Sunday, January 30, 2005

Q: Do the numbers really suck?

A: Yes

From the Pew Research Center:

"The numbers paint a sobering picture. Just a quarter of the French approve of U.S. policies, and the situation is only slightly better in Japan and Germany. Most people around the world worry that U.S. global influence is expanding, and majorities in many countries say America's strong military presence actually increases the chances for war. "

But, I guess an argument can be made that if popular opinion were the truth, Columbus never would have gotten in the water.


8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another argument might be made that in all of history, probably no more than a quarter of the French have ever approved of anything outside France.

4:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was well-known that the earth was spherical by Columbus's time. Heck - Eratosthenes knew it when he measured the earth's diameter (circa 200 BCE). The story about Columbus "proving" the earth was round is revisioinist history (the Enlightenment attempting to make the dark ages seem dimmer).

6:47 PM  
Blogger Bob Reselman said...

True about the round earth thing.

Yet another piece of convention of the time was to expel Jews from Spain, vermin on society and all that. Yet, Columbus knew this guy, Avraham Zacuto....

http://www.saudades.org/ccolumbusvoyage.html

8:00 PM  
Blogger ssge said...

So do you make the argument that the "popular opinion" is not the truth?

5:24 PM  
Blogger Bob Reselman said...

I guess it's all in how one defines truth.

12:22 PM  
Blogger ssge said...

My point was that if you don't want to go by with what the popular opinion is saying you might as well demand a new president (which by the way is responsible for the sucking numbers)

4:05 PM  
Blogger Bob Reselman said...

Oh believe me, I was one demanding fool....even into December 2004.

I wondered a while ago upon the Presidency of Ronald Wilson Reagan as to how operationally consequential the office of President was. I figured, what the hell, he co-starred with a chimp, if we get through this, well get through anything.

President G.W Bush and his group have made me understand that the office does indeed have a lot of consequence. What blows my mind is that a "marginal most" of this nation wants the group we have in power, even in the face of what I consider to be overwhelming political and humanitarian atrocity.

Makes me sad, really, really, really sad. In terms of WTO-9/11, were one to want a score to be settled, t'is done and then some.

The tyranny of the majority stuff that De Toqueville talks about is quite real for me.

I wonder if the current group in the White House plans to spread to the taxpayer the freedom to determine one's tax dollar allocation to US Government budgetary line items. I've been talking to God a lot lately and he told me that he really wants all Americans to have such freedom.

I am toying with the idea that only real meaningful method of political expression is economic: Don't wanna give you any of my hard earned cash for no steekin' precision bombing devices.

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