Conspiracies are for the weak minded. They are a lazy substitute for reasoned, rational thought.
Itâ€™s disturbing how calling "conspiracy" has become the shorthand version of sticking your fingers in your ears and repeating "I'm not listening to you." over and over.
Calling "conspiracy" today is a way of trashing your opponent and relegating whatever they're questioning to the garbage, no matter the validity. This is ridiculous, because in the course of reasoned, rational thought, it's often necessary to ask such seemingly odd or conspiratorial sounding questions. It forces you to think in different ways and reach conclusions you might not have thought of otherwise.
Calling conspiracy is a cop-out. It essentially ends debate during the exploratory reasoning process. Sometimes there is a conspiracy.
The Tuskegee Experiment was a conspiracy theory, until it was proved true.
The CIA trafficking cocaine was a conspiracy theory, until it was proved true.
Extraordinary Rendition was a conspiracy theory, until it was proved true.
The US Overthrowing Democratically Elected Governments is a conspiracy that's been proved time and time again.
George W. Bush attempting to incite a Palestinian civil war was a conspiracy theory until it was proved true.
US funding terrorists in Iraq so they won't blow us up was a conspiracy until it was proved true.
The temptation to shut people down by calling "Conspiracy!" is great. It's a fast and painless way to embarrass your opponent and dismiss what they're saying. Sometimes instant dismissal is valid, sometimes it's not. It would seem to me though that reasoned, rational thought requires exploring all lines of questioning, even those easily dismissed at first.Comment Posted By tHePeOPle On 21.03.2008 @ 13:31
*But he could have issued a clarion call for Blacks to abandon the religion of victimhood from which so many of their problems emanate and embrace the religion of progress and opportunity.
You're like black people's white football coach telling them they just didn't want it bad enough after an 0-16 season.Comment Posted By tHePeOPle On 20.03.2008 @ 01:21
*"I doubt whether too many ordinary Americans have heard their pastors or priests spew that kind of hate from the pulpit of a church."*Comment Posted By tHePeOPle On 18.03.2008 @ 23:30
Welcome to America, you must be new here.
What!? No Wall Street office!? No home in the Hamptons!? Well, there goes all your street cred right out the window.Comment Posted By tHePeOPle On 18.03.2008 @ 22:51
What is the reason for the 90% cap? Do you know why it isn't lower? It seems to promote financial mischief almost by design.Comment Posted By tHePeOPle On 18.03.2008 @ 12:38
I don't think true capitalism was even capable of existing after the Federal Reserve Act. Corporate welfare, capitalism's backup plan!Comment Posted By tHePeOPle On 17.03.2008 @ 16:36
Bush doesn't think he screwed up. Why doesn't he think he screwed up? Obviously it was intentional. Chaos was the plan. He doesn't care about his low approval ratings because he thinks history will vindicate him. He's looking at eternity, not the immediate. He thinks that the middle class is too dumb to comprehend what it is the administration is trying to do. Bremer didn't get the presidential medal of freedom for nothing.
There was a reason they de-baathified. There was a reason they didnt plan for the occupation. There was a reason they disbanded the Iraqi military. These things are too big to have been oversights. They wanted chaos. As much as I dislike the administration, I refuse to believe that they were so colossally stupid that they overlooked all of this. There is a greater goal here.Comment Posted By tHePeOPle On 17.03.2008 @ 13:27
The United States spent two full years preparing for the occupation of Berlin during wwII. The same United States spent less than 60 days preparing for the occupation of Baghdad. It's not that hard to grasp that this was intentional.
I agree. Bush WANTED to screw up. He enjoys those 30% approval ratings and failure in Iraq. What better way to be thought of as the worst president in history than not planning the post war environment?
ed.Comment Posted By tHePeOPle On 17.03.2008 @ 09:54
Actually, it's fairly easy to predict how history will view the war if you actually understand the reason for the war in the first place.
Right. For your next trick, I'm sure you can pick a stock or two that will go up by next week.
ed.Comment Posted By tHePeOPle On 17.03.2008 @ 00:47
It doesn't matter if Obama loves America. In my experience, those who claim to love America don't really understand what America does to stay on top.
I have no sense of nationalism for America, but there is no other place on earth I'd rather be either. Just because I understand the wake of destruction it takes to stay on top, doesn't mean I'm proud of it. It also doesn't mean I wouldn't do the same things, were I in charge.
Maybe if Obama doesn't love America enough, he'll attempt to mold America into a country that he does love. I would imagine that scares the crap outta the right, but it might just scare the crap outta he left as well.Comment Posted By tHePeOPle On 14.03.2008 @ 23:56