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Politics is Over

Aren't you glad politics is all over? Nowadays it even seems longer than baseball.

What is politics, now, anyways? In Israel, people kill each other, and blow themselves up, and torture homeless people - why? - because there are two completely irreconcilable parties struggling for control of some territory. It kind of makes us in this country look like wimps, doesn't it? When the stakes are so much higher here, aren't they?

When liberals get uptight about the right wing using religious rhetoric and exploiting religious media channels and churches, the problem can be crystalized by that phrase, "completely irreconcilable". The nature of religious thought simply bypasses the time-honored process of consensus through discourse. As a liberal, I simply don't have any rational argument that can interface with "The Bible teaches us that..." gay marriage is bad; "The church believes that..." abortion is wrong; "It's obvious that..." Israel is our greatest friend in the Middle East. What can you do, but take up arms against those who have such concepts lodged in their brains?

Now, I am not advocating that they must be tortured, killed, or tricked into blowing themselves up. I simply think that we must live with them, but forget about using politics too. Politics is over. I think maybe mind control is a promising avenue of research here, and in the meantime blast rock music outside their churches where they are hiding, like we did with Noriega.
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