I live in South Carolina, so my two US Senators are the Laurel and Hardy of public intellect: Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint. Or are they Abbot and Costello? Hm. Actually, let's just call them Dumb and Dumber.
But who is who? Until this morning, it was a no brainer. Jim DeMint is one of the more profoundly moronic and duplicitous humans in government, so I had erroneously thought that he must be the dumber of our senators. I was incorrect. Simply being evil does not equate with being dumb.
Lindsey Graham had always struck me as moderately reasonable, he generally understands that mature government is about compromise, he seems to grasp that fiscal conservatism need not directly correspond to a dominionist agenda. This is what we've come to? I've been feeling ok with him simply because he's not a raving moonbat?
I know understand. Just as being evil is not the same as being dumb... not being crazy is not the same as being smart.
Graham says we should consider bombing Iran, and he raises himself to the level of Aristotle, Socrates, and Plato by applying the fllowing dazzling logic:
"If you use military force against Iran, you've opened up Pandora's box. If you allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon, you've emptied Pandora's box. I'd rather open up Pandora's box than empty it.'
Wha-wha-what? I mean, sure, successful regime change in the Middle East is really our bailiwick at this point in history. Maybe if we try a few more we'll finally have one the way we really like it, right?
But that's not my point (really, it's not). My point is: there is no difference between "opening" and "emptying" Pandora's Box. If the box is open, all conceivable evil has been irrevocably unleashed into the world. You can't open it a little. It's open or it's not. And there are not different kinds of evil. It's just evil. As in not good. That is the purpose and meaning of that myth. So WHAT THE HELL IS HE TALKING ABOUT AND WHY DOES HE HAVE ANY SAY IN ANYTHING?!
This is what we've got down here. And it's still better that what we're looking at from Delaware.