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General / Combating Cliches
« on: October 28, 2010, 03:26:36 AM »
So I've heard a few cliche statements lately when discussing freedom-oriented ideals at work. Not many, but a couple that have irked me for a while when hearing them. So, considering how easily swayed people tend to be if you can make a witty remark (people seem so sheepish sometimes), I've tossed a few decent comebacks their way. Mainly these gems:

"This is a nation of laws!" No, this is a nation of people. Just like good and bad people, there are good and bad laws. Would you blindly obey a bad person?

"Even a broken clock is right twice a day!" A broken clock (in this case the politician of your choice) is never right when its hands are in your pocket. (I'm proud of that one in particular)

Anyone have any good comebacks to share?

General / Funny lil' anecdote.
« on: August 01, 2010, 04:34:30 PM »
My English professor decided to take us to the major library in town for our research projects the other day. One of the available librarians, a finely dressed young black woman, took us on a small tour of the facilities. About five minutes in, we arrived at the section they kept government documentation. Her accidental misspeaking was quite appropriate.
"Down here," she said, "is where we keep all the government records and papers. We act as sort of a primary suppository for government documents."

I stifle a chuckle and say to her, "I was just thinking that would be a wonderful place to stick government papers, too!"

My professor coughed to hide his laugh after that.

So I've got half a dozen friends who either don't care about the elections, or have the classically ignorant "vote for the person with the best chance of winning" mentality. Needless to say, half of them feel the best chance lies with Hillary. I could use a bit of help in persuading these friends to at the very least consider Ron Paul for their vote, but there's one person in particular I feel the need to convince.

She's essentially got a Libertarian-esque mindset and lifestyle, being a self-proclaimed pagan and an active homosexual rights advocate. I think her biggest issue, if you can call it that, is getting a woman (if you can call her that, har har) into the presidency. Other than that, when I asked why she felt she would vote that way, it was a pause and "I dunno."

I've already referred her to Ron Paul's campaign website, but I doubt she'll spend much time reading it. I don't even read it, other than skimming over some info now and then, to be honest. Any advice you folks could send my way, and maybe some specific examples of his voting history to show her he's not the typical politician, would be massively appreciated.

Thank you kindly.

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