I love my dojo. The teachers are, without exception, top quality and, also without exception, they are just about the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Oh, one other thing: without exception, they’re pro-Obama and anti-War.
What this means is that you have people who dedicate their lives to teaching fighting, and who believe passionately in personal self-defense, but who are ideologically completely opposed to the notion of national self-defense. They believe that, at the personal level, if one can’t defuse a hostile opponent quickly, one should subdue that opponent with swift and overwhelming (although not necessarily deadly) force. However, they believe that, at the national level, there is never any justification for a nation to go to war. War is evil. Bush was an evil war-monger. Obama is good because he is the bringer of peace.
(And no, I haven’t talked to them about Obama’s decision to conduct a temporary, mini-Surge in Iran Afghanistan. [Editor’s note: Was that a Freudian slip, or what?] Indeed, I never talk politics with them at all. I just listen to their conversations and read their bumperstickers. I’ve learned that, when it comes to politics in Marin, direct confrontation is never as effective as small asides that cause people to think.)
I always wonder when the cognitive dissonance between my teachers’ personal passions and their politics will finally become overwhelming. They’d probably be helped if they ever saw this Steve Crowder video: