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    Are there politicians with whose policies you disagree yet for whom you nonetheless have respect? For example, I have a lot of respect for Newt Gingrich even though I disagree with him on most things. I just saw his earnest face on the news & couldn't help but feel brightened.

    Bob Dole is another one even though he's lamentably easy to parodize.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FunnyDigestion View Post
    Are there politicians with whose policies you disagree yet for whom you nonetheless have respect? For example, I have a lot of respect for Newt Gingrich even though I disagree with him on most things. I just saw his earnest face on the news & couldn't help but feel brightened.

    Bob Dole is another one even though he's lamentably easy to parodize.
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    Their actual character is nearly buried under a machine of PR, and so there are limits on being able to respect a given politician. I see them in the same light as people in general, but their policies are the only thing that matter as far as my choosing to support them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FunnyDigestion View Post
    Are there politicians with whose policies you disagree yet for whom you nonetheless have respect? For example, I have a lot of respect for Newt Gingrich even though I disagree with him on most things. I just saw his earnest face on the news & couldn't help but feel brightened.
    Why do you respect him again? I can't find a reason listed here, except he's "earnest." When I knew his sister-in-law, she thought he was a jerk (she was an evangelical Christian and considered him to have no character).

    Bob Dole is another one even though he's lamentably easy to parodize.
    He seemed to have more character than Newt.
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    I can't think of any. On the other hand, it would probably be pretty easy to think of people who ostensibly represent my political views but for whom I have little to no respect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    I can't think of any. On the other hand, it would probably be pretty easy to think of people who ostensibly represent my political views but for whom I have little to no respect.
    I agree with that on both counts.

    There's not many politicians who I believe are convincing representatives of conviction politics, it all seems too much like managerialism, PR and professional chic, bluffing the public while they serve their rich capitalist bosses.

    I cant think of many actual existing socialists who arent cooks or cranks, too many of them are traditionalists of the bad sort who're struck in a moment, trying to write fan fiction in the style of Marx or Trotsky and dreaming of re-enacting past battles. To be honest even in its hay day my school of thought was a minority school and under or unrepresented, Henry George, GDH Cole, Orwell, they either arent known or arent known as socialistic thinkers.

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    This might be controversial, but Vladimir Putin and kim jong-il because I would say their political read is true and correct and the actions they take make sense in light of that.

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    Ron Paul. I like maybe 25% of his ideas, but he isn't fake.

    Santorum is also truly fighting for what he believes is best, but I agree with him 0% of the time. I guess I respect dedication to his faith, even though I think he's a hateful little controlling suppressed ass weasel.

    But, I mean, if we're talking "I respect your devotion to your faith", I can say the same of the Manson Family or the guys who piloted the planes on 9/11. Those people believed with all their heart that was right.
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    I am more restricted to German politicians which you will probably not know, but well.

    My first thought to the question was actually no, but there is one guy I have at least a small bit of respect for. The one guy is Wolfgang Bosbach, whose views that I know of I disagree with to the largest part but for who I have still some respect because he had the courage to openly vote against things which his party voted for even after huge pressure and several insults from other party members, because he felt it would have been against his conscience to vote for that. If more politicians would act like that, there would be way less problems even with people who have very different views.

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    John Lewis (D-Atlanta) probably qualifies....I disagree with him on virtually everything, but he paid his dues (in the form of getting his head bashed in) during the Civil Rights struggle, and I think I remember reading an article from several years ago showing that nearly the entirety of his income is based on his congressional salary, so he probably hasn't done any legal insider trading.

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