22 May 2006
Rationality, wherefor art thou...
Ahh, the silly season. It seems that commencement inspires all sorts of outbursts of insanity. From the burgeoning brilliance of spring across the land to the return to the stage of the unbridled and unhinged. A recent WSJ OpEd lamented the behavior and irrationality of the left. Another event occurred at the University of Missouri also went awry, but from the speaker's podium rather than the audience.
Don't get me wrong, people are entitled to their opinion, but I strongly believe in the proper time and place. You don't tell Aunt Edna at the Thanksgiving table that her moustache grosses you out. And you don't engage in histrionics (from the audience or the podium) at an event which is specifically designed for non-political speech, such as a graduation. As a good speaker, I would tailor my remarks to my audience. This is not to suggest folks should compromiuse their beliefs, it is simple courtesy.
Which brings me to another topic. The continuing mantra of one side of the political spectrum accusing the present administration of "lying" to bring us into war. First of all, those who pose that tenet automatically disqualify themselves from a rational discussion. They are no better than the conspriacy kooks who claim that the Pentagon was not hit by a jetliner on September 11. You may argue about our foreign policy, are we being aggressive enough with the Iraqis - is our stance in Afghanistan helping or hindering - do we need to act against Iran. You may have a rousing historical discussion about intel prior to the Iraq War or the state of Europe's effectiveness or the United Nation's level of corruption, but this is history and will not be changed by harping on woulda-coulda-shoulda. Additionally, unless some unknown facts are revealed, we know about 80% of the whys and wherefores about that period. Another 10% is sitting in classified files, but that data (and here I feel relatively confident in saying) does not substantively change the events as they have occurred.
Personally, I wish the world was a more peaceful place. I wish we had solved our dependence on fossil fuels and had colonies in space and on the moon. Alas, economics and politics conspire to seek the path of least resistance. Human nature, you know. Until the left side of the political debate begins to craft their vision and set aside their bitter fantasies, they will continue to be looked at as little more than a fringe element.
And for that reason, they will fail to regain the House and Senate and struggle to find a capable candidate in 2008.