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Offline rangerrebew

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To Be Liked or to Be Feared: That Is the Question
« on: August 08, 2014, 04:24:00 PM »
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness -- these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles."
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Re: To Be Liked or to Be Feared: That Is the Question
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2014, 06:16:04 PM »
"The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." - Ecclesiastes 10:2

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Re: To Be Liked or to Be Feared: That Is the Question
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2014, 06:55:22 PM »
"oderint dum metuant" ("let them hate, so long as they fear") -- Lucius Accius "Atreus" 140 BC


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Re: To Be Liked or to Be Feared: That Is the Question
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2014, 07:07:30 PM »
'Tis true that Americans want to be liked.  However, there are two ways to be liked.  The first is the Reagan style:  to be liked because of your compassion and your willingness to do the right thing and to stand up to those who would do evil despite the cost.  The second is the Obama style:  boot-licking appeasement; the willingness to yield on every principle and every point, in the hope of bribing the world to like you.

The first comes from a position of strength, which at least garners some fear and some respect from those who refuse to like.  The second comes from weakness and earns nothing but scorn from enemies and despair from friends.

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Re: To Be Liked or to Be Feared: That Is the Question
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2014, 07:11:56 PM »
'Tis true that Americans want to be liked.  However, there are two ways to be liked.  The first is the Reagan style:  to be liked because of your compassion and your willingness to do the right thing and to stand up to those who would do evil despite the cost.  The second is the Obama style:  boot-licking appeasement; the willingness to yield on every principle and every point, in the hope of bribing the world to like you.

The first comes from a position of strength, which at least garners some fear and some respect from those who refuse to like.  The second comes from weakness and earns nothing but scorn from enemies and despair from friends.
The US that set the stage for decades of leadership first kicked but in WWII, and then acted with decency and human consideration for our enemies.

You can't just do the latter, without first doing the former--and get unconditional surrender.

There is no substitute with that. Muslims understand power, above all. They see us as weak, because Obama has acted weakly.
"God must love the common man, he made so many of them.�  Abe Lincoln

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Re: To Be Liked or to Be Feared: That Is the Question
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2014, 07:15:29 PM »
I don't care about being liked. I'd rather just be left alone. In fact, that policy served this country just fine for a century.

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Re: To Be Liked or to Be Feared: That Is the Question
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2014, 07:23:41 PM »
Zero sure has made a mess of the Middle East. Questionable whether the region recovers with any hope of peace, or at least stability.

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Re: To Be Liked or to Be Feared: That Is the Question
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2014, 08:08:39 PM »
I don't care about being liked. I'd rather just be left alone. In fact, that policy served this country just fine for a century.

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