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Posted By Confutus

I just noticed a call for papers from the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology at Utah Valley University at New Cool Thang. ( it was still Utah Valley State College when I got my Associate's Degree there).  I'm somewhat interested in philosophy, but I'm still a bit skeptical of it. I'd really like to see philosophy discussed from an LDS perspective, rather as Hugh Nibley did it,  ("The World and the Prophets") rather than the LDS views discussed from the philosophical point of view, as I suspect will be done here. But since I'm at best an armchair amateur, there is probably little I could contributed, or be allowed to contributed, to such a gathering. 


Since I'm going to be discussing the US Federal Government from time to time, I might as well lay out where I stand. 


I do not think Barak Obama is doing well as President, I never trusted him from the beginning of his campaign, and do not approve of either his political philosophy or the job he is doing. I take note the criticism of of his pace in appointing officials as expressed in the New York Times not long ago.


I also do not approve of the job the US Congress is doing. I oppose the evident corruption and hypocrisy of many of those who occupy the Senate and the US House of Representatives.


I also do not approve of the job the US Supreme Court is doing. I believe that the Court has essentially gutted the Constitution by declaring that it means whatever the Court decides it means. What is left is the form, and not the substance, of what the founders intended, and their ideals are upheld by the remaining  traditions of the people, not law.


Having said this much, I believe in a restoration of the Government as the founders intended it, rather than overthrow or replacement, as a certain number of radicals on both ends of the political spectrum have advocated. I hope to bring in fact-based discussions  from time to time, as I continue to do more studies in history. I cannot claim to be unbiased, though I will try to be fair, and civil.  I expect  commenters to do the same.





Posted By Confutus

I found a discussion on the social science of Mormonism to be noteworthy.


I think I'm going to be referring to the irony of the Lendingtree commercial, which offers a loan as the solution to the problem of overwhelming debt, with some frequency.


I don't think I'm going to say anything about the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy for a little while. 


I had a fairly lengthy rant on my opinion to the health insurance proposal, but it disappeared into cyberspace.  It appears to be headed for defeat in Congress, and I hope the proposal fails, because I think it's bad public policy.


I noted with some interest an article which was discussed at  by Ed Morrissey at HotAir, which refers to an economist who blamed Hoover's deals with labor unions for the depth of the Great Depression.


I was also vastly amused by a quote attributed to David Brooks.


That first encounter is still vivid in Brooks’s mind. “I remember distinctly an image of–we were sitting on his couches, and I was looking at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant,” Brooks says, “and I’m thinking, a) he’s going to be president and b) he’ll be a very good president.” In the fall of 2006, two days after Obama’s The Audacity of Hope hit bookstores, Brooks published a glowing Times column. The headline was “Run, Barack, Run.”…

Pant creases as a prognostication of the future? I suppose it's no worse than haruspicy or reading tea leaves, but it should probably be taken about as seriously.  




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