I'd like to highlight two contrasting points of view that come with two different types of discourse about "govt. stupidity". On the one hand, it's the "provoking blowback" line of Ron Paul, and on the other hand the "giving in to Islam, by surrendering free speech" perspective by the likes of Robert Spencer.
There's something with the underlying handwringing about govt. stupidity, from either perspective, that bothers me. I can't shake the feeling that it reinforces the idea about govt acting sensibly, or, at any rate, with the concern of ordinary citizens at heart.
But why perpetuate this myth that if govt policies are testimony to a blatant disregard of our best interests, it must be out of stupidity, historical short-sightedness or just plain old cowardice?
My reply to the handwringing:
RP pov: Maybe the ones currently in power aren't that stupid, i.e. Arab Spring(TM) "blowback" might just be exactly what they seek.
RS pov: Maybe the bigger picture is that our political overlords actively seek to surrender (our) freedom of expression.
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character fires the local county commissioner's nephew or whatever for allowing the slot machines he was in charge of to keep losing to the customers. DeNiro's character keeps telling the guy he's stupid and then says something like "Either you're too stupid for not making sure the machines work in the casino's favor or you're purposely letting your friends cash in on the machines & you're too stupid to keep it from being so obvious - either way, you're fired."
I have always inferred on my own that Ron Paul is referring to the latter of those two examples of stupidity when it comes to the government.
Thanks for posting Steve.
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How can this NOT make sense to anyone with a brain??? We will reap what we have sown..get ready for a whole lot more of our troops getting murdered, because thats the seeds we have sown. So it is written so shall it be done.:O(
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So wonderful to hear the good doctor's analysis and get the truth!
Thoroughly "confused" Hillary C & Obm should listen to the wise Doc immediately. . . to save us from MORE unintended BAD consequences.
Thanks for giving credit to "minnesotachris" as well. He's been uploading these things for a long time and has never been recognized by the person who usually posts these.
I'm sure it will be frontpaged soon.
Thank you legalizeliberty
Submitted by Minnesota Chris on Mon, 05/21/2012 - 14:16.
Thank you legalizeliberty for continuing to post these on DailyPaul and spreading the news about them. I've made it part of my Sunday routine to record Dr. Paul's Texas Straight Talks and put them on YouTube, but due to other commitments don't have time to publicize them. I hope you are able to keep doing just that!
I don't see anyone attacking you here. All I see is mention of the person who usually posts the video never giving proper citation. That is not an attack, its a fact.
Over the years I helped his vids go viral using Twitter my own website etc.
Every comment from Jefferson directed at me is an attack in one way or another and this has been now going on for several years.
Michael Nystrom told him many times to stop and nothing happens except sometimes Jefferson sends me an email with an apology (but only after MN warns him)...
I'm sick and tired of this.
Bull! there is no attack there and no excuse for not citing your source. Not citing your source is just bad journalism. They'd flunk you in college for that. If you're tired of having your omissions pointed out, then correct it. The solution is to correct the problem not whining to Nystrom.
Nobody including Michael Nystrom have ever cited a source when posting Paul's 'Straight Talk' videos here!
Do you get it?
We are talking dozens of different folks who were posting over the last 5 years.
"We are talking dozens of different folks who were posting over the last 5 years."
Shut up already you with your overblown sick ego that missed the front page and didn't get your strokes. You are the whiniest little wheel on this website.
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So because others don't cite their work that means you don't have to either? That's a crap excuse. You are the one upset because he called you out for not citing your source, and instead of owning up to it and determining to do better next time, you excuse yourself by saying no one does? Geez . . . how about you get a little integrity and vow to do better next time? Take some responsibility for your actions rather than point fingers. Don't you get it?
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