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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Aquabuddha Strikes Again

I don't know what to make of Rand Paul.

Some of the more gullible like to note his strong positions against NSA spying.  OK, he's right.  But you can't ignore the totality of the man's positions, many of which are deeply retrograde.

But he's a Republican, so paleolithic positions on abortions or civil rights are to be expected.

No, I'm talking about Paul the person.

This new allegation of stealing other people's work suggests an intellectual laziness that would not be out of place in a high school senior who has just signed his letter of intent to commit to the Alabama football program.  He still has to "do the work" but he's not really invested in doing the work.  So a little cutting, a little pasting and voila!  You have your term paper lawsuit.

Maybe it's just the extreme polarization speaking, but it really is harder and harder to understand the basic motivations of the arch conservatives that make up our Congress.  Not Boehner or McConnell, I "get" them.  They play power politics as cynically as anyone else.

But what's weird is that the true believers don't seem to understand what they believe.

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