how does one have any influence on the readers? First of all I doubt if anything can have any influence on the extremes from either side.  I believe only the middle third are even open to an original or questioning thought. Most people read for confirmation not information. Once someone claims any party loyalty their thought process seems to focus on defending that position rather than to entertain any thought that would question or doubt their belief.

While I like to debate positions I am only interested in an open discourse.  Once the word ‘liar’ or ‘idiot’ is inserted into the debate I am done. When the person associated with a statement is the target more than the statement itself, I realize a debate is futile.

But the reality is that most people react and choose emotionally, not logically and few logical ideas will change them. To the extent that current myths can be debunked and more people will question their own positions I guess writers and bloggers may have some influence, but perhaps the best we can do is to continue to clarify in our own minds our positions and to continue to think them through so we are better prepared to promote and defend those ideas when the opportunity arises.

There probably isn’t much more a writer can do.

Goodness and Greatness

“A person’s pursuit of goodness leads to greatness, but the pursuit of greatness leads to ruin. Pursue goodness and you will achieve great things.”

John E. Kramer, vice president for communications, Institute for Justice

from a Starbucks Coffee Cup

Word Up

One of my favorite sites is the Urban Dictionary, http://www.urbandictionary.com You can invent words and add them to the dictionary.

Too many of the entries are juvenile and vulgar but there are a few gems. A few of my favorites:

one who uses their foot to lift the toilet seat or flush a toilet in a public bathroom, as in
“Public bathrooms need to be designed to accomodate the growing tide of sanipeds.” (This is one of mine)

the act of giving oneself a chiropractic adjustment
“it looked like yoga, but he was actually engaging in chirobation” (tips to Jimmy Gaudet)

The feeling of regretting something you’re about to do anyway.
“Every Friday night, I pregret that I will go to the club. I know I will stand there like an idiot and won’t talk enough game to bring anyone home with me.”