The Morning Quote

American Exceptionalism: Dumpster Diving Eagle

“We learned a lot of this in recent decades, but especially maybe the last four or five years because Donald Trump was so disruptive and so willing to challenge norms, we have learned that a lot of the American system is built on the honor system,” [Jon Stewart] said. “That only works, of course, if you care about or even have a sense of honor.”

 — Jon Stewart as quoted by Politico

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5 Responses to The Morning Quote

  1. YellowDog says:

    No honor among thieves.

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  2. Czippie L'Shimp says:

    And it is made worse, of course, when one side sees honour as a virtue, and the other sees it as a weakness.

    It hurts my heart to think of where we might be if we were all honourable

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  3. Mrs BDR and I saw John Cleese last night on his ‘There Is No Hope’ tour, a one man show which is roughly an hour of him talking about confidence, ego and creativity (in a very funny way) for about an hour, then taking questions and telling stories about the rest of the Python’s (“I can say this now, as the man is dead and cannot defend himself, but did you know Terry Jones is…Welsh?” )

    The thresu of his monologue started with seeing a therapist with his wife prior to their divorce, and in a candid moment, the doctor estimating that only 10-15% of his profession actually knew what they were doing…this lead to a discussion of the Dunning-Kruger effect, on to how really smart people still are affected by that and how our egos and unwillingness to admit we are wrong about something contrive to keep us from fairly considering evidence that doesn’t comport with our closely held beliefs.

    This explains why so many people in power are driven to control what everyone else does, because they cannot control their own world, so they must control *everyone else’s) and this is why virtually everyone in power is an uptight sociopath, or in the common term “Assholes”

    And now:

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  4. schmice3 says:

    That’s what I was brought up to believe. A sense of justice and fair play were innate to how we thought. It came naturally. This age of technology has been hijacked by corrosive gamblers out to make a buck and to pitch a system that will allow them to keep doing it. After PCs flooded the market, crackpots got a platform to debase and pervert our national values and identity. Trump’s election and popularity show how this mindset has gone all the way to the top. The right is organized. How do we defeat them? 2022 is just around the corner.

    One last thought. And what do the Democrats come back with against all the reactionary bombast which has been pretty effective in selling hate? Build Back Better. What the fuck does that even mean? It says nothing! Stupid Madison Avenue approach. How much did they pay some advertising genius to come up with that empty slogan? Electing “progressives” to the Senate in 2022 will make Manchin and Sinema irrelevant. That no Republican senator will step up to save the Republic is the most telling proof of their lack of honor and citizenship. Organize.

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  5. roket says:

    When you’re on a mission and the means justifies the end, honor is usually folded up into a paper airplane and thrown out the window.

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