Let us ponder some Philosophy from the Great Jedi Knight, Yoda:
"Remember, a Jedi's strength flows from the Force. But beware. Anger, fear, aggression. The dark side are they. Once you start
down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny..."
Do you know how I became a Republican?
It's what the subtitle above hints at. During the formative years of my life, I grew up in New York City, a bastion of Liberal Democratic thinking (with a touch of pragmatism from a City Council that did not want to lose Wall Street to other states even during the worst of times.) and within that thinking was Nixon = Devil.
Let me repeat, because you can substitute Palin, Cheney, Bush (Pere and fils) and now, Romney:
Basically, if this guy was so bad and Evil, I should research him and find out how that happened. I chanced upon Stephen Ambrose's Nixon (all three volumes) and learned "The Nixon Mistake," the Democrats had employed.
This was in the Summer of 1992.
President Nixon was a man, a human being, very flawed, and possibly cheated from victory in 1960. Then came the crazy times of 1968 with riots and assassinations and (a still) Kennedy loving Press working against him.
He wasn't the devil. Nixon was a man, with flaws.
As long as Democrats continue to employ INGSOC tactics such as needing an American Emmanuel Goldstein, they will continue to ignore human nature.
The reason why the original Star Wars Trilogy was awesome to the nth power was because, not only were you dealing with Politics and mysticism, Droids and spaceships, but (a young!) George Lucas understood Human nature.
During Luke's training, he sees a vision of his friends in trouble at Cloud City. Yoda (and Obi-Wan Kenobi) consul him not to go -- what does Luke do?
He does the opposite of what his mentors say to do.
How does this play in the real world of Politics?
The core of an intelligent human is the idea of curiosity and learning (not just school learning) -- if there are people saying "Don't read X!" or "Don't listen to Y!" or "Don't watch Z!" in the end, people will watch, listen and read what is forbidden.
Heck, one needs only read the story of Adam and Eve on how forbidding human nature did not work.
Romney, for all his faults, is another moderate Republican. Just like Senator McCain.
One does not run Massachussets being a Social Conservative (or win in Los Angeles either with the same notes).
As long as Democratic partisans make the "Nixon Mistake," of denying Human nature, Republicans will win.
As long as Democratic partisans Hate against Republican activists and Electeds, the independents will investigate what is being told is a "forbidden fruit,"
So I say, you want to join the Rebel Forces? Sign up to be a Republican.
My question: Why do Democrats never listen to Yoda?