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Archive for June 13th, 2008

Sleeping with the enemy?

Posted by sanityinjection on June 13, 2008

A good piece in the International Tribune on the logistics of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his almost-as-famous wife, Maria Shriver, vocally and vigorously supporting opposing candidates in the Presidential election:

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/06/13/america/13split.php

It’s a drama that is recreated in miniature at many an American dinner table. It’s also a good reminder of something we seem to have forgotten over the past decade or so in America: It’s OK to disagree sometimes. Just because someone doesn’t share your views doesn’t make them a bad person. We ought to be able to advocate for our own point of view while still being considerate of those who don’t agree, especially when they are our friends and relatives.

Had someone suggested to me twenty years ago that I would one day recommend Schwarzenegger, the overly muscled action star, as a role model, I would have snorted with derision. But in fact, Schwarzenegger embodies a lot of examples that young people could beneficially look to, not least of which is the idea that part of being successful is the ability to change and continue to learn as we grow older. He’s come a long way, baby.

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Are we better off than we were eight years ago?

Posted by sanityinjection on June 13, 2008

Gregg Easterbrook says yes in the WSJ, and reminds Democrats (on domestic issues) and Republicans (on foreign policy) that the American sky of 2008 is not, in fact, falling. Easterbrook is a good writer, but the cartoon of the donkey with the raincloud over its head alone is worth a look:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121331500809069989.html?mod=opinion_main_commentaries

 

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