Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Good to treat enemies as humans

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for July 25, 2018)

The political left, and much of the political right, keeps putting me in an uncomfortable position where I almost feel the need to defend President Trump. Almost.

It's not a position I enjoy.

I see no legitimacy in the office of president, nor in any other political office for that matter. I don't care about Donald Trump one way or the other; he's irrelevant to my day-to-day life. But the way the political left overreacts to everything he does goes beyond criticism into delusional territory. Pointing this out is seen as "defending" him. It's really the rest...

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  1. re this: "How could any sane person object to the people in charge of a couple of governments deciding to shake hands and put off threatening to annihilate each other’s subjects and territories for a while?"

    My fiancee was trying to tell me how evil and suspicious this was, cause Trump.

    I said, "What's wrong with diplomacy? Seems like respectfully talking with people who can launch nukes beats silence."

    She said, "There was nobody else in the room but translators?"

    I said, "Would you have a problem if Obama had talked with Putin with just translators in the room?"

    "He wouldn't!"

    "I could google it, but if he had, would you have condemned Obama?"

    A long explanation of how that would be different, cause Obama.

    "Sounds like your logical fallacy here is special pleading. How about if Nixon or FDR had talked with foreign leaders one on one, such as occurred at Yalta?"

    Then we agreed to stop talking about politics for a while.

    1. Interesting how Trump being involved can cause rationality to die in those consumed with TDS.

    2. fiance ? run away.
      you're gonna need to have substances discussions with a partner.
      and that person is gonna raise/program your children's behavior.

      free advice: find a nice libertarian girl.