I’ll take door #2

In ancient times, scholars believed that the earth lay at the center of the universe (the “Ptolemaic System”), and that the stars were suspended from a black sphere that moved around us. Over the next several centuries, as astronomers observed the movement of the celestial bodies, they noticed abberations in the patterns of movement which did not match their belief. In order to resolve the differences they started altering the theory, adding new spheres nested within and without the main one (and changing them from black to crystal, to explain our ability to see stars on different spheres); over time the system they came up with to explain what they observed became extremely complex and unwieldy. It didn’t make a whole lot of sense, but it was the only theory they had.

Finally, Copernicus came up with a new idea — it was the sun at the center, and the earth and the planets moved around the sun. The theory foundered for quite a while until being refined with a little help from Kepler and Galileo.

Despite opposition from the all-powerful Church, the idea finally started to take off. Why? Because it made sense. If you observed the night sky with the new model in mind, it suddenly all worked without relying on ridiculously complex models — you could even make accurate predictions based on the model alone. Occam’s Razor once again reared it head and struck down an outmoded model of thought.

This today from Brian Tiemann, over at Peeve Farm [emphasis is mine]:

Believing the worst about the [War in Iraq] all this time… means believing that the Idiot Supergenius Bush deluded America into fighting for the spread and germination of democracy, a concept he was himself patently opposed to, and in whose service he was willing to construct the most elaborate, audacious, and shameless lie in American history. It takes believing that Bush says he likes freedom, but is lying and secretly hates freedom — but he’s willing to subvert our entire governmental system to create freedom anyway, because it serves his nefarious goals….

Being on the side of the war means simply believing Bush meant what he said and said what he meant. That he believed the things he said, that he acted in good faith, that he never knowingly lied, and that the end result — democracy in Iraq — depends not on subterfuge but on honesty. Hard as it might be, one only has to believe that Bush and the pro-war faction of American politics has simply been sincere all along for the sight of grinning, finger-waving Iraqi voters to make sense.

After a while, it starts to also remind me of the Bill Clinton SexPerjury Scandal, in which we were asked to believe that either A) a known liar and philanderer was lying about philandering, or B) the entirety of the Republican party was united in a Vast but completely secret Right-Wing Conspiracy to convince the public that he was lying. Hmm. Let me ponder that one for a moment.

Then, as now, the Democrat party (not to mention the bulk of the MSM) ran with theory A. Can either of these institutions really be that far from a complete meltdown?

(Brian’s article is all good. RTWT.)

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