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ANN DAVIDOW FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

There must be a way for decent behavior and intelligent thought to prevail rather than mindless hate-inducing political matches. The worst kind of vitriol and arrogance was in full cry at CPAC's claque these past several days. Seizing upon every possible divisive issue, speaker after speaker stood at the podium and delivered ugly prose that served little purpose other than to excite rabid partisans in the audience.

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Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:15

When is Opinion Just Disrespect?

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ANN DAVIDOW FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

We should expect more of our politicians and pundits than blithely to accept lying as just part of the political process. It is despicable behavior that has made voters cynical and distrustful and created a dysfunctional government in which our leaders struggle to substantiate their particular views despite what is often depraved indifference to the truth.

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ANN DAVIDOW FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me or as George Bush famously butchered the quote, “you can’t get fooled again.” But it seems the American people have a great capacity for allowing themselves to be fooled over and over again. Why we’re even ready to accept the myth that Newt Gingrich is brilliant and Mitt Romney could cure the stuttering economy by making ruthless corporate skills the law of the land.


How extraordinary it would be if business acumen translated into leadership talent and enabled a corporate giant to run a country and deal with the vagaries of a complex world. Those who seek easy answers for our dilemmas are satisfied it seems that candidates simply announce their intentions to shrink government, balance the budget and keep Iran from acquiring a nuclear device, in a breathtaking overhaul of our political system - - except of course for solving the problem of a bloated financial industry and removing the perks from corporate America’s balance sheet.

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ANN DAVIDOW FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

The same old refrains keep surfacing in political debate. No matter how irrelevant they may be the right-wing collective finds something to rejoice about them. And there is  never-ending prattle that can bring a partisan crowd to its feet in celebration of the most inane talking points ever developed by people who avoid at all costs anything substantive in the way of policy or even well-reasoned opinion.

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