tiltbillings wrote:Great googaly moogaly. Obama has addressed these issues many times as have others, but even the Buddha could not convince every one of his truly true truth, and so by your lights he is a bad Buddha. Buddhism was never a majority movement in India. Naughty Buddha, not convincing everyone. Baaaad Buddha. You are simply clueless here. Obama was re-elected is a context that no other president has been re-elected in -- high unemployment, a struggling economy, which points to a fact that that he rather successfully convinced the majority of Americans of these very points. The American political and social landscapes are complicated by numerous factors, but since you watch John Stewart and know everything about American society, I don't think I need to spell it out for you.
The dhamma is subtle. Not allowing people to die because they are poor is obvious. So the comparisson is not good. Again you didn't adress the issue.
But let me be more concrete. For example, why does MSNBC not have the same strategy as Fox "News"? They could do it without lying. The republicans are raging fascists! It's scary that one of these lunatics can rise to power and have access to the nuclear codes. He could have played the Jesus card: Jesus emphasised generosity again and again; he emphasised love thy neighbour; the republicans are using Jesus against the american people. That joke of a show that was Glen Beck's should have been put down the second he called Obama, Hitler. There are limits to freedom of expression. These Fox "News" guys say the most pathetic things, including the Hitler & Stalin argument (a quite funny one btw). Are they not accountable for their words? He could have called them what they are: racists. And I know you agree with me here: the republicans just cannot stand that a black man has power over them.
Obama won the election in no small part because the other guy was one of those obvious loonies. A pathetic, robotic, loonie. Of course there is merit. I read part of the list that dagon linked to. Half of it are lies/distortions. But he did do good things. That isn't enough to make him a good president, imo.
I already admited not to know american politics in detail and that my main source of knowledge comes from the Daily Show, so why are you being sarcastic about me knowing all of american politics because of Jon Stewart? That was precisely the thing I inicialy said was not true.
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)