chaosman wrote:People don't always do the things they should do. I disagree that the word should indicates an obligation. It indicates something that ought to happen. That doesn't mean that it will or that it has to. An obligation has an implication of something with law or force behind it, something with penalties if it is not done. A difference in terminology can be a huge difference IMO.
Kea wrote:In other words, I think the government should provide libraries, but it isn't Obligated to.
Kea wrote:Dude, this is what I mean. The things I think a government is Capital L Obligated to do, it ought to do whether its citizens like it or not, because failure to do so would be a fundamental violation of the people's rights. Examples include holding regular elections, permitting free speech, and preventing systemic discrimination. If a majority of the population voted to, I dunno, tar and feather Mexicans, the government is obligated not to carry it out. On principle.
I guess in this case, I'd wonder how you distinguish "I think the government should provide libraries" from "I want the government to provide libraries." And if you think there's no difference, why select the word that implies imperative instead of desire?
Taurus II wrote:In his post For Liberals from an Ex-Conservative: The First Principle of Conservativism, Brad Hicks explains that conservatism's guiding principle is,Anything that encourages you to stay in school until you get a good job, get married and never stray, work every waking hour, save every penny, and invest every possible penny into improving your children's lot in life is good. Anything that distracts you from doing those things is bad.
Jorodryn wrote:We have somewhere between 12 and 20 million people in our country illegally. It doesn't matter where they are from they should not be here.
Kea wrote:Because I'm not a @#*ing pedant. That's why.
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