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Two sides of the same coin

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Submitted by Sheerahkahn (United States), Nov 26, 2007 at 18:59

...I find the premise of the book to be...interesting...perhaps bold, but truth and boldness are not the same thing. neither is interesting and truth. Watching the two main political ideologues yell at each other over this long period of time, I think there are layers of motivations within the two camps, and as you peel away these layers you will find that the two groups, liberals and.../ahem...the "new conservatives" are really two sides of the same coin. Both want a strong unified government, both want a dedicated/fawning electorate, and the one thing that both want is a dependent electorate on their "wise governance."

To put as fine a point on the topic as possible, it is evident with the way the current policies of both parties having evolved from the halcyon days of "Camelot's" call for "ask not what you're country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" is that both parties feel that the only true way to govern is to govern with as much power as one can grab.

Hence, why our Congress is little more than a lickspittle to the wishes of the White House, and the Justice bench little more than a rubber stamp to the party bosses. And I think it's high time all of us come to grips with the simple, basic fact that we are no longer a Republic, we are an Empire...granted, a failed Empire due to our distaste for going Roman on our enemies, but that does not change our evolving political structure.

We are an Empire, and as an Empire our government will become more and more...absolutist in it's structure, regardless of political philosophy/label/affiliation because no one has rejected the underlying motivational premise that both our current political parties have embraced: To lead, one must rule, and to rule one must rule absolutely, and to rule absolutely, one must bend the will of those to be ruled to their own.

The problems of the United States political system does not stem from the end result of a bullet hitting a President in the 60's. The problem comes when people want something bad enough to do anything for it...some people are attracted to money, some attracted to fame, but there are some who are attracted to power...raw, untamed power, and nothing goes to the head faster than attaining the office of the President...and now imagine being the man, or woman sitting in that seat...of course, no man ever got to that seat by himself...And like Rome, there are always the patron's who need to be placated.

The premise is interesting, but then so is Lord of the Rings.


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grove [62 words]stacyMar 21, 2010 23:47170491
Owsald [93 words]BertEDec 19, 2009 10:27166012
he killed him for money case closed (revised) [305 words]adel elkabanySep 17, 2008 08:02138725
1Not just JFK, but also MLK and Bobby K. [267 words]DrRJPDec 18, 2007 13:24116467
Idealism Is The Psychosis of Morons [81 words]WinghunterSep 20, 2009 14:44116467
Oh Good Grief [99 words]JonDec 14, 2007 12:28116164
Another post Kennedy assassinations observation [548 words]HomefrontDec 13, 2007 07:42116103
1Oswald was a member of the pilgrim left [239 words]Peter HerzDec 7, 2007 09:14115871
1Oswald Killed Kennedy? [10 words]ploniDec 5, 2007 11:30115763
Two sides of the same coin [442 words]SheerahkahnNov 26, 2007 18:59114981
why did Oswald kill Kennedy [68 words]Robert L. FreedmanNov 26, 2007 12:47114946
Why Oswald killed Kennedy [109 words]Peter KauffnerDec 2, 2007 10:41114946
Ignoring The Obvious [310 words]Seamus MacNemiNov 25, 2007 18:42114810
Vietnam not Oswald [171 words]Lars NielsenNov 25, 2007 12:23114779
1Death of President Kennedy Emblematic of Those Times-But Points to Greater Tragic Legacy [936 words]M. ToveyNov 26, 2007 15:09114779
Vietnam Just Fuel, Not Fire [488 words]Michael USA, Viet VetDec 5, 2007 21:34114779
Reply to Michael USA [233 words]Lars NielsenDec 21, 2007 06:03114779
Nature vs. Nurture and a desire for votes [369 words]jennifer solisNov 23, 2007 23:10114548
The Book's Premise is Wrong - the Left has always been anti-American [619 words]Steve RogersNov 23, 2007 17:26114508
The Legacy of Abraham Zapruder & Creation of Suicidal Liberalism [527 words]James Burke,( Canada), CPA (Illinois),Nov 23, 2007 08:46114456
Disagree With "Oswald's Malign Legacy Hypothesis" [155 words]Peter StevensNov 22, 2007 23:13114422
Also Explains the Mechanism of Denial: "Sixteen Other Assassins..." [94 words]KarridineNov 22, 2007 19:41114414
The Dead Kennedy's and Liberal regression [212 words]Luta RD BelcherNov 22, 2007 15:04114383
Oswald's Malign Legacy [113 words]Tom QuiganNov 22, 2007 14:09114380
tunnel vision [116 words]David W. LincolnNov 22, 2007 10:43114369
Oswald's malign legacy? [270 words]Leon Van DykeNov 22, 2007 09:02114359
"Liberal" today means illiberal [195 words]Ian CampbellNov 22, 2007 07:30114355
This is line of reasoning is certainly thought provoking [652 words]Ken BesigNov 22, 2007 04:26114345
With my own eyes [304 words]zari namdarNov 22, 2007 04:14114344
An interesting perspective [130 words]jennifer solisNov 23, 2007 23:50114344
I'll Sign On With That [18 words]Seamus MacNemiNov 26, 2007 07:10114344
He's a She [33 words]jennifer solisNov 26, 2007 20:29114344
Nexus not in Kennedy Assasination [353 words]Stan KreisNov 22, 2007 01:43114333
Oswald [108 words]Gunther H. SchiffNov 21, 2007 23:54114319
US Treasury notes [167 words]meaNov 21, 2007 22:47114306
The Men Who Knew Too Much [268 words]Rebecca MouldsNov 21, 2007 22:38114305
Liberals are cultural marxists [61 words]RodgerNov 21, 2007 22:31114304
Lee Harvey Oswald [132 words]Dannel R. BallesterosNov 21, 2007 21:45114299
simplistic [306 words]John W. McGinleyNov 21, 2007 21:10114295
National Self-Hatred [186 words]Paul EidelbergNov 21, 2007 20:53114288
A clear, concise and very true article... [475 words]AyashaNov 21, 2007 20:23114285
Liberal Drivel and Capitalist Clap Trap [200 words]Seamus MacNemiNov 25, 2007 20:38114285

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