PartisanX

Because the Democrats don't have the balls
and the Republicans don't have the brains.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Extra Extra, Read All About the Obvious*!!!

I was going over some headlines on news.google.com and came across this gem from forbes:
"Politicians Cast Opponents As Villains"
as of now this is the link to the story:
http://www.forbes.com/entrepreneurs/feeds/ap/2006/09/14/ap3017849.html

Tune into Forbes tomorrow for a very special news report:
"Politicians Lie to Get Elected"
It's shocking!

Thanks for reading.
PartisanX

*Obvious - easily perceived or understood.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Conspiracy* Theories Part 1

I imagine there are few users of the net who have not run into conspiracy theory after conspiracy theory. Myself, I've been amused by many a strange tale ranging from snapple being in league with the KKK to a vast network of aliens secretly messing with our world(with some apparently kidnapping humans in order to shove things up their rectums).

I'd be lying to say that I myself wasn't, at one point or another, tempted to believe in a theory here and there. Indeed, so would the vast majority of people. Of course, many of them wouldn't realize they were lying. You see, while many will often mock and write off what others say as “conspiracy theories”, they are blissfully unaware, having failed to employ filters of reason and objective thought to their own opinions, that they themselves believe conspiracy theories. For example, anyone who believes in the “Axis of Evil” as laid out by King George, has believed in a conspiracy theory. Anyone who believes that all Mexicans are moving here for reconquista believes in a conspiracy theory. Anyone who believes that Christians are plotting to install a theocracy, believe in a conspiracy theory.

Indeed, much of what passes for political discourse these days revolve around conspiracy theories. What is interesting about this is the people who do this, who speak of their favorite officially sanctioned conspiracy theories that must be true since all the partisan pundits and politicians they pay attention to have repeated them, are usually the first people to mock others for saying anything that even remotely sounds like a conspiracy theory.

Now, I'm not saying their theories don't have merit. I'm not saying they aren't true. You'd have to live with your head up your ass not to see that conspiracies not only can happen, but do happen. They actually aren't rare at all. Probably the most famous conspiracy, that seems almost certain to have been a conspiracy, was what happened on 9/11. The only thing people disagree on is who the conspirators were, but I know of no one who thinks all those planes just randomly had really bad random misfortune on the same day. I'm only pointing out that so much of what is repeated as legitimate political discourse, from all "sides" and partisan viewpoints, are conspiracy theories. I find that very interesting in this day and age when people are quick to dismiss what someone else says solely because it involves the idea of a conspiracy.

More interesting than this and the reason I started this article, is the question as to why people are so blind to the conspiracy theories they believe and why people have become so quick to suspect conspiracy. I will post more on this at a later date.

Thank you for reading this post.
PartisanX

*Conspiracy - The act of working in secret to obtain some goal, usually understood with negative connotations. Etymologically, the term comes from Latin con- "with, together", and spirare "to breathe".

Monday, September 11, 2006

Freedom* of Speech - A Line of Defense Against Civil Unrest and Civil War.

Many people say things about the importance of freedom of speech, but going by what I've read on the subject, it is almost always based upon appeals to the constitution and the founding fathers. While I agree profoundly with most such arguments, that the constitutional freedoms must be upheld if we are to remain a free society, I also see a very very important function of free speech that is rarely addressed.

Free speech is one of the pressure valves of a free society. It is one of the first line of defenses against civil unrest and civil war. The ability and freedom to verbally vent frustrations can and often does take the edge off of those frustrations. We all know what it feels like to get something off your chest. It feels good, it feels LIBERATING, it feels like FREEDOM.

Now, this is something that people who get offended at angry political tirades strewn with profanity and insults should keep in mind. We could outlaw it, sure. We could just create social pressure so that people keep it bottled up. But what is the long term effects of keeping those types of frustrations bottled up inside? Eventually, it will boil over, it will spill out and often, it will go beyond verbal expression.

We should all remember this the next time we are offended by what someone says, either online or elsewhere. Our society has been under a good deal of pressure since 9/11. We have had to deal with the collective trauma of having our little bubble of safety popped, as well as our frustrations at our country not going the direction we want it to go. Even people who agree with how the war on terror has been conducted and the things done in its name have had stresses and frustrations in other areas, such as immigration, bad economy, debt spending, etc...
If we, as a society, suddenly tried to silence the “offensive” speech that offends our ears, we could find ourselves having rocks thrown at us, or far far worse.

Thank you for reading this post.
PartisanX

*Freedom - the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints.

The Campaign* Begins.

Hello World. I'm PartisanX and I have quite a bit to say, some of it profane, some of it profound, but hopefully all of it will be entertaining in one way or another.

I just read that first sentence and it straight up sounds trite. It's funny, you start a blog because you want a medium to let your words and opinions flow into the public and when it comes time, you spend 10 minutes just trying to figure out how to launch the first post. Or at least I did.

Anyway, rather than waste anymore time trying to think up a description of myself and what my goals are for this blog, I will simply let my future posts define me. That's always best anyway and in fact, no matter how many words I waste here trying to describe myself, my future posts will define me for better or worse anyway.

So thank you for reading this first post.
PartisanX

*Campaign - a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end.