Monday, November 7, 2016

Setting the Clock Back

Every election season, you see some flavor of this joke:

Set the clock back on Sunday, but don't set the country back 50 years this Tuesday!

A funny enough joke, although for accuracy's sake, it should probably be 40 years. I think both candidates resemble President Nixon more than President Johnson.

Anyhoo, as a philospher-type person, I feel obligated to point out that there is nothing inherently wrong with going back to older ideas and policies, especially if the new ones have failed. Like when President Obama lifted the trade restrictions on Cuba! That's setting the country back 65 years, but nobody complained too much about it. Plus, we Catholics sometimes get a lot of demands to set the clock back 1000 years in terms of married priests...

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