Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Wisdom of McCain

By Capt. Fogg

I guess John McCain has said so many things that it's hard to know just where and when he supported the administration's actions and when he was in maverick mode.

The Institute of Expertology remembers. It's a storehouse of wise sayings and predictions of gurus. pundits, wizards and prognosticators. Where else can we see just how good these people are at providing plans for the future. Have a look at McCain's Nostradamus-like insight into the future and ask yourself, would an educated and highly intelligent man be a better choice even if you don't want to drink beer with him down at the VFW hall?

Cross posted from Human Voices

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Blogger Swampcracker said...

How the Senator Won the War of Words in Iraq (again and again and again…)

c.f. my second comment under "Stupid Liberals."

Indeed, we gotta do better to counteract this stuff.

11:15:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

It may not be as easy to counter it as it is for them to promote it.

If nobody important said it before, I'll claim it now: Stupid people prefer stupid arguments.

3:14:00 PM  
Blogger Swampcracker said...

If nobody important said it before, I'll claim it now: Stupid people prefer stupid arguments.

Recently, I had a discussion with a friend on the subject of global warming, and the same theme keeps coming up: Why aren’t we making more headway with voters? Those of us on the left are all too quick to dismiss segments of our population as “stupid” without taking into consideration the possibility that our own approach and communication skills may be lacking. This is what my friend at Bouphonia had to say:

I get very tired of people on my side of the debate who think everything boils down to reiterating "facts," or screaming about the scientific method. I've argued elsewhere that this simply doesn't work ... or at least, not well enough. People on the left drastically overvalue intelligence and knowledge (while overestimating their own, usually). And not surprisingly, they're often resented for it.

The comment thread is too long to repeat here, but please have a look at the discussion under the heading, Testing and Retesting. My point: There is room to improve our message without engaging in scorn for others. Indeed, we can do better, and sometimes our political failures are our own fault.

9:22:00 AM  

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