Thursday, April 21, 2011

Obama 2

When Obama nominated as Democratic candidate I happened to ask a graduate student in Amsterdam what people in The Netherlands think of Obama and she said "We like Obama but it would be hard for any American to understand that we see him as so far to the right that we see HIM the way Americans see McCain."  Consider this quote from John Stuart Mill -  John Stuart Mill lamented, “it is a melancholy truth, that if any measure were proposed, on any subject, truly, largely, and far-sightedly conservative, even if Liberals were willing to vote for it, the great bulk of the Conservative party would rush blindly in and prevent it from being carried.” “I did not mean to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid,” explained Mill in a subsequent letter. “I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative.”  

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