Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Listening, Learning & Teaching

If you are going to pursue truth, you have to be prepared to change your mind!

Rush Limbaugh May, 2009: “We do not need a listening tour. We need a teaching tour. That is what the Republican Party , or slash, the conservative movement needs to focus on. Listening tour ain’t it.”

Membership in the Republican Party is dropping - down to 21% according to recent news reports.

Republicans lost electoral ground in 2006 and even more in 2008.

And Rush believes that “they” don’t have to listen, they have to teach.

OK. As a Democrat with primarily progressive beliefs, I hope Rush’s view prevails within the remaining faithful still residing in Limbaughstan.

I wish them the best of luck with that battle cry.

Because I believe the American people have been listening to the conservative teachings over the past decades and have learned that the extreme views of today's "conservatives" don’t work.

(I believe there are thoughtful, reasoned conservatives and " we" can and should give their views consideration, and that we can learn from those who are reasoned and thoughtful. If nothing else, to find common ground and areas where we can all compromise and "hang together.")

And, I believe that if you’re going to pursue truth, you have to be willing to change your mind.

That, to able to change your mind, you have to be willing to learn and listen

I.e. you have to understand that learning never stops.

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