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  • Wisdom from the archives

       October 07, 2010

    This blog as been around for over six years now, and sometimes I like to take a little trip through the archives. It's interesting and sometimes even embarrassing to read what we wrote back in the day.

    Yesterday, I found this old post that highlighted some lesser known Ronald Reagan quotes. This is the one that's sticking with me now:

    "I left the Democrat Party, and...I don't believe we changed. We still support the same beliefs we always held, but the party leadership set off on an entirely different course."

    Substitute the word "Democrat" with "Republican" and that's pretty much how I feel now.

    Along those same lines I found old quote:

    "A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying...that he is wiser today than he was yesterday." --Alexander Pope

    I look back at things I wrote years ago and I think I was naive, or arrogant or just plain stupid sometimes. I don't like being wrong, but I don't mind owning my wrongheadedness.

    I wonder if that would work for a politician now. If you admit you were wrong your opponents and the media will jump all over it. It's the whole "Gotcha!" political thing that I just hate so much. On the other hand, I think the American people generally respond really well to the words "I was wrong." or "I made a mistake." If I was a doomed incumbent politician, I might throw myself on my sword and see if it worked.

    Of course, I would actually mean it. Maybe the problem isn't that some people won't admit that they're wrong, but rather that they don't think that they're wrong.

    Posted by kris at October 7, 2010 09:46 PM

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    #  October 8th, 2010 7:52 PM      themandownthehall
    yep. Me too. I haven't changed much but I can't support a lot of either party. Both want a lot of gov't control. One just wants it over your money and the other over your private lives. Case in point the sex-toy ban the republicans enacted in Alabama. Are you f'ing kidding me? Sad. Deficits rising, crime rising, stuff falling apart but hey they got their ban... Ugh.  



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