Li: ritual, propriety, etiquette. Hsiao: love within the family (parents for children and children for parents. Yi: righteousness--the noblest way to act in a situation. Xin: honesty and trustworthiness. Jen: benevolence, humaneness towards others. Chung: loyalty to the state and authority. --Confucius (Kong Fuzi)

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I believe the past is relevant, sometimes more than others of course. In most cases we are seeing history being repeated, so it is most relevant.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Politics:

“But this new Republican faction regards the messy business of politics as soiled and impure. Compromise is corruption. Inconvenient facts are ignored. Countrymen with different views are regarded as aliens. Political identity became a sort of ethnic identity, and any compromise was regarded as a blood betrayal…”

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It’s as if the Republicant Party has been possessed by a move towards a radical thirst for anarchy for the sake of change. The problem is change, radical thought, and anarchy are just the opposite of conservative thought. But, as long as they can claim their radicalism and anarchy is a form of revolution stemming from Reagan, Gingrich or Ayn Rand politics, it is seen as pristine and just.  Unfortunately, radical thought, change, anarchy, and revolution are more closely related to progressive tendencies, not conservatisms.  

Maybe those Reagan Democrats, who brought their progressive desire for change to the small tent party, have finally eroded the conservative movement as they have grown weary of the false promises and claims. Choosing to not admit their error of abandoning a party they could truly influence, they have pushed further from that party, resulting in pushing the GOP further down the rabbit hole. Nixon’s southern strategy has proven so effective it is now showing diminishing returns… destroying the GOP from within.         GlennDL

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“Politics is too partisan, and sometimes patriotism is cast aside. Patriotism is honor and love of your country and your brothers and sisters. With politics I get the impression that it's all about what's good for the party and not necessarily what's good for the country.”

Ricardo Montalban

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