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05 February 2010

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Russ

George,

Great introduction! Will KVMR have mp3 files of your commentary? Do they post commentaries on the KVMR webs site? It would be interesting to have a graphic component to your commentary. Looking forward to the next segment.

RL Crabb

Congrats, George, to you and to KVMR for providing some balance to our ongoing national debate. As readers of my cartoon misadventures in The Union know, I am skeptical of ideologies, be they on the left or the right. Both sides have legitimate gripes, and both sides have some pretty idiotic solutions to the challenges we all face. The last twenty years has been an exercise in schizophrenia, as we careen from one ideology to the other in the election process. Scoring political points seems to carry more weight than working together to avoid catastrophe.

I sincerely hope your new soapbox will concentrate on real issues and not degenerate into Limbaugh-like diatribes. There's enough of that already.

Russ

George,

I looked on the KVMR web site for any links or promotion of your commentary and could not fined you in the schedule anywhere. If you are going to be a regular, they should add you to the list of volunteer personalities with a picture and a broadcast time. Since you are going to the effort, KVMR should make some effort to promote your presentation and at least put your commentary in the schedule so we can all listen.

Anna Haynes

How did you set this up, George? (Did you take the "volunteer broadcaster" class, or are there other avenues for getting air time?)

Mikey McD

One's ideology sums up his values/character. Most Americans are happy to ignore the chore of building their ideology (such a task gets in the way of American Idol and Judge Judy). In addition, those without ideology might be served well by the following advice: "stand for something or you will fall for anything."

George Rebane

Those are good words to remember Mikey, thanks.

RL Crabb

If the Founding Fathers stuck to an ideology set in stone, we'd still be speaking English.
It took a lot of diverse views to build a nation, and it will require give and take from both sides to keep it afloat. Even Reagan knew that. So there.

George Rebane

I don't think that anyone has yet appended "set in stone" Bob. But I can cite a passel of tenets from the Founders that are to me as good today as when they framed them.

RL Crabb

I'm just saying Republicans shouldn't fall into the same trap the Dems have. The most important thing the Founders did was set up a system that made it difficult for one side or the other to hold all the power for very long. If Pelosi wasn't so stuck in liberal partisan politics, something might have accomplished last year. It's a diverse country. It's not "your" flag. It's not "my" flag. It's OUR flag. It's the mix that keeps it vibrant and alive. Rupert Murdoch gave us Fox News and The Simpsons. Now that's America.

Mikey McD

Only a fool would set his/her ideology in stone. However, walking through life without "a structured, well-formed, consistent, and fairly complete set of beliefs or tenets" would be sad to say the least. I could argue that 'every' decision should be based on one's ideology. What to eat? Where to shop? How to react to disappoinment? Where to get your news? What time to wake up in the morning? etc etc....

George Rebane

Agreed Bob.

Mikey, your definition of 'ideology' is more encompassing than the one I used in the post and one that conforms more to common usage. If we can call the sum total of a person's belief tenets his belief system or simply 'credo', then ideology is that subset of the credo which contains the tenets having to do with the person's socio-political reality. Else ideology and credo would be identical, and we would have to invent a new label for the socio-political subset of tenets in order to talk about how the person's view of beneficial society is informed.

RL Crabb


I see that Obama is going to have a CSpan moment with Repubs and Dems on Health care. Too bad he didn't do it a year ago. Will the politicians make the hard choices, or will they only do what they need to do to get elected or reelected? There are no easy answers, and voters of all stripes will have to swallow some bitter pills. After all, we put the rascals in charge.

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