Writings on the Wall

Writings on the Wall, Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld. More words of wisdom.

“Three Steps that we haven’t tried that will boost our political engines are: (1) Institute a federal education program that emphasizes critical thinking and logical fallacies in every grade of public school. (2) Make voting easily available to every citizen, but stop diluting the power of informed voters by encouraging people to vote who don’t want to. (3) Broadcast a nonpartisan fact-check and logical analysis as often as possible when a politician speaks publicly.”

“Westen said, ‘Essentially, it appears as if partisans twirl the cognitive kaleidoscope until they get the conclusions they want, and then they get massively reinforced for it.’ It’s both stimulating and addicting to reject, without examining, any information contrary to our beliefs.”

The Party Is Over

The Party Is Over, How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted by Mike Lofgren published in 2012. An excellent book with suggestions about how to fix our broken politics.

“Distraction, mystification, fear-mongering, and the stoking of hatred are the tools that keep the American people in an apathetic and childish state. Creative and constructive work is always harder than demagoguery or fear-mongering; we have had too little of the former and too much of the latter during recent decades.”

“Likeable enough”

During a debate in 2008, Barack Obama said that Hillary Clinton was “likeable enough.” And that will be the deciding factor in the debate tonight and in this election. The more likeable candidate for US President ALWAYS wins. The GOP have labored for 24 years to portray Hillary as less likeable. And yet they have nominated Donald Trump as their candidate. It is hard to imagine anyone less likeable than Donald Trump.