January 20, 2005

Philosophy Fun

Found some good stuff on TAPPED today on the philosophy of Bush's Speech:

I think this belief that the goodness of our cause constitutes a reason to believe in the inevitability of its success is a dangerous delusion. It's the deep, philosophical version of a narrow, political tactic we've often seen -- a flight away from questions about what's actually going on toward questions about whether or not the president means well. The Iraq War must be a good idea, because we're on the side of liberty and the people we're fighting are repugnant. Unfortunately, the world doesn't work this way. It's not good enough to love freedom and really, really, really want your policies to cause its spread. You need policies that will actually advance the cause. And that's what we still don't have.

It's not enough to be good. You have to be smart. You can't just want good things to happen. You have to make them happen.

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