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Contradictions out there

11 Aug 2009, 08:04 UTC
Contradictions out there
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It’s no surprise that politics make people say contradictory things in the same breath, but it feels like the cognitive dissonance is reaching epidemic levels these days. Or maybe I’m just suffering Golden Age syndrome. Here are some recent weird stuff said by people that gave me pause:

Torture is illegal. We will not prosecute any high-level official from previous administration (who sanctioned torture).

I hate socialized medicine. Leave my (government-run, socialized) Medicare alone.

I don’t want no bureaucrat determining my healthcare. Leave the current system (where bureaucrats determine my healthcare) alone.

The healthcare bill encourages living wills (through an amendment proposed by a Republican, where I could easily say to not disconnect the machines until I’m really, really dead), so it is a secret plot by Democrats to kill old people.

We should not encourage development of alternative energy because people want cheap energy. Remember the pain of $4 per gallon (non-alternative, carbon-emitting) oil?

Socialism is bad for quality food production. Monsanto (a huge agricultural corporation) is an example of such socialism.

I made a huge mistake. But I should be forgiven and not resign, since God (who turns people into salt pillars for taking a peek, ...

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