OK, someone else believes all of these things. What I really mean is that the following tend to fly in the face of conventional wisdom.
1. George W. Bush is a genius. We’ve had our fun laughing at his speaking errors, but I do believe he got the last laugh. He wants that Texas accent to lull you off guard, and it did. In college, my calculus professor spoke with a deep drawl and he didn’t laugh, he guffawed. I thought he was a yokel until I realized, “he’s a calculus teacher.” He drove off into the sunset in his Benz and I got a D. That’s kind of how W treated the citizenry at large. Our 43rd president is many things, but slow is not one of them.
2. Barack Obama’s popularity will take a serious hit before he leaves office. He’s golden now; I’m as caught up in the wonderfulness of the man as anyone. But just look at the precedent: Bush II was bulletproof after 9/11, but look at his popularity now. Clinton mopped the floor with Dole in 1996, only to be impeached in 1998. Bush I lived and died by his “no new taxes” promise. Reagan lost his memory and credibility with Iran Contra. Jimmy Carter was more or less before my time, but I know he lost big after one term. Gerald Ford couldn’t get himself elected, Nixon was forced to resign, Lyndon Johnson bowed out because of Vietnam, and someone somewhere obviously hated JFK….I’d bet Obama will see a 2nd term, but will he still be seen as the indomitable amalgamation of Che, Gandhi, and Lincoln in 7 years? No.
3. All religions are good. Most believers think that their way is the only way–that they are the only ones who have access to and acceptance from the true and living God. I grew up Baptist, and we were taught that while Methodists were started by John Wesley, Presbyterians by John Calvin, etc., the Baptist church was started (of course) by Jesus himself. I can’t speak intelligently about Satanism, but I do know enough about Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Voudou, and a few others to know that the religions of the world are human attempts to connect with the divine. Ain’t nothing wrong with that. A person can only devoutly follow one path, but that doesn’t negate the others. It would be tough to be a great doctor and a great plumber, but one vocational choice isn’t inherently better than the other.
4. We’re going to run out of oil. One day soon, humanity is going to suck the last drops of petroleum out of the ground. It won’t be the end of us, because there are so many other energy sources at our disposal, but it will be a serious wake up call. We use some 80 million barrels a day now worldwide– just burn it right up into the sky. Demand is going up in China, too. Can we still have Vasilene without petroleum?
5. Humans have supernatural powers. We have convinced ourselves that we’re ordinary, but we are extraordinary. Most people could potentially read minds, levitate, heal others by touch, and make something appear out of nothing. Most people could also potentially learn to play the piano–it just takes concentration, dedication, and learning from someone who already knows how to do it.
Am I right or am I right?