I agree, and yes, my examples are often hyperbolic. I've just noticed, over and over again, how readily so called idealistic commitments are compromised in the face of exigent reality, even at the highest level. (We all understand personal weakness.) Take a really banal example: George W Bush's utter capitulation to Keynesian economics (government stimulus) in the face of economic collapse.Service Dog wrote: ↑Hunt-- I think your point would be clearer-- if you framed it as 'fair weather' preferences, rather than 'in a perfect world' ideals. You make it sound like anyone who subscribes-to any values-- is lost chasing a hopeless utopia, doomed to become a hypocrite. Rather than merely a state of deciding-to make compromises one would rather-not.
And some people do choose to be martyrs to a principle.
And it goes both ways, as that example above illustrates. We all know the stereotypical right winger who thinks the libtard lives in la la land. But the right occupies its own fantasy island and drops its pretenses as readily as does the left when the going gets rough.