15 Replies to “Theory of Relativity”

  1. Heh. None of the above…?

    If forced to pick however, I’d have to go with Bill-O. At least the guy isn’t a raving lunatic. (Most of the time.)

  2. Beck does compare himself to Howard Beale from the movie Network. Beale gets shot to death on live TV in the end (because of poor ratings noless). One can only hope that Fox has a similar cancellation plan in the future.

  3. Something about “Common Sense” I believe.

    Wingnuts ruin everything. Family values, conservatism, common sense, you name it.

    I wonder if the poor rubes in their audiences ever think about the millions of dollars these two charlatans earn in a year?

  4. As a great admirer of Tom Paine for all sorts of reasons, it pisses me off no end that Beck has co-opted his Common Sense pamphlet (I believe a reprint of the text actually comprises half of his new book) for his own opportunistic purposes. I can’t begin to express how annoyed that makes me.

    They do indeed “ruin everything” they lay their hands on…

  5. If Thomas Paine had lived during this era, he would have committed suicide at a young age.

    Common sense is something wingnuts can’t grasp at all because it’s dependent on public knowledge, widespread consensus, etc. Wingnuts think their own judgements, unexamined, constitute common sense.

    Admittedly, a lot of intellectuals make the same mistake.

  6. I have little doubt that the intellectual founders of America would be appalled at the grotesque monstrosity that’s evolved from their noble ideals.

  7. I could post more thoughtful discussions from the Hoover Institution, AEI, Heritage Foundation, etc., (some of which are very provocative), but I doubt they’d be of much interest to anyone outside a small handful of people. And, the sad fact of the matter is that they’re not the “opinion leaders” of the conservative movement these days. That role seems to have devolved to hysterical nutjobs like Beck and the other “shrieking midgets” of AM radio and 24/7 cable news.

  8. I could post more thoughtful discussions from the Hoover Institution, AEI, Heritage Foundation, etc., (some of which are very provocative), but I doubt they’d be of much interest to anyone outside a small handful of people.

    Even in these instances, what comes out of these institutions quite often has an air of that type of thinking (decidedly male) that is all too happy to gloss over the World as it is to support a World as it ought to be. The kind of critical thinking that ends yielding solutions such as:

    …Unemployment would go down if all those people just got jobs;
    …STD’s, teen pregnancies and abortions would be reduced if people just stopped having irresponsible sex;
    …Democracy would be improved if we just started voting for better people, etc. etc.

    Basically, a lot of talk about going from a to c without ever mentioning b.

    I’m probably being unfair, but I don’t care anymore. The intellectually and morally bankrupt David Frum’s associated with AEI and that’s enough to discredit it.

  9. Granted, but at least we could have the discussion and argue over particulars of the case being made. That however isn’t where the mindset of “conservatives” is these days. Or “liberals” for that matter. They’re more concerned about sex/sex/sex and other issues of no significant relevance whatsoever.

    Maybe this is what happens when the economy is in the tank and everyone in power is bereft of ideas…

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