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Funny. Nice one.
I guess you don’t. You’re a lucky person. Many do.
Susan; I know we have the same views on Calvin’s father. To me he’s a selfish, sarcastic, resentful person who probably feels he was tricked or coerced into having a child by Calvin’s mother and wishes he didn’t have one. I think he hates every moment he’s forced to play with Calvin. I think that people who don’t see this, who think all fathers are loving and caring are probably in denial.
To me, the salient and relevant point is that neither men nor women are nearly as intelligent as we need to be to make this endeavor called Planet Earth work properly. Of the now 7 billion inhabitants, how many would you estimate are living the life you would like to live? We are destroying the planet itself, there is still a great deal of economic injustice, and many people still blindly follow the superstitions and silly myths of those who lived thousands of years ago. It’s my opinion that we all need to get a lot more intelligent, learn to think more critically, and question our “normals” and quickly, or we may find ourselves, in this country at least, with a leader who believes his and his wife’s underwear wards of evil spirits. Trudeau’s underlying theme to this strip is: “we can do better.”
I think it’s kind of rough to have democracy when so much of the population has been trained and indoctrinated from early age not to ever think critically or to be skeptical or to reason logically. A nation of sheep will be consumed by wolves and that’s what we’re seeing in my opinion. In a sane, rational country a person running for the highest office who believes his underwear wards off evil would be laughed off the stage. A man who represents the ruling class and is running to enrich the very rich even further would have no chance in a country of mostly working people. What do you think? Do you think MItt has any real notion of what working people experience? Do you think he can relate? Empathize? Care?
Perhaps Cheyney wouldn’t have needed a new heart if he’d had Magic Underwear! Magic Underwear America!!!!; you’re even considering electing a President who believes his underwear wards off evil.
He’s got something Obama doesn’t have; magic underwear! Magic underwear! Magic underwear! My heart weeps for our country as we descend into madness.
That’s a very funny, witty, and creative comment, as good a laff as the strip itself. Nice one!
Cal; Is there anything that anyone could say to change your view on this, or is your mind made up, don’t confuse you with facts?
Several points you made: 1. I do think that Colbert and Stewart represent to a large degree the thinking of those who would describe themselves as liberals, yes. 2. As a taxpayer and an investor I would like to see my money used to uplift people in a permanent way and I don’t think giving money to people, welfare, is a good idea, nor has it worked, except as a stopgap to having people starving to death in the gutters. As I said originally, the people who come into our free clinic are hard working people who are only capable of making $7-10 an hour, not much of a living wage. Making decent health care available to them: is this something you’re in favor of, or do feel they should just go without? At our clinic it still takes a pretty long time to see a doctor and a year to see a dentist. How would that work for you personally? As to teaching these folks to fish, I don’t know if you can extend that metaphor as far as it needs to go to adequately describe their plight. I don’t see that these people have the requisite sense of self-esteem or confidence to be able to aspire to more. So much of our early childhood experiences shapes who we become and if, for example, a child is told that he/she is stupid, worthless, and will never amount to anything or is made to feel that way, it’s difficult for those people to achieve much as adults. I was one of those and only through the sheerest stroke of good fortune in that I found a friend who told me I was inteligent and could aspire to more was I able to turn things around, and I still struggled with my sense of self for many years. If that hadn’t happened I might be one of the patients in the clinic instead of a volunteer. In my opinion, the one element of human personality that makes us the most fully human we can be is the quality of empathy. When we can feel what others are feeling we don’t need moral codes or laws because to hurt another is to feel that pain; so we try to live by the golden rule as much as possible. This doesn’t mean that we are going to give everything we have to others, but we can give a lot, a helping hand, a road map to a better way to live. I find the Republican party to be lacking in empathy and any feeling for working people or poor people, yes. I think they represent the ideal that the rich deserve to get as rich as they can, any way they can and everyone else deserves whatever they get, yes. I’m not particularly happy with the Democrats either, in fact I tend to feel that all politicians are pretty pathological but there is more empathy on that side of things so I tend to vote that way, even though I wish I had better choices. As for your last point; if you google “lack of health care deaths” there are 139,000,000 entries. Perhaps you disbelieve all of them, I have no way to prove or disprove any of it, but what I see in the clinic is sad enough and in my opinion, unworthy of what America is supposed to be. I think we can do better than all the many millions of people without health care.