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Comment: Re:Politics aside for a moment. (Score 1) 521

Alright. As for the honest politician oxymoron, it is really a selection of the least imperfect. Fairy tale good and noble are rarely on the ballot, but some are clearly more suited to the task than others, once you've identified a set of characteristics you're willing to vote for. Carter's failure was more management style than lack of guile. His great intelligence made it difficult for him to delegate.

"Some voters don't think that single iffy practices are necessarily indicative of character." I see what you did there.

If a President needs to lie, and maybe he doesn't (how would we know?), he needs to be able to do so convincingly.

Comment: Re:Hindsight or Rewrite? (Score 5, Insightful) 138

by rmdingler (#49179785) Attached to: Technology's Legacy: the 'Loser Edit' Awaits Us All

If you don't understand this world then I would posit that that is simply because you do not know enough about it.

Understanding the World is not the goal for everyone, indeed, perhaps fewer people than one might imagine want it all neatly explained by science and informed study.

If people have proven nothing else, it seems clear many are much more comfortable in an illogical cocoon of faith and superstition.

Comment: Re:Politics aside for a moment. (Score 1) 521

I'm going to silver lining this for you. The oath of impartiality is important to a fair jury trial, and participating with an eye toward the advancement of a personal agenda is flawed, but we're better off with that than with apathy.

We all think we're smart here. Many of us are correct. Shit, you survive here as an outspoken conservative on what could be accurately described as a liberal forum... The important thing is, when things are argued properly on Slashdot, all sides are represented.

The best jury trials are like that, too.

Comment: Re:Don't do it, Snowden! (Score 1) 638

by rmdingler (#49175277) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial
I have little doubt Mr Snowden ever imagined he'd be where he is, right now, at the mercy of a schizophrenic patron like the Russian Putin.

One of the great moments of shame for me, was when an American citizen sought refuge in Soviet Russia. I understand. The US government has a real need to treat him like a cold war spy instead of an heroic whistleblower to retain any credibility on this ubiquitous unconstitutional eavesdropping, but darn it Beav, we used to stand for something. I think some of us still do. How do we fix for him?

Comment: Re:Politics aside for a moment. (Score 1) 521

That, Detective, is the right question.

My twenty-year-old son recently served for the first time on a local murder trial, no less, and it taught him quite a lot about how the judicial system works. He was proud of his service, and as you might imagine, had no trouble making the jury as seemingly everyone attempted to get out of it.

Heaven forbid one of us would ever have to stand trial, but I would hope all the competent, decent people didn't weasel out of service that day.

Comment: Re:Politics aside for a moment. (Score 4, Insightful) 521

Nobody who would vote for Hillary Clinton will care about things like this. There might be some hoopla on Twitter and Fox News for a few days, and then there will be some stragglers like with Benghazi, but it will mostly fade out of the mainstream media within a few hours from now.

It will be brought up during the presidential debates at some point, assuming Mrs. Clinton runs as expected, but you've hit the nail on the head. The US political system is so polarized that many supporters are unable to gauge wrongdoings within their own party.

The over-the-top reaction from extremists on the other side parroting what some talking head said this morning drives the party faithful to circle the wagons. We have allowed them to divide and conquer us.

Comment: Re:Politics aside for a moment. (Score 5, Interesting) 521

...and I'll bet pretty much any ranking politician does much the same, and thinks along the same lines - in any party, in any country, in any system of governance.

If I'm honest, I reckon to be a politician of any note, you pretty much have to be a bit under-handed from time to time, and you pretty much have to push the rules to their limits. If you just want to be a local politician, or even maybe a national politician that doesn't do much more than that (what we call 'back bench' here in the UK) then you can probably be fairly noble, if you really want to be. If you've got any sort of ambition though, then you've got to 'play the game' considerably harder than that, and so pushing boundaries of the rules/decency/morality start to become more of a requirement.

I've heard it said that we get the type of candidates for political office that we do because the system is not attractive to good and noble candidates.

It also rings true that we have lowered the bar of expectation with regard to decency and morality from our politicians.

Fortunately, we can both still vote in our respective nations to change this perversion. FWIW, there are many candidates for the upcoming presidential vacancy I would be less pleased to see in power than Mrs. Clinton.

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