Signals. Are. Crossing.

She adds:

All right, Paul Ryan. Enlighten me. How can you be a follower of both? I’m having genuine trouble figuring this out.

Thanks brat . . . wouldn’t we all like to hear an answer to this one . . .


“He must open his arms to protect all of God’s people and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important, those whom Matthew lists in the final judgment on love:  the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and those in prison.”  —  Pope Francis

“The mystic parasites who have, throughout the ages, reviled the traders and held them in contempt, while honoring the beggars and the looters, have known the secret motive of their sneers: a trader is the entity they dread–a man of justice.”  —  Ayn Rand

All right, Paul Ryan.  Enlighten me.  How can you be a follower of both?  I’m having genuine trouble figuring this out.

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8 responses to “Signals. Are. Crossing.

  1. Simple: Do as I say, not as I do. That’s the GOP way, isn’t it?


    • Well elyse, it certainly is if we’re talking about marriage! How many GOP stars divorce and marry the way we change clothes? Trump, Limbaugh, Gingrich . . .


  2. Almost amusing, isn’t it? You made me look up “cognitive dissonance” in Wikipedia. Along with much else, it says it can occur when people seek to:

    “Reaffirm already held beliefs: Congeniality bias (also referred to as Confirmation Bias) refers to how people read or access information that affirms their already established opinions, rather than referencing material that contradicts them. For example, a person who is politically conservative might only read newspapers and watch news commentary that is from conservative news sources. This bias appears to be particularly apparent when faced with deeply held beliefs, i.e., when a person has ‘high commitment’ to his or her attitudes.

    Another view might be that such people simply compartment matters of “faith” from matters of reality. Some postulate there is a God gene and a part of many brains designed for such functions. From that I perceive a very real danger in electing any very, truly religious person to powerful office.


    • Right–and it’s one thing if you want to follow traditional religion, although I’m not always a fan of that either. It takes it to a whole another level when you then try to juggle that with a contradictory way of thinking.


    • I think that ‘God gene’ may correspond to how some people are drawn to authoritarianism.

      And Jim, it IS indeed dangerous when religion infects government. The examples are legion. Throughout humanity’s history, religion has been a constant cause of war (right alongside real estate and resources – the Three “R’s”!)


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