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The era of intended
adverse consequences

Aspen Times (CO), by Melanie Sturm

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Posted By:AVFD15, 7/17/2014 8:57:16 AM

“Too often … we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought,” President Kennedy famously asserted before Yale’s class of 1962. Denouncing political debates that “bear little or no relation to the actual problems the United States faces,” Kennedy urged policymakers to Think Again before engaging in “false dialogues” that “distract our attention and divide our efforts.” He believed “the very future of freedom depends upon the sensible and clearheaded management of the domestic affairs of the United States” and a “vigorous economy” — quaint concerns 52 years hence. Because today’s political discourse is so dishonest and domestic affairs so muddled

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"...... we’re living in an era of manufactured social strife. Creating policy impasses, politicians pick unnecessary fights over our constitutional system’s commitment to individual liberty and the rule of law, transforming dissenters into black-hearted villains with sinister agendas.....Like the Hobby Lobby case, the escalating humanitarian crisis on the Southern border would have been avoidable if the government had merely followed the law. After all, what distinguishes America is our healthy respect for the law. "

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 7/17/2014 10:15:43 AM     (No. 9928586)

Excellent article.

The essential exhortation is "to think" and to think this was said by a Democrat! Almost no Dems would agree today; Kennedy would be shunned, ignored, silenced.

The American people are assaulted with never-ending images IN ORDER TO invoke emotional responses, NOT thought. This is why we see pictures of sweet little children on the border, and only the torso down of the older "kids".

And these are is the same Dem/Leftist tactics used with regard to Hobby Lobby and so many other situations thrust upon us by a regime intent on utterly corrupting our Republic. It the Bolshevik lexicon, this is "agitation and propaganda."

Some people will be roused from their sleepy amusements... the Dem/Lefties count on them slipping back into apathy and self-indulgence because they always do.

Maybe "self-interest rightly understood" will alarm more people into permanent wakefulness and THOUGHTfulness.

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