A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
One of the cliches, firmly adhered to by the chattering classes, concerns Harper's "steadfastness". The cliche goes something like, whether you love him or hate him, people respect him because he does what he says he will do and has firmly held beliefs. What a pile of crap. I hate Harper with a red-hot passion and I do not respect him for his blind ignorance and stubborn stupidity on, say global warming (pick any issue), any more than I could respect the Captain of the Titanic for "knowing" he could make it through a little ice. Doing something because you are too dim, arrogant, or ideologically blinkered to consider any other alternative, is not a mark of leadership, it is a sign of pathology. Really people, spare me the triumph of the will bullshit. Any idiot can mulishly stay the course. Bush has proven that to America's dismay. Idiocy should be corrected not admired and the sooner the puditocracy learns this, the better off we all will be.
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