Arnold: Drop your principles; embrace mine

Arnold: Drop your principles; embrace mine

The headline says it all here: “Schwarzenegger to Stimulus Opponents: Economy More Important Than Principles”. For some people, perhaps some politicians, so-called “principles” are merely malleable positions espoused for the purpose of scoring political victories, easily jettisoned when the shifting tides of politics dictate. But for the rest of us, principles are closely held beliefs, based on considered cogitation, that define our approach to the world as a reality.

In other words, if they really are principles then they are not in conflict with what we truly believe to be the best way to, in this example, fix the economy. Principles are supposed to be our fundamental approach to the world.

What we can do with less of are political games of one-upmanship designed to elevate the players and score media points. You know, like attacking your supposed fellow-travelers in your party for favorable quotes in the media.


Written by
Domenico Bettinelli