I know, huh? How does he mix liberal leanings with work ethic? We know that's impossibleAugust 8 2004 at 11:37 PM
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Response to "Overcoming a career-long aversion to partisan politics?"
"Let's just say, the guy's got liberal-lefty leanings. Always has, despite the incredible work-ethic he has personally embodied. All those years of 4-hour concerts...it's a wonder he can still sing at all."
Nobody left of center holds to a sense of work ethic. Furthermore, we know that aligning oneself right of center imbues one with a stout work ethic.
OK, I'm obviously loading up my point with either/or logic, but that same logic seems to dominate current thinking and leads to head scratching over Bruce Springsteen's work ethic being compatible with his political ideals.
And to follow DA's point (how many benefits has Bruce done), this artist apparently is now aligned with Mellencamp who ALWAYS has put his money where his mouth is (see Farm Aid). When it comes time to rip Mellencamp for his "political leanings" I suspect some chink other than failing to do benfits will be offered.
Other either/or falacies:
--If you object to our Iraq strategy you cannot support our troops.
--Pouring money into a military effort will assure its efficiency/effectiveness. Now that one goes against every common conservative business model. Sure, the ancillary (buddy-buddy) profits will be there and no one will reasonably complain provided the bottom line benefit to America shows up eventually. Has it or will it? Wall St. sure seems confused about that.
There comes a point where the fairly static Democratic party doctrine can be plugged in and very possibly limp us toward a better economy and, surprise, a more effective military merely gasp by default. I believe we are AT the point where Bush's most valuable chip is to keep pounding the false notion that his record, home and abroad, stands up against the perceived horror of Democratic doves taking power. Its a tribute to the optimism of our country that so many are still buying that notion with so little yet delivered.