29 February 2012

Santorum or Khameini?

This is a fun little quiz from Foreign Policy that I am blatantly and unashamedly stealing because their formatting is stupid. Seriously, who wants to click across nine pages to answer a quiz? I'm attributing it, though, so don't sue me. If you want to take the quiz in their stupid format, you can go to their website via the above link.

Anyways, the idea:

Each of these quotes is from either Rick Santorum (again, don't click the link if you're at work) or Ayatollah Khameini, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Can you guess which quote is from which politician? Answers after.

1."We were put on this Earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the Earth."

2. "We believe in democracy and we also believe in freedom, but we do not believe in liberal democracy."

3. "Although the literal meaning of socialism is equitable distribution of wealth, it is associated with other concepts which we hate. Over time, socialism has come to be associated with certain things in society that are unacceptable to us."

4. "The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness."

5. "This is not a political war at all. This is not a cultural war. This is a spiritual war."

6. "This is a war between two willpowers: the willpower of the people and the willpower of their enemies."

7. "Go back and read what the sirens did once you arrived on that island.… They devour you. They destroy you. They consume you."

8. "The American people's hatred for Iran is profound." Oh wait, we got that one backward. Sorry. It should read:

8. "The Iranian people's hatred for America is profound."



Answers
Santorum: 1, 4, 5, 7
Khomeini: 2, 3, 6, 8


How many'd you get? My guess: not all of them. This isn't an argument, or good politics - but it is illuminating as to the state of political discourse in this country that we can't tell a government that is supposed to be (if you believe in the constitution and all that) the pinnacle of liberal democracy (I use "liberal" here in the enlightenment rather than the contemporary pejorative sense) from an Islamic theocracy that is supposed to be our strongest contrast.

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