Badtux the Snarky Penguin

In a time of chimpanzees, I was a penguin.

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Thursday, July 07, 2005

In a time of chimpanzees I was a penguin

Tannish the Buddhist Wolf points out a logical and reasonable refutation of all the nonsense about gays changing the meaning of the word "marriage", which points out that it was heterosexuals, not gays, who did this. Unfortunately, this is a typical example of why liberals continue to consistency lose elections: They think that logic and reason are useful tools for getting elected.

The problem is that you cannot reach hairless monkeys with little things like "facts" and "logic". You have to appeal to their inner monkey. Democrats and liberals continue to believe that if they just keep sincerely attempting to convince people using logic and reason that their way is in the best interests of the majority of the people, people will naturally gravitate to Democratic/liberal positions because it's in their own best interests. BALDERDASH! What monkeys want to do is hoot and scream and howl and throw feces at anybody who is not part of their own little troop of hairless monkeys. To reach monkeys, you don't speechify to them in droning detail about how it's in their best interests to vote for your policies. You convince them that your particular troop of hairless monkeys is a buncha bad-asses that will give them LOTS of opportunities to hoot and scream and howl and throw feces at other hairless monkeys!

Just listen to right wing radio for a moment. Ever wonder how such drooling abortions of illogic could ever be listened to by millions of Americans? But look: The fact is, millions of Americans are NOT hearing drooling abortions of illogic. They're hearing screeching and howling and throwing feces at those who are not part of their own particular "troop" of ditto-heads... and they *LIKE* it, because it appeals to their inner monkey. What's logic and reason got to do with it?!

Logic and reason work fine when you have an educated populance. But now that 30 years of Republican policies have turned the U.S. educational system into a 12-year obedience training system where people are taught that "facts" are whatever people in authority say they are, logic and reason just won't work for reaching the majority of the American people, because the majority of Americans have never used logic and reason, were never exposed to logic and reason in their schools or their home life, and have no idea how to respond to them. In the long term, we must fix our schools, but to get to the long term, we must recognize reality and address the inner monkey.

- Badtux the Cynical Penguin

Posted by: BadTux / 7/07/2005 12:25:00 PM  


Right on the nail !
# posted by Anonymous : 7/7/05 2:49 PM  

Fix the schools? You bet, but any change of that magnitude will take a generation to manifest. I’m a victim of Chicago Public Schools, couldn’t handle college, and I’m proud of the meager advances I have made despite my misfortune. Abe Lincoln proved that schools can be irrelevant, in some cases.

As for your apt monkey metaphore, I return the favor by posting in responce to you, my friend.
# posted by Tannish : 7/7/05 3:23 PM  

I'm just surprised that nobody has figured out which musician I'm stealing the title from, how I've changed it, and what the name of the song was. Maybe I should make it a contest or something :-).
# posted by BadTux : 8/7/05 12:38 AM  

"In the time of chimpanzees I was a monkey
butane in my veins and I'm out to cut the junkie..."

The song is Loser by Beck, one of my favorite artists (well, at least until I found out he sorta became part of the "scientology" cult).

"...Soy un perdedor
I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me?"
# posted by Dr. Haus : 8/7/05 6:16 PM  

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